International Visa Program Curriculum | Study Dance In NYC
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International Visa Program: Curriculum

Summer Study Scholarships
Within the Gibney Program, students choose a program based on their interests and professional goals.

There are separate course requirements for each program, resulting in at least 22 hours of instructional time in the classroom and varying lengths of time in lab instruction dependent upon the program. Students can take up to 56 classes per month, but must complete at least 44 classes to maintain their status. These hours do not include lab hours, rehearsals or independent projects outside of instructional class time.

Programs of Study

Contemporary Dance Program

Time to Complete Program: 12 weeks (3 months), with the option to extend to 6 months or 1 year Certificate Achieved: Certificate of Completion, Contemporary Dance Program

Weekly Requirements (22 instructional hours):

  • 5 Daily Technique Classes (10 hours)
  • 2 Physical Inquiry & Somatic Practices Classes (4 hours)
  • 4 Elective Classes (8 hours)

Choreographic Process Program

Time to Complete Program: 24 weeks (6 months), with the option to extend training to 1 year Certificate Achieved: Certificate of Completion, Choreographic Process Program

Weekly Requirements (22 instructional hours):

  • 5 Daily Technique (10 hours)
  • 2 Physical Inquiry & Somatic Practices (4 hours)
  • 2 Creative Exploration / Performative Techniques & Composition (8 hours)

Additional Projects to be completed within curriculum:

  • 1 Seminar in Dance Production (12 hours)
  • Independent Choreographic Project (minimum 96 hours)

Ballet Studies Program

Time to Complete Program: 12 weeks (3 months), with the option to extend to 6 months or 1 year Certificate Achieved: Certificate of Completion, Ballet Studies Program

Weekly Requirements (22 instructional hours):

  • 5 Daily Technique- Ballet (10 hours)
  • 2 Daily Technique- Contemporary (4 hours)
  • 2 Physical Inquiry & Somatic Practices (4 hours)
  • 2 Electives (4 hours)

Community Action Program

Time to Complete Program: 24 weeks (6 months), with the option to extend training to 1 year Certificate Achieved: Certificate of Completion, Community Action Program

Weekly Requirements (22 instructional hours):

  • 3 Physical Inquiry & Somatic Practices (6 hours)
  • 1 Creative Exploration / Performative Techniques & Composition (4 hours)
  • 4 Daily Technique (8 hours)
  • 2 Electives (4 hours)

Additional Projects to be completed within curriculum:

  • Community Action Teaching Practicum (12 hours)
  • Independent Research Project (minimum 48 hours)
  • Participation in HUB Workshops (2 hours per month)

Independent Study Program

Time to Complete Program: 528 instructional hours and 108 laboratory hours in 24 weeks (6 months), with the option to extend training to 1 year Certificate Achieved: Certificate of Completion, Independent Study Program Concentrations available in: Pedagogy, Nonprofit Management, Somatic Practices, Movement Research Studies, Simonson Technique, Limón Technique*

Weekly Requirements (22 instructional hours):

  • 14 Instructional Hours in Concentration
  • 8 Instructional Hours in Other Disciplines

Additional Projects to be completed within curriculum:

  • Independent Research Project (minimum 96 hours)

Student will be paired with a mentor, who will guide the student through the process and completion of an Independent Research Project to be reviewed prior to the student receiving their certificate.

*Independent Study Students interested in a Limón Technique concentration may apply to the Limón Professional Studies Program in addition to the Gibney Visa Program.

Starting Date

Contemporary Dance Technique Program, Ballet Studies Program and Independent Study Program students can begin the first Monday of any month. Choreographic Process Program students can enroll either the first Monday of January or September. Community Action Program students can begin the first Monday of January, May or September.

Core Concentrations

Gibney houses a pre-eminent training ground that provides a comprehensive contemporary dance education. Its thoughtfully composed curriculum is unique among New York City dance studios. Class offerings are balanced across five areas of concentration that radiate from internal exploration to external engagement:

  • Physical Inquiry & Somatic Practices
  • Dance Technique
  • Creative Exploration & Improvisation
  • Performative Techniques & Composition
  • Community Engagement & Audience Development

These concentrations are designed to guide students so that they receive a well-rounded, holistic dance education while feeding their individual artistic curiosities. Whatever the chosen approach, our program supports each person’s inquiry while inciting cross-pollination across methodologies.

Physical Inquiry & Somatic Practices
Classes and workshops in this category encompass a wide range of body practices, designed to increase core strength, flexibility, and mobility. These classes focus upon expanding one’s understanding and efficient use of the body, and are suitable for professional dancers and non-dancers alike. Somatic forms offered, both regularly and for intensive workshops, include yoga for dancers and a wide range of classes/faculty associated with Movement Research including Alexander technique, Mind-Body Centering work and more.

Daily Technique Class
All technique classes are designed for the professional or aspiring professional dancer and taught by the highly experienced NYC dance professionals and members of the most exciting NYC dance companies, including the Trisha Brown Dance Company, company members from Doug Varone and Dancers, David Dorfman and Dancers, the faculty of Movement Research, the Simonson/New Dance Collective and much more. There are approximately 25 technique classes weekly offered at our downtown location, Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway.

Improvisation & Creative Exploration
A series of classes and workshops are offered that focus on a range of contemporary dance improvisational techniques, taught by choreographers/dancers including members of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, the faculty of Movement Research, LeeSaar, guest artists from The Playground, and other members of the improvisation community.

Composition & Performative Techniques
A series of workshops with NYC’s most renowned teachers of dance composition is offered through Gibney. Additionally, Gibney holds ongoing lectures, workshops, open rehearsals and outreach opportunities to discover more about compositional techniques and artistic/choreographic practices.

Community Engagement & Audience Development
Gibney 280 Broadway is home to three performance spaces that create opportunities for diverse performance experiences, from in-progress showings to fully realized presentational events. Additionally, Gibney’s Community Action Program creates opportunities for movement workshops for survivors of domestic violence, the only program of its kind in NYC.