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What

Gibney’s mission is to tap into the vast potential of movement, creativity, and performance to effect social change and personal transformation.

Gibney is a dance company, a performing arts hub, and a social action incubator.

Our Community initiatives use art as a means to prevent and move beyond violence 365 days a year. We are the steward of two beautiful spaces comprising a vibrant performing arts Center, and our acclaimed Company of Artistic Associates performs works by renowned and rising contemporary choreographers.

Through expansive programming, we push boundaries, address pressing issues, lift voices, and mobilize the power of movement to transform lives and, in turn, change the world we live in.

Code of Conduct

Gibney is committed to building a respectful and open community. Our aim is to create a space where all members of our community feel welcome and comfortable. As such, negative and inappropriate behaviors are not acceptable at Gibney, including: verbal abuse, hate speech, physical assault, disrespect, intimidation, or other forms of misconduct.

We reserve the right to refuse service and/or to restrict access to any visitor whose presence or participation at Gibney jeopardizes the welcoming and inclusive culture we are working to establish, or detracts from the safety, welfare, and wellbeing of other patrons or staff.

Gibney seeks to create an equitable, inclusive, and diverse community representative of the core values of our organization. Any forms of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, or any other grounds are not permitted on the premises. Gibney reserves the right, at its own discretion, to reprogram any Gibney activity and to dismiss any individuals or groups who infringe upon this Code of Conduct.

Statement on Equity & Inclusion

Inclusion and equal treatment of all members of the community are core values of Gibney and central to its mission. Gibney is committed to diversity in every aspect of its programming and services. Diversity in this context refers to aesthetics, groups, communities, and individuals identified by race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, age, or disability status. Gibney is committed to honoring, nurturing, and advancing dance through the lens of diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in all aspects of its programming, services, and organization. Inclusion means a commitment to making all members of the community feel welcome and comfortable at Gibney.

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History

Over the course of nearly 30 years, Gibney has evolved from a socially active dance company with a single dance studio to a two-location performing arts and social justice powerhouse.

Founded in 1991 as a dance company dedicated to social action, Gibney has emerged as a cultural leader operating 23 studios across two Manhattan facilities—a feat unheard of in recent years.

Yet, Gibney is so much more than space. The organization provides a holistic ecosystem designed to support artists at every stage of their career, from creative process through performance, to discourse and community engagement.

When

Explore our calendar of upcoming events. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all events are being held virtually.

Where

Gibney Centers are reopening for limited capacity space rentals this spring.

Read about our COVID-19 safety plan below, and learn about updated rental processes and procedures on our Rentals FAQ page. All other classes and events continue to be held online.

Plan Your Visit

COVID-19 POLICIES & PROCEDURES

Gibney has developed thorough operations and safety plans for reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These plans are forward-thinking and flexible, incorporating all the knowledge and resources made available to us by the State of New York, the CDC, WHO, and the guidance of experts in the fields of medicine, operations, HVAC, and sanitation.

280 BROADWAY

Gibney Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center

Location & Transit Information

The main entrance for Gibney Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center is located at 53A Chambers Street. The building operates from 8:00am-10:00pm EST Monday-Friday and 10:00am-10:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Subways & Buses

Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall: 4,5,6
Elevator east of City Hall near Chambers Street and Centre Street.

Bus connections: M9, M22, M55, M103, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, QM7, QM8, QM11, QM25, X1, X10, SIM1, SIM2, SIM4/4x, SIM32, SIM34, SIM1c, SIM3c, SIM4c, SIM15, SIM35. 

World Trade Center: E, R 
Elevator inside Port Authority building (33 Vesey Street) at southwest corner of Church and Vesey Streets. Take elevator to mezzanine level for passageway to  E platform. The  E platform can also be accessed via street elevators at southwest and northeast corners of Dey Street and Broadway. Take elevator to Concourse/R  level for passageway to downtown  R platform level. Passageway to platform is at same/north end of downtown  platform. 

Connections: M55 (northbound) (southbound M55 is one block east on Broadway); BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM18, QM7, QM8, QM11, QM25, SIM1, SIM2, SIM4/4x, SIM15, SIM32, SIM34, SIM35, SIM1c, SIM3c, SIM4c, (PATH)

Chambers St: 1, 2, 3
Elevator at northwest corner of Hudson and Chambers Streets.

Bus connections: M5 (northbound), (one block east at Church St), M9 (at Warren and Murray Sts), M20 (southbound ), M22, SIM1, SIM2, SIM4/4x, SIM32, SIM34, SIM1c, SIM3c, SIM4c, SIM15. 

For more detailed information on the accessible subways of New York City please visit web.mta.info/accessibility/stations.htm. 

