Gibney x Springboard Danse Montréal

Since 2015, Gibney has proudly partnered with Springboard Danse Montréal and Founder Alexandra Wells to offer dynamic, diverse learning opportunities for New York City-based dance artists.

Learn more about Springboard and our joint initiatives below!

SpringboardX skills + process, Winter/Weekend workshops, Pop-Up workshops

Since 2015, SpringboardX has presented Springboard artists in diverse opportunities worldwide. In an ongoing visionary expansion of the partnership between Springboard and Gibney (NYC), these intensives offer a taste of Springboard Danse Montréal in a non-audition workshop setting. Ranging from weekend workshops to two-week intensives, SpringboardX brings artists together for an up-close-and-personal experience, often accompanied by panel discussions and informal showings.

Springboard Fellowship

Springboard’s new Fellowship program is designed to provide equitable support explicitly to BIPOC Choreographers. Beginning in 2022, the Springboard Fellowship will support one to two BIPOC artists through a new branch of the Emerging Choreographers Program. The program is designed to provide Fellows with residency opportunities, marketing, and mentoring resources within Springboard’s global network. We believe that artists know what they need best, and we look forward to uplifting the artistic visions of each Fellow.

This initiative is fueled in part by Springboard and Gibney’s continued partnership, as well as a supportive partnership with the Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation and its programming at Chez Bushwick. As partners, we are thrilled to pool, share, and distribute resources to address targeted inequities in the wider dance field.

Emerge Award

Springboard Danse Montréal and Gibney Company launched the EMERGE Choreographic Award in 2018. Each year, one of Springboard’s Resident or Emerging Choreographers is selected by Gibney Company for a new commission.

The selected artist receives commissioning support to create a new work for Gibney Company that premieres on a split bill program the following year, alongside mentorship throughout the creative process from a seasoned choreographer. Additionally, the artist is presented with opportunities to teach classes and share their creative process through showings and dialogues at Gibney.

Springboard Presents

On behalf of Springboard Danse Montréal, Alexandra Wells will begin curating Springboard artists in 2022 for performances as well as technical residencies at Gibney: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center. More information forthcoming.

Springboard’s visionary partnerships allow our mission to manifest more deeply and broadly. Collaboratively, we are able to share resources internationally across institutions to better support artists.

About Springboard Danse Montréal

Springboard Danse Montréal is a dynamic, artistic ecosystem that facilitates job placement and successive career development. Committed to addressing the current needs of dancers striving to enter the evolving job market through the cultivation of equitable access and opportunity, Springboard has been connecting dancers and choreographers since 2001. Our programming fills the crucial gaps in our field with opportunities for artists to flourish as they develop lifelong professional relationships. We welcome artists into our expansive network and multigenerational family through our year-round programming.


Springboard Danse Montréal is a not-for-profit contemporary dance organization that centers career development and connects professional dancers, choreographers, and companies. Springboard’s dynamic ecosystem facilitates jobs, mentorship, and ethical practices in the larger international dance field. For 20 years and counting Springboard has been deeply rooted within the community of Montréal, deriving from and contributing to its cultural vibrancy. Annual collaborations with Place des Arts, Agora de la Danse, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, among others invite cultural exchange between artists and members of the community. Springboard believes that the future of the field comes from the artists, and commits to supporting their success both within and beyond the existing institutional frameworks.