Group Study

GIBNEY PROUDLY OFFERS CUSTOMIZED GROUP STUDY PROGRAMS

Designed to provide a glimpse into the professional dance world and sustainable careers in the arts, Group Study offers technical training and discussion workshops addressing pressing issues in the field. 

Group Study offers dance educators the opportunity to select a series of online or in-person classes tailor-made to fit the needs and aspirations of their dancers and programs. Group Study can supplement your curriculum with access to the highest quality of teaching excellence along with access to experienced working artists. Ideal for universities, high schools, and dance groups worldwide who are  looking to learn about the contemporary dance scene, Gibney provides master classes, artist discussions, workshops, and more.

Group Study experiences are available live online as of 2020. In-person experiences will resume following Gibney’s NYC studios reopening, TBD.

For more information, including materials for school administrators, please contact: Susan Epstein, Producing Director.

VIRTUAL OFFERINGS

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LIVE online offerings are customizable. We will work with groups to determine the best content for their interests and goals. Basic offerings include:

  • Movement or Technique Class
  • Artist Discussion
  • Workshop

Pricing for a 60-90 minute online session starts at $250 for 1 teaching/guest artist and $500 for 2 artists. 

Groups may be required to submit a $15 Zoom account activation fee, or we can work with your school’s Zoom or other meeting platform account. 

Group pricing for drop-in classes available upon request. View the current drop-in class schedule here.

Gibney can also work with groups to create a virtual multi-day experience during the regular semester or for Winter, Spring or Summer breaks. These intensives can be composed of movement classes, artist discussions, and workshops in a multitude of combinations.  Prices vary depending on content.   

All programs are subject to a 15% administration fee. 

Gibney Group Study was professional, approachable and memorable… the workshops are tailored to your time and your students’ needs.”

School Director

SAMPLE OFFERINGS

Movement or Technique Class

Expose your students to world-renowned teachers and new techniques in a supportive and welcoming environment! Drawing from the robust and diverse roster of teaching artists at Gibney, groups may opt for private Master Classes taught by industry leaders and members of Gibney Company

Gibney’s Training department works with an extensive community of experienced and highly skilled teachers of a range of dance styles. Groups work with the Gibney staff to identify and secure appropriate teachers for each specialized class. Gibney cannot guarantee any particular teacher and is based on teachers’ availability. 

Movement Classes Includes

Contemporary

In direct relationship to each teacher’s lineage and artistic practices, these classes offer a wide range of techniques and a variety of tools aimed at preparing dancers to excel in the ever evolving field. 

Ballet

Prioritizing the needs of the contemporary dancer, these classes will work with ballet technique to access strength-building, coordination, musicality and expression. 

Simonson Technique

Simonson Technique, developed by Lynn Simonson, is an organic approach to movement that prepares the body to dance in a way that is anatomically intelligent and somatically aware.

Limón Technique

Limón training provides an organic approach to movement that can serve dancers of various backgrounds, with an emphasis on the natural rhythms of fall and recovery, conscious use of breath, and the interplay between weight and weightlessness.

Creative Process

A look into the creative process of a choreographer. Learn about practices and tools used by professionals. 

Improvisation

Guided improvisatory practice for dancers to explore their own artistic expression. 

Street and Club Styles

Including, but not limited to, Vogue, Hip Hop, Groove, Break and House. Each street or club style is unique and highly specialized. 

Somatic Practices

Including, but not limited to, Pilates, Stretch, Floor Barre, Yoga, QiGong, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, IMAGE TECH for dancers, MELT Method (In Person Only), and Meditation

Artist Discussion

Artist Discussions are a great way for students to engage with active professionals from across the dance field and learn about their real experiences and perspectives. Discussions are moderated by a member of the Group Study staff, and always allow time for questions from students. Groups may opt for a general conversation with a performing artist about their journey, or groups may select a specific conversation topic, including those detailed below. 

Panelists are professionals in the field, and are curated by Group Study staff based on selected discussion topics and artist availability. 

Discussion Topics Include

Dancing in NYC

An introductory conversation to pursuing a professional dance career in New York City, with NYC professionals. We will discuss:

  • Artists’ professional journeys
  • Getting started and finding opportunities
  • The NYC dance landscape
  • Sustaining a career
  • Advice for emerging artists
College to Career

Geared toward younger students who are currently in school or university. Conversation with artists on how they personally transitioned from school into the professional field. We will discuss:

  • Artists’ pre-professional journeys and education
  • Taking university experience and opportunity to prepare for entering the field
  • Getting started and finding opportunities
  • Advice for dance students
Being a Choreographer

For students interested in pursuing a career in choreography in the current field. We will discuss:

  • Artists’ professional journeys
  • Creative process
  • Importance and role of collaboration
  • How to show your work and creating your own opportunities
  • Necessary skills and roles in leading a company
  • Varied structures for choreographers/companies

*Further focus on choreographing while theaters remain closed is available and may cover:

  • Artists’ adaptations during the pandemic
  • Translating stage work to digital format
  • Creating remotely
Beyond the Stage: Working in the Dance Field

Today’s dancers have complex careers in dance, working in the field in multiple modes. This discussion brings the focus away from only performance and toward a well-rounded career in the arts. Artists selected will hold multiple roles within the field. We will discuss:

  • Artists’ performance experience
  • Choreographic pursuits
  • Administrative roles and skills
  • Teaching and pedagogy
  • Community building and social justice and dance
Arts Administration

For students interested in the administrative and management side of the field. We will discuss:

  • Artists’/Administrators’ path into their careers
  • Various roles within one company or organization
  • Development, grants, and non-profit budgeting
  • Required training or education
  • Skills and advice

Additional Artist Discussion topics may include: 

Community Action and the Arts, Artists as Entrepreneurs, Dance and Disability/Accessibility, Digital Media and Dance, and Teaching Dance

If your group is interested in a topic not listed here, please let us know and we will work together to explore the possibilities.  