Wheelchair accessible taxicab upon request. (www.accessibledispatch.com) 

Parking

Free street parking on Sundays.

Accessibility

Venue Details

Gibney 280 Broadway is accessible via elevator from the main entrance at 53A Chambers Street. The building operates from 8:00am-10:00pm EST Monday-Friday and 10:00am-10:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

There are automated, double doors at this entrance. Please utilize the square actuator to the side of the entrances to mobilize the doors. Upon entrance, there will be a wide hallway and a guard stationed at a desk near the bottom of the stairwell. You will be asked to sign in and clearly note your full name and time of arrival.

Bathrooms

There is one ADA compliant, gender neutral bathroom on the first floor, outside of Studio A.

There are six ADA compliant, gender-neutral bathrooms on the second floor. Two of which are accessible through the dressing rooms.

Kitchenette Access

There is a kitchenette with a sink, refrigerator and counter space on the second floor.

Signage

Braille signage is posted on studios, offices, bathrooms and dressing rooms.

Sensitivities to be Aware Of

Gibney is not a scent free environment.

Gibney is lit with florescent lighting. Certain studios and offices can be adjusted upon request.

Strobe lights may be used in certain events or performances. Strobe warnings will be written in programs and stated audibly.

Online Event Accessibility Features

Many online events feature live ASL interpreters (see event pages for more details) and live captioning through Otter Transcription is available for all events by request. If you have any questions or access needs, please contact Elyse Desmond at 646.837.6809 (Voice only), or by e-mailing elyse@gibneydance.org. If you are hoping to attend an event and would like us to engage the services of an ASL interpreter or audio descriptor, please let us know with as much notice as possible, and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Performance-Based Accessibility Features

Accessible seating for performances is available.

Requests for reasonable accommodations including braille or large print programs, ASL and /or CART services we ask for a minimum of 4 weeks advance notice. Audio description for programs and performances can be offered via 2 microphones and available for up to 8 audience members simultaneously by contacting Elyse Desmond at 646.837.6809 (Voice only), or by e-mailing elyse@gibneydance.org.

Child care is not available.

Training & Class Accessibility Features

Gibney encourages people with disabilities to attend online and in-person classes, and we welcome the opportunity to make events more accessible. Live captioning through Otter Transcription is available for all online classes by request. If you have any questions or access needs, please email us at classes@gibneydance.org or call us at 212-677-8560 (voice only) 24 hours in advance of the class you plan to attend.

In the Case of an Emergency

Wheelchair Users & Mobility Disabilities: If the person(s) cannot exit the building via stairs without weight-bearing assistance, notify staff member to wait with them at the welcome desk until the fire department, paramedics, or other authorities arrive and can help escort them out of the building.

Hard of Hearing & Deaf People: In case of a fire, fire alarms will flash bright white lights as the alarms ring.

Please Note

This accessibility information sheet is a compilation of preexisting resources and best practices learned by Gibney. Our commitment to accessibility is a work in progress and is not comprehensive. We welcome information about additional resources. Please email elyse@gibneydance.org with your suggestions.

Special thank you to Dance/NYC and Temple University who’s access practices were used as a resource for this document.

Security

Safety and security are a priority at all the Gibney facilities. We ask that you follow security protocols with the understanding that they are necessary to ensure the protection and well-being of everyone who works in our studios.

All guests must sign in with their full name before entering Gibney’s spaces at 280 Broadway and 890 Broadway, and ID may be requested at the discretion of building security. Compliance with this policy ensures that our spaces are safe and secure for all visitors.

The 890 Broadway building requires guests to present photo ID upon every sign-in in order to be granted access to the building. This is a building-wide policy, not a policy of Gibney. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver’s license, passport, school ID, voter registration card, green card, state ID card.

If for any reason you are unable to sign in or present ID, contact Director of Center Facilities and Security, Elyse Desmond, at elyse@gibneydance.org.

890 BROADWAY

Location & Transit Information

Gibney 890 Broadway is located on Broadway between 19th and 20th streets, near Union Square park. Building hours are: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm Monday – Friday, and 9:00 am – 6:30 pm on Saturdays.

Subways & Buses

14th St. Union Square: L, N, Q, R, W

Elevator at northeast corner of 14th Street and Park Avenue South (Union Square East).

Bus connections: M1, M2, M3 (all northbound), M14A, M14D

23rd St.: 6

Elevator on northeast corner of 23rd Street and Park Avenue South (uptown) and northwest corner of 23rd Street and Park Avenue South (downtown).

