DIGITAL: Mental Health with Harkness Center for Dance Injuries 

Oct. 23, 3:30 pm4:30 pm



Join Elizabeth Barchi, MD of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in a workshop exploring mental health considerations specific to the dance training environment shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics discussed include the biopsychosocial model, resiliency, perfectionism in an imperfect dance environment, and dancers’ relationship to their art form.


Dr. Barchi is a board-certified pediatrician with an added qualification in pediatric sports medicine. Her early career with Brandywine Ballet sparked both her passion for dance medicine and her career in the innovation of medical care and training of dancers. During her fellowship training at NYU School of Medicine, she studied dance medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Rose and Dr. Weiss. She is thrilled to be a part of the groundbreaking medical and research teams at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.


NYU Langone Health’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries is dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of dancers by providing breakthrough approaches to injury prevention, medical treatment, education and training, and research. Founded in 1989 through a partnership between Harkness Foundation for Dance and Hospital for Joint Diseases, the Harkness Center provides world-class clinical care for dancers of all types and levels. The Harkness Center’s evidence-based practice has produced globally accepted approaches to the recognition, treatment, and prevention of dance injuries. In addition, the Harkness Center offers injury prevention workshops, screenings, and academic training with live and online ( continuing education courses.


Gibney’s Training Department, led by Senior Director of Training, Alexandra Wells, serves the current and holistic needs of adult dance artists, with consideration for the multiplicity of career expressions and entry points. Through the cultivation of an inclusive and positive space, our offerings make space for exploration, risk-taking, personal and artistic growth, connection, and fun. It is our priority to listen to and support our community and to empower the future leaders of the field.

Gibney Professional Development supports dance professionals of all backgrounds building (and re-building) a unique and sustainable career through accessible learning, expanding skills, and fostering a diverse and inclusive community.


Classes will be streamed live via Zoom. You need a device connected to the internet, you don’t need camera capabilities. Students must pre-register for class and download the Zoom app to join.

Registration will close 20 minutes before the class time. 15 minutes before class, you will receive an email with the Zoom link. Please make sure your Zoom name matches the name you signed up for class with. The class will close 10 minutes after its scheduled start time so please join the class on time.

Please be advised that if there is more than one class taker on your zoom, all must be registered for the class before starting. If a class taker is not registered, Gibney staff will remove you from the class immediately. You will be allowed to re-enter the class once all participants have registered.

All classes are in Eastern Standard Time.