Customized Workshops

Workshops offer an opportunity for groups to learn about specific skills or practices. Facilitators for each workshop are professionals in the related field and are selected by Gibney or one of Gibney’s partner organizations, based on subject and availability. 

Workshop Examples

Artists As Agents of Change

We acknowledge the incredible humanity and expertise in every space and celebrate a diversity of perspectives as vital through Gibney’s philosophy for action that informs all we do: look inside, speak through movement, work together, and take care.

During this ‘Artists as Agents of Change’ workshop, we’ll engage in both moving our bodies and moving ideas – all inspired by Gibney’s ongoing work alongside survivors of intimate partner violence, and healthy relationship workshops with young folx in schools. We’ll focus on building the skills of choice-making, teamwork, and embracing the unknown; concepts we’re practicing every day in the dance studio that begin to transfer to all aspects of our lives.

Artists often have a desire to ‘give back’ or use our energies to serve the greater good, but often haven’t had access to tools that could help us leverage those skills and begin to pave a new way forward.  This workshop offers tools that aim to bring into focus the inherent empathy, compromise, collaboration, and sense of equity necessary for moving together in the dance studio in ways that inspire us all to move forward in our daily lives.

Created and led by Gibney Company Director, Amy Miller.

Professional Development Workshops

Gibney’s new series of Professional Development workshops support emerging dance professionals of all backgrounds to build unique careers through accessible learning, expanding skills, and fostering a diverse and inclusive community. 

Led by experienced and talented members of the Gibney staff, administrative topics include: Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Development Demystified, Personal Budgeting Basics, Organizational Systems, and Intro to Dance Writing.

If your group is interested in an administrative topic not listed here, please let us know and we will work together to explore the possibilities. 

Wellness Workshop

A practitioner from the world-renowned Harkness Center for Dance Injuries works with your group and presents seminar-style workshops that include movement-based practices addressing topics including:

  1. Foundations of Injury Prevention Workshop
  2. Mental Health Considerations for Dancers
  3. Dynamic Warm-up
  4. Self-release techniques
  5. Hypermobility vs. Flexibility: Healthy Stretching for Dancers
  6. Extrinsic Variable Considerations When Dancing from Home: Creating a Safe Space*
  7. Guidelines for a Conscientious Return to the Studio*

*Topics specific to the pandemic

Maximizing Your Digital Portfolio

Being successful as a professional dancer or choreographer is based on so much more than the work that you do in the studio. Today, video presentation has become a major factor in the success of dancers and choreographers. How do you make a dance or choreography reel? How do you document and share rehearsal footage with dancers? How do you use a video portfolio to secure a job with a company or choreographer? While having a budget helps, any dancer can get professional quality out of a modern-day iPhone. This hands-on workshop with Gibney’s Digital Media Initiative will take students through the basics, providing tools and resources to prepare the necessary video assets.

Workshops and Offerings Only Available In Person

Group Study experiences are available live online as of 2020. In-person experiences will resume following Gibney’s NYC studios reopening. 

Hands are for Holding®: Performance and Workshop

Hands are for Holding® is Gibney’s school-based assembly program that uses dance to address bullying, equity, and choice in everyday interactions.

Appropriate for middle and high school students, this workshop addresses the social-emotional health of young people through discourse, resource sharing, and a high-quality professional dance performance. Choreographed dances combined with participatory opportunities create a well-rounded educational experience that invites students to witness and practice active choices to create and foster healthy relationships. The dances provide a dynamic point of entry for meaningful dialogue within a safe space. Led by Gibney Community Actionists, the program fosters discussion of relevant topics such as signs of bullying, the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, social isolation, boundaries and consent, and technological abuse, among others, and allows students to discover their own movement vocabulary based on these concepts.

The Hands are for Holding® Workshop is presented in 3 hours: a 1 hour presentation followed by a 2 hour movement workshop based on the Hands are for Holding Residency curriculum. Fee for the special performance/workshop is $1200.

Audition Workshop

College Audition Workshop: Audition style workshop conducted by a faculty member of an area university to simulate a college entrance audition workshop. Practical is followed by a discussion focused on what a college is looking for, what to expect, and how to prepare.

Professional Audition Workshop: Audition style workshop conducted by a professional dancer/choreographer. Practical is followed by a discussion focused on what a director/choreographer is looking for, what to expect and how to prepare, other methods of contacting companies and jobs, the current professional environment, and tips for survival.

Perform in NYC

Share your work at Gibney through informal showings in a state of the art studio at 280 Broadway. Based on studio space availability. Lighting design, technical support, house management may not be available and will incur additional costs. 

Reception

Reception hosted in a studio at our 280 Broadway location for alumni, guests, and performers including refreshments.

TESTIMONIALS

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“Gibney Group Study programs are the BEST online teaching tool out there! Gibney offers topics applicable for the novice to the emerging professional dancer4. The workshops are tailored to your time and your students’ needs. If your budget only allows for one online tool this semester, let it be Gibney: Professional, Approachable and Memorable.” – Susan Lloyd, Las Positas College

“Our experience with the Gibney online learning program was engaging and fulfilling on a variety of levels. The students and I felt connected to the presented material and the educator despite the physical distance. We will certainly be working with Gibney in this format again!” – Heather Trommer-Beardslee, Central Michigan University Dance Program Coordinator, Department of Theatre and Dance  

“I have so much gratitude for the entire Gibney staff. Thank you for providing a nurturing environment for the community to connect, move, and think together while we are apart.” – Serene Weber, Notre Dame Prep School