Harkness Center Healthy Dancer Initiative

The Harkness Center Healthy Dancer Initiative provides professional dancers in financial need with subsidized classes at two 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 and Mark Morris Dance Center. Dancers may take up to 30 classes over the six-month term across the two centers. All adult drop-in classes are included.
  • Free professional development courses and injury prevention workshops at the two 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.


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.


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.

Am I required to take class at both dance centers?

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

Do I have to live in New York to qualify?

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.
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.
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.