NYC Summer Study

Woman leaned over while dancing in a dance class. Summer Study

Gibney has decided not to hold NYC Summer Study in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NYC Winter and Summer study programs will continue after Gibney’s in-person programming resumes.

Please visit our Class Schedule here for online training opportunities. 

NYC Summer Study provides students with an immersive experience in the NYC dance community over four weeks.

The program is designed to build a supportive network, expose students to new and challenging ideas and movement styles, and share tools for building a sustainable career in the performing arts.

The program includes:

  • Customized Schedule of 15-17 Weekly Classes
  • Artist Panels + Professional Development Discussions
  • Performance Visits across NYC
  • Dance Injury Prevention Workshop with the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
  • Photoshoot Workshop with CONFIDANZ, including headshots and a dance shot
  • Access to Gibney’s wide-ranging Artist Services

NYC Summer Study is closed to a maximum of 15 participants per session. Students receive individual support and guidance throughout the program.

The Summer 2021 program has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you can join us in Summer 2022 in New York City!

CURRICULUM

NYC Summer Study Curriculum is comprised of weekly classes, performance visits, artist panels, and workshops. The program is designed to build a supportive network, expose students to new and challenging ideas and movement styles, and share tools for building a sustainable career in the performing arts.

NYC Summer Study is open to students ages 18 and up.

Program Components

Weekly Classes

Students choose their weekly classes from Gibney’s Open Class Schedule. NYC Summer Study Students take 15-17 classes each week of the program.

Gibney holds over 85 Open Classes weekly in a wide range of techniques and levels. This is an opportunity for students to take class alongside NYC professionals, explore classes in new styles, and delve into their own personal interests. View our current Open Class Schedule here.

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.

Creative Process

NYC Summer Study students all participate in a Creative Process class series, closed to Summer Study participants only. This course is taught by an esteemed teacher/maker/artist in the field. Students with any level of experience will discover new methods in this opportunity to create and explore together.

Performance Visits

Gibney Summer Study Staff will curate a schedule of performance visits highlighting numerous performance venues and a range of contemporary styles.

New York City is home to countless dance companies and performance venues. Seeing dance works is an important activity for any dancer and is one of the biggest benefits of training in NYC. Tickets for group performance visits are included in tuition and will be purchased by Gibney.

Panels & Discussions

Gibney Summer Study Staff will moderate Panels with working professionals in the Dance field. Past topics have included Dancing in NYC & Getting Started, Beyond the Stage: Working in the Dance Field, Being a Choreographer & Producing Your Own Work, and more.

Weekly group Discussion topics include setting goals, the current state of the field, budgeting and professional skills for independent artists, finding your place, and more. Classes and Performances will also be topics at the weekly Discussions.

Workshops

Special workshops for NYC Summer Study include:

TESTIMONIALS

“THIS WAS THE BEST SUMMER PROGRAM I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN”

“The environment was warm and welcoming and the classes were extensive. The staff and teachers were accessible and open. I truly feel this program provided the best “bang for your buck”—classes, performances, creative process, discussions, WOW!”

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“I really loved this program and it has forever motivated me in pursuing the kind of lifestyle and career that I want as a dance artist…there are endless opportunities for success in this very daunting field.”
—Elena, 2019 Summer Study Student

This was the best summer program I have participated in. The environment was warm and welcoming and the classes were extensive. The staff and teachers were accessible and open. I truly feel this program provided the best “bang for your buck”—classes, performances, creative process, discussions, WOW!!!”
—2017 Summer Study Student

“Gibney is a booming community that flourishes with positivity and peer support.”
—Emily, 2018 Summer Study Student

This program was a really great way for me to take a variety of different classes while also taking agency and ownership over my training as an individual artist. I learned so! Much!”
—Mackenzie, 2019 Summer Study Student

“I had an exceptional experience through the Summer Study program. I was mentored by various faculty members, made connections, improved my dance skills in a variety of different classes, and saw amazing professional performances.”
—Malena, 2018 Summer Study Student

“This is my second consecutive year in the program because I love it so much. I would even do it a third time! Everyone is so encouraging, and the teachers are so diverse and knowledgeable.
—Jameliah, 2018 & 2019 Summer Study Student

This program is a perfect fit for a dancer who is planning to live in NYC! Before graduation, this gives great advice to an aspiring dancer.”
—Brittney, 2019 Summer Study Student

QUESTIONS?

If you are interested in studying at Gibney and you have additional questions, please contact us at jessiek@gibneydance.org. We are always happy to help!