Harkness Healthy Dance Initiative
Week of August 14, 2020
Making space for

Harkness Center Healthy Dancer Initiative

Group of dancers jumping in class.

The Harkness Center Healthy Dancer Initiative provides professional dancers in financial need with subsidized classes at three of New York City’s premier dance centers and free wellness workshops to encourage a sound, holistic approach to self-care and aid in career longevity.

  • $5 dance technique and somatic classes at Gibney, Mark Morris Dance Center, and RIOULT Dance Center. Dancers may take up to 30 classes over the six-month term across the three centers. All adult drop-in classes are included.
  • Free professional development courses and injury prevention workshops at the three Centers, led by Harkness Center for Dance Injuries staff.
  • Free wellness screening conducted by the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

Dancers are eligible based on financial need – gross household income is equal to or below 225% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) – and accepted by lottery into each six-month term. There are two terms each year. View Income Threshold chart.


TERM: APR. 1 – SEP. 30, 2020
+ Wellness Screenings at each center

Applicants must be available for at least one of these mandatory Injury Prevention Workshops prior to starting the program. These workshops are scheduled at all three centers: Gibney 280 Broadway, Mark Morris Dance Center, and RIOULT Dance Center.

Tuesday, Mar. 17 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Thursday, Mar. 19 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Monday, Mar. 23 from 10:00am – 12:00pm

About the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

As the world’s leading clinical program in Dance Medicine, the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health (HCDI) has dedicated itself to enhancing the health, well-being and quality of life of dancers and dance companies by providing breakthrough approaches to injury prevention, advanced medical treatment, education and training, and state-of-the-art research. HCDI is expanding its reach through the new Harkness Center Healthy Dancer Initiative, a wellness program in partnership with Gibney and like-minded organizations. For more information about HCDI programs and services, go to www.danceinjury.org.


Gibney is a groundbreaking organization whose vision is to tap into the vast potential of movement, creativity and performance to effect social change and personal transformation. Through our three interrelated fields of work— Center, two beautiful spaces at 890 and 280 Broadway in New York City comprising a vibrant performing arts complex; Company, the acclaimed resident dance ensemble led by choreographer Gina Gibney; and Community Action, our highly respected social action program. Gibney Dance is “Making Space for Dance” in studios, on stages,  and in partnership with schools and organizations addressing gender violence.

Gibney is at the forefront of mobilizing the arts to address social justice issues. The organization’s highly respected programs use movement to transform lives through multiple platforms, including: Movement Workshops, which shares tools of choice, self-expression, collaboration and self-care with survivors of intimate partner violence; Hands are for Holding assemblies and residencies, which engage New York City youth on the topic of violence and bullying prevention; and Moving Toward Justice, which mobilizes artists to respond to social issues. Gibney values all that artists have to offer as makers, activists and entrepreneurs and allows these skillsets to flourish under one roof and reverberate back into the community.


The Mark Morris Dance Center is a creative and cultural hub for community members of all levels of experience and interests, with and without disabilities. Home to the world-renowned Mark Morris Dance Group, The School, Adult Dance & Fitness program, and Dance for PD®, the Dance Center also shares its studios with independent dance artists through its Subsidized Rehearsal Space Program.


RIOULT Dance NY, founded in 1994, is a New York City-based modern dance company dedicated to supporting the creation and performance of dance works by choreographer Pascal Rioult, and to educating and expanding modern dance audiences. Over the last 25 years, RIOULT has amassed a rich repertory of nearly 50 works and reaches over 20,000 individuals annually through its NY season performances, national and international touring, and a spectrum of dance education and community engagement programs.

In October 2018, RIOULT Dance NY opened the doors to the RIOULT Dance Center in the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria, Queens. A much-anticipated permanent home for the Company, the Center positions RIOULT as a major asset to the dance community at large through its offering of affordable studio rentals, schedule of public dance technique and fitness classes, and high-caliber dance training for young people at the newly formed RIOULT Dance School.

Copyright Gina Gibney Dance Inc., photo by Scott Shaw. 


Q: Who is eligible?

Professional and professional-track dancers are eligible based on financial need which is determined based on income and household size. 

View the Income Threshold chart to see if you qualify.

Q: Am I required to take class at all three dance centers?

We encourage participants to visit all three Centers over the course of the program to experience a wider variety of teachers, styles, and environments. However, there are no requirements or quotas.

Q: Do I have to live in New York to qualify?

No! There are no residency restrictions. Applications from international dancers are also welcome.

Q: How many applicants are accepted per term?

75 dancers are accepted for each six-month term. Please note: Only complete and qualified applications will be entered into the lottery.

Q: May I apply more than once?

Yes. If you aren’t selected for a term, you are welcome to apply again for entry into the lottery. 

Q: If I’ve participated in one session, may I apply for another?

At this time, participants are only eligible for one term.

Q: What are the selected participants expected to do?

  • Use full benefits (take 30 $5 classes within the 4-month term)
  • Participate in a wellness screening, which will take place at Gibney
  • Plan to attend the Injury Prevention workshop and any of additional workshops offered during the term
  • Participate in the ongoing evaluation and assessment of the program.

Q: How do I calculate my income?

  1. Identify all of your sources of income
  • Income from employment (W-2 or 1099)
  • Income from self-employment
  • Income from other sources 

Some examples:

  • A paycheck, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly
  • Tips in cash at each shift
  • Any kind of weekly or monthly payment, such as child support, pension, or unemployment benefits
  • Annual bonus
  1. Convert wages into yearly totals.
  • Hourly wages from an employer (before taxes and other deductions are taken out)
  • Gross income on a pay stub (paid weekly, every two weeks, etc.)
  • Net income earned from self-employment (after business and other expenses are taken out)
  1. Add income from all sources together to get your total annual income.

Q: How do I determine family size or who should be included in my household?

Members of your household include:

  • Spouse
  • Registered domestic partner
  • Dependents
  • Joint tax filer

Independent roommates or friends staying with you do not make up your household for tax or income reporting purposes, unless you claim them as dependents.