Bus connections: M1, M2, M3 (all northbound), M23 SBS, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, BxM10, BxM11 (southbound only) and QM21

For more detailed information on the accessible subways of New York City please visit web.mta.info/accessibility/stations.htm.

Wheelchair accessible taxicab upon request. (www.accessibledispatch.com)

Accessible Parking

Sound Parking Corp. located at: 6 E 17th St.

Accessibility

Venue Details

The main entrance for Gibney 890 Broadway is an accessible entrance and available during all building hours: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm EST Monday – Friday, and 9:00 am – 6:30 pm on Saturdays. Gibney 890 is located on the 5th Floor of 890 Broadway. The building is situated between 19th St. and 20th St. on Broadway. Please be aware that 890 Broadway is a landmarked historic building that was built 1906, with that being said our hallways are quite narrow.

The general accessible entrance for this location is located at 890 Broadway. Please note that this is a shared entrance with American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Tech, who both reside within 890 Broadway.

To access the elevator, there are two sets of manually operating doors, and a front desk where you will be asked to provide a valid photo ID and sign in with the security guard on duty. The elevators are manually operated, you may state to the elevator operator that you are going to Gibney on the 5th floor. The elevators open onto the 5th floor: the left hand elevator opens to a narrow hallway near Studio 1, and the right hand elevator opens into a narrow hallway that leads to a main hallway. The Gibney Center Office is located between both elevator banks.

Requests for reasonable accommodation or for access to the 890 Broadway location outside of listed hours should be made three days in advance by contacting Elyse Desmond at elyse@gibneydance.org or 212.677.8560 (Voice only).

Studios

All studios at 890 are fully accessible spaces.

Bathrooms

There is one ADA compliant, gender neutral bathroom located on the left side of the Green Room.

Greenroom Access

There is a Green Room with a sink, refrigerator and counter space on the 5th floor.

Signage

Braille signage is currently not posted on studios, offices, bathrooms and dressing rooms.

Sensitivities to be Aware Of

Gibney is not a scent free environment.

Gibney is lit with florescent lighting. Certain studios and offices can be adjusted upon request.

Event-Based Accessibility Features

For requests for reasonable accommodations including braille or large print programs, ASL and /or CART services we ask for a minimum of 2 weeks advance notice. Audio description for programs and events can be offered via 2 microphones and available for up to 3 audience members simultaneously by contacting Elyse@gibneydance.org.

Child care is not available.

Training & Class Accessibility Features

Gibney encourages people with disabilities to attend online and in-person classes, and we welcome the opportunity to make events more accessible. Live captioning through Otter Transcription is available for all online classes by request. If you have any questions or access needs, please email us at classes@gibneydance.org or call us at 212-677-8560 (voice only) 24 hours in advance of the class you plan to attend.

In the Case of an Emergency

Wheelchair Users & Mobility Disabilities: If the person(s) cannot exit the building via stairs without weight-bearing assistance, notify staff member to wait with them at the Center Office until the fire department, paramedics, or other authorities arrive and can help escort them out of the building.

Hard of Hearing & Deaf People: In case of a fire, fire alarms will flash bright white lights as the alarms ring.

Please Note

This accessibility information sheet is a compilation of preexisting resources and best practices learned by Gibney.  Our commitment to accessibility is a work in progress and is not comprehensive. We welcome information about additional resources. Please email elyse@gibneydance.org  with your suggestions. 

 Special thank you to Dance/NYC and Temple University who’s access practices were used as a resource for this document 

Security

Safety and security are a priority at all the Gibney facilities. We ask that you follow security protocols with the understanding that they are necessary to ensure the protection and well-being of everyone who works in our studios.

All guests must sign in with their full name before entering Gibney’s spaces at 280 Broadway and 890 Broadway, and ID may be requested at the discretion of building security. Compliance with this policy ensures that our spaces are safe and secure for all visitors.

The 890 Broadway building requires guests to present photo ID upon every sign-in in order to be granted access to the building. This is a building-wide policy, not a policy of Gibney. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver’s license, passport, school ID, voter registration card, green card, state ID card.

If for any reason you are unable to sign in or present ID, contact Director of Center Facilities and Security, Elyse Desmond, at elyse@gibneydance.org.

Support

The generous support of individuals like you has unparalleled impact across Gibney’s Center, Company, and Community initiatives.

Today, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, our vision for making space may look different, but the goal remains the same: to deploy resources that bring communities together and ignite change.

Gibney is committed to supporting the artists who keep the heart and soul of New York City alive, whether our doors are open or closed.

Artists will play a uniquely valuable role in rebuilding a vibrant, thriving City, and your meaningful partnership is vital to their reentry to the field. Will you join us?

Please email development@gibneydance.org with questions about supporting Gibney.