NYC Summer Study

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

NYC Summer Study connects dancers from around the world for a unique, two-week experience.

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

The program includes a curated schedule of:

  • 16 Movement Classes
  • 4 Creative Process Sessions
  • 6 Artist Panels + Professional Development Discussions
  • 4 Performance Screenings
  • Regular Check-Ins with Staff, Faculty, and fellow students

The application for Summer 2020 is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

CURRICULUM

Online Summer Study Curriculum is comprised of weekly movement classes, performance screenings, artist panels, and professional development discussions. The program is designed to build a supportive network, expose students to new and challenging ideas and movement styles, and share strategies for responding to COVID-19 and building a sustainable career in the performing arts.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS & SCHEDULE

12:00-12:30pm: Daily Check-In
12:30-2:00pm & 2:30-4:00pm: 
Movement Classes and Creative Process
4:30-6:00pm: 
Performance Screenings, Panels and Discussions

Daily Check-In
Online Summer Study will begin each day with a check-in with students and staff. This will allow us the opportunity to connect together before going into classes.

Movement Classes
Students participate in 8 weekly movement-based classes taught by a curated group of faculty members from Gibney’s Training Program. Online Summer Study will include a wide range of techniques selected from Gibney’s diverse offerings. This is an opportunity for students to discover classes in new styles, and to delve into their own personal interests.

To foster greater connection between each faculty member and Online Summer Study students, every movement-based class will conclude with a short conversation with faculty about their experience, advice, and response to the pandemic.

Faculty will be announced as confirmed. Check back for updates!

Creative Process
Online Summer Study students all participate in 4 Creative Process sessions. 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 explore creation.

Performance Screenings
Gibney Online Summer Study Staff will curate 4 private, online screenings of performances highlighting a range of artists, dance companies, and contemporary styles. Staff will stream screenings live for students, and each screening will conclude with a conversation about each work.

Panels and Discussions
Staff will moderate panel conversations with working professionals in the dance field. Topics include Making a Living in Dance, Artists as Agents of Change, and Beyond the Stage: Working in the Dance Field. Weekly group discussion topics, led by Gibney Staff, include setting goals, the current state of the field, budgeting and professional skills for independent artists, finding your place, and more.

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!