NYC Summer Study


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

The program includes:

  • Customized Schedule of 15 Weekly Classes
  • Weekly Cohort Dance Workshops
  • Dance Injury Prevention Workshop with the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries 
  • Artist Discussions
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Professional Headshot
  • Career Mentorship
  • Curated Performance Visits across New York City

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

NEW in 2024, Summer Study will take place in three 3-week sessions!

Session 1: Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 21, 2024
Session 2: Monday, June 24 – Friday, July 12, 2024
Session 3: Monday, July 15 – Friday, August 2, 2024

Application Deadline:
Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 11:59pm EST

Notification Date:
Friday, April 26, 2024

Partial Need-based Scholarships Available

All applicants must be 18 years of age or older by the start of the program.


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The Summer Study curriculum is designed to serve professional and aspiring professional dancers. Program participants will take up to 45 classes over the course of three weeks, chosen from Gibney’s open class offerings alongside the professional dance community. Summer Study students will also attend closed workshops, artist discussions, professional development sessions, and performances across NYC, working toward a unique and sustainable career in dance.

Summer Study is intended to be welcoming, supportive, and provide a safe environment for adult students of all abilities to take risks and grow. Participants will join a diverse community of artists pursuing their passion in one of the greatest cities in the world.

Students who complete the NYC Summer Study program will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Program Components

Weekly Cohort Workshops

Each week, find deeper connection with your cohort through workshops offered exclusively for Summer Study. Topics may include Foundations of Floorwork, Contemporary Partnering, and Improvisation. In addition, we will offer an Injury Prevention Workshop with the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.

Weekly Classes

Summer Study Students choose up to 45 classes from Gibney’s Drop-In Class Schedule over the course of three weeks. 

Gibney holds over 50 weekly Drop-In Classes in a wide range of techniques and levels including Contemporary, Gaga, Countertechnique, Ballet, Street/Club Styles, Somatic practices, and more. This is an opportunity for students to take class alongside NYC professionals, explore classes in new styles, and delve into their own personal interests.

Artist Discussions

With consideration for a multiplicity of career expressions and entry points, these conversations with artists and dance-workers of diverse backgrounds will aim to expand our understanding of what a career in dance can be. Participants will connect with esteemed artists who are critical thinkers, community builders, artist-entrepreneurs, and who have built their own sustainable careers in the dance field.

Professional Development Workshops

Gain tools to build and sustain your own thoughtful and unique career in dance. Workshops will cover an array of foundational skills for independent artists including writing artist statements and resumes, financial literacy, entrepreneurship in the arts, and more. These workshops support dance professionals of all backgrounds building a unique and sustainable career through accessible learning, expanding skills, and fostering a diverse and inclusive community. Gibney staff will provide participants with career mentorship unique to each dancer’s interests.

Professional Headshot

Update your materials with a professional headshot. As a Summer Study participant, you will come away with one edited headshot.

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 a highlight of training in NYC.

Tickets for group performance visits are included in tuition and will be purchased by Gibney. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from venues.



Application Deadline:
Sunday, April 21, 2024 11:59pm EST

Notification Date:
Friday, April 26, 2024

Partial Scholarships Available



All applicants must be 18 years of age or older by the start of the program. 

Gibney does not have a maximum age cap for this program. 

Participants are expected to attend all sessions to the best of their ability. 

This program is closed to a limited number of participants in order to provide individualized support. 

NYC Summer Study is geared toward dancers preparing to begin, or recently beginning, their professional career in dance. Applicants should have prior dance experience as they will be dancing alongside professionals. As students may build their own class schedule from Gibney’s diverse offerings, all dancers will find a challenging and fulfilling schedule.

English Proficiency is not required, though an understanding of English is strongly encouraged to take full advantage of all curriculum. 

International dancers are welcome to join. Due to the short time frame, visa sponsorship is not available for NYC Summer Study. If you are interested in studying at Gibney with a student visa, please learn more about our Independent Training Program

Certificate of Completion
Students who successfully complete NYC Summer Study will receive a Certificate of Completion.


Limited partial need-based scholarships are available for NYC Summer Study 2024. Scholarship applications will be reviewed separately from program applications and will have no impact on acceptance into the program. We cannot guarantee any scholarship amount requested but will work with participants to meet their needs as much as possible.

To apply for a scholarship, complete both your Summer Study Application and the Scholarship Application by the April deadline. Scholarship Application found HERE+



Payment Details

There is no application fee for this program.

Accepted participants will be asked to submit a $500 deposit by May 5, 2024. Because Summer Study has a limited capacity, this non-refundable deposit confirms your place in the program.

The remaining tuition, $1,300, is due one week before your session your session:

Session 1 Final Tuition Due: May 27, 2024
Session 2 Final Tuition Due: June 17, 2024
Session 3 Final Tuition Due: July 8, 2024

Partial scholarships will be awarded along with acceptance into the program, on April 26th, 2024. For scholarship recipients, a deposit of $500 will be due by May 5, 2024, and the remaining tuition balance is due based on the above schedule.

Payment Methods
Acceptable methods of payment for tuition include credit/debit card, check, or cash. All payments must be in US Dollars. Checks must be drawn on a US bank in US Dollars and can be made out to Gina Gibney Dance, Inc. Cash payments are accepted in person only (please do not mail cash!) at a scheduled time. 

Refund Policy
Tuition deposits and payments are non-refundable.

No refunds are given once the program has started, regardless of program completion or withdrawal. Dismissal from the program will not constitute a reason for any refund.



“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!”


“The most wonderful summer I’ve ever had. I was expecting a lot and this was much more than that. I can just say everything here is perfect. I’ve never met a school before that cares so much for their community. I think that’s what I value the most, because this made me feel at home, made me feel in a safe place to explore a new world full of amazing artists and humans.”

—2022 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!”

—2019 Summer Study Student

“I felt that the program really helped me get a taste of what it would be like to be an artist, dancer, and creator in New York City, and how to best represent myself so that I am doing work and living a lifestyle that brings me fulfillment, challenge, and happiness.”

—2022 Summer Study Student

“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.”

—2019 Summer Study Student

“Over the last month at summer study I have really felt welcomed and immersed into a loving community. The opportunity to take different classes and get to know and learn from different artists has been so beneficial to me and has allowed me to go break out of my comfort zone and experience new things.”

—2022 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.”

—2019 Summer Study Student

“My overall experience was amazing. It exceeded all my expectations and opened so many new avenues for me to venture into. The community here at Gibney is really unlike no other because it is clear that everyone holds space and high respect and regard for each other. I was able to meet new people and see some amazing performances that really gave me such a well-rounded experience. Because of this established support that exists in all the classrooms and people that work here, I was able to grow as an individual artist and person.”

—2022 Summer Study Student


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