Program Tracks - Gibney
Week of July 15, 2020
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Program Tracks

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Within the Gibney Visa & Professional Training Program, students choose a track based on their interests and professional goals: Contemporary Dance, Choreographic Process, Ballet Studies, Community Action, or Independent Study.

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

Tracks
CONTEMPORARY DANCE TRACK

Time to Complete Program: 3, 6, 9, or 12 Months
Minimum Hours per Month: 88 Hours
Start Date: First Monday of any Month
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 TRACK

Time to Complete Program: 6 or 12 months
Minimum Hours per Month: 88 Hours
Start Date: First Monday of September or March
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)
  • 4 Creative Exploration / Performative Techniques & Composition (4 hours)

Students in the Choreographic Process Track must complete an Independent Choreographic Project. This project offers students the opportunity to create a performance from start to finish with the support of a professional dance institution. 

Project components include:

BALLET STUDIES TRACK

Time to Complete Program: 3, 6, 9, or 12 Months
Minimum Hours per Month: 88 Hours
Start Date: First Monday of any Month
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 TRACK

Time to Complete Program: 6 Months
Minimum Hours per Month: 88 Hours
Start Date: First Monday of September
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)

Students in the Community Action track research and develop their own Community Action and Arts practice, class, or project. Students receive guidance and support from Gibney’s Community Action department. This program is designed for students interested in creating a project with a very specific focus and bringing it back to their home country or community. 

Project components include:

Students may elect to add a performance option to the Community Action track for an additional fee. Please review the Choreographic Process Track information for Choreographic Project components.  

INDEPENDENT STUDY TRACK

Time to Complete Program: 3, 6, 9, or 12 Months
Minimum Hours per Month: 88 Hours
Start Date: First Monday of any Month
Certificate Achieved: Certificate of Completion, Independent Study Program
Concentrations available in: Pedagogy/Teaching, Physical Theater, Somatic Practices

Weekly Requirements (22 instructional hours):

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

Students in the Independent Study track develop their own concentration based on their unique interests and career goals. Past Independent Study concentrations have included pedagogy/teaching, physical theater, and somatic practices. This track culminates in a final presentation. Final presentation format may include a performance, class instructed, formal presentation, written project, or other form, based on student’s concentration, with approval from Gibney Training Program Staff. 

Additional Projects to be completed within curriculum:

  • Independent Research Project, related to Concentration
  • Final Project Presentation

Students may elect to add a performance option to the Independent Study track for an additional fee. Please review the Choreographic Process Track information for Choreographic Project components.