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Space Rental: Frequently Asked Questions

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Got questions about renting space at Gibney 280 Broadway and 890 Broadway? We’ve got you covered!

If your questions aren’t answered below, please contact Rentals Manager, Mariana Spósito, at You can also download our Non-Profit Rehersal Rental Guidelines here.

When can I book space?

Gibney 890 Broadway (Union Square) is open from 8 am – 9 pm Monday – Friday, and 9 am – 9 pm Saturday.

Gibney 280 Broadway is open from 8 am – 10 pm Monday – Friday, and 10 am – 10 pm Saturday & Sunday.

You can book space in two hour increments on the even hour. Exceptions include 3 hour optional extensions at 890 Broadway from 6 pm – 9 pm MondaySaturday evenings, and from 9 am – 12 pm on Saturday mornings.  You can also book after select classes at 280 Broadway from 8:30-10pm.

When booking, be aware of our ‘Quiet Hours’. Gibney is proud to be a multi-use space, which includes three flexible performance venues. To avoid disrupting performances, Gibney has instituted nightly Quiet Hours from 8pm-10pm at our 280 Broadway location.  All studio usage during Quiet Hours must limit sound levels, keep loud stomping and screaming/yelling to a minimum, and keep studio doors closed.

Gibney staff reserves the right to monitor sound levels and ask renters to lower sound if deemed too loud for performances.

I'm a first-time renter, what do I do?

First time renters must call our Center at 212-677-8560 or 646-837-6809. Before we can confirm your booking as a first time renter, we will need to collect payment for your first rehearsal at the time of booking.  We will also send you a contract to be filled out before you enter the space.  Once we’ve received your payment and signed contract, you’re all set!

You can then set up an account and start using our online rentals request system for 890 Broadway and 280 Broadway rentals.

What is a non-profit renter?

We define non-profit renters as dance-making entities with 501(c)3 status whose sole mission relates to dance.  Our non-profit rates do not apply to organizations that service dancers, such as non-profit photographers and videographers.

Being a “nonprofit renter” means you are eligible to receive subsidized rehearsal space through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

The Center additionally “self-subsidizes” space and offers personal and professional development resources through Artist Services programs and Residencies.

Additional rental deals include our Early Bird Special, half price rates from 8 am – 10 am MondayFriday,  and occasional last minute offers on our Facebook page.

Which studios am I allowed to wear shoes in?
280 Broadway

Studio E: Use of indoor use sneakers allowed.

Studio F: Use of tap shoes, heels, and indoor use sneakers allowed.

Studio G: Use of indoor use sneakers allowed.

Studio X: Use of tap shoes and indoor use sneakers allowed.

890 Broadway

Studio 6: Use of indoor use sneakers allowed.

Studio 7: Use of indoor use sneakers allowed.

Studio 8: Use of tap shoes, heels, and indoor use sneakers allowed.

Studio 9: Use of indoor use sneakers allowed.

Shoes are prohibited in all other studios.

Gibney has a zero-tolerance policy for violations of shoe restrictions. Violating renters will immediately have their rental privileges revoked.

Can you provide pianos?

At 280 Broadway, pianos are available in Studios E and V only.

At 890 Broadway, pianos are permanently available in Studios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-2, 6, and 8. Pianos may be moved to other studios with advance request, subject to availability.

Can you accommodate film and photo shoots?

Absolutely! Simply fill out the “Other Rental Request Form” and include information about your film or photo shoot when you are requesting space.

What are the dimensions of your studios?

All studio dimensions are available on the main space rental page, and spaces may be sorted by size using the filters on the left-hand side of the page.

Do your studios come equipped with sound systems, iPod hookups, etc?

There are sound systems with ipod hookups in all studios. Some also contain CD drives.

Are your spaces accessible?

Gibney 280 Broadway

The accessible entrance for this location is located at 280 Broadway. Please note that this is a shared entrance with the New York City Department of Buildings. To access the elevator, attendees may be asked to provide a valid photo ID and go through building security, including a metal detector.

Requests for reasonable accommodation or for access to the 280 Broadway entrance after 5:00 pm or on the weekend should be made three days in advance by contacting Elyse Desmond at 646.837.6809 (Voice only), or by e-mailing

Gibney 890 Broadway

The main entrance for Gibney 890 Broadway is an accessible entrance and available during all building hours: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm Monday – Friday, and 9:00 am – 6:30 pm on Saturdays.

Requests for reasonable accommodation or for access to the 890 Broadway location outside of listed hours should be made three days in advance by contacting Allison Sexton at or 212.677.8560 (Voice only).

What are load-in hours?

890 Broadway’s freight elevator operates from 9:30 am – 11:30 am & 3 pm – 4 pm Monday – Friday. Times can be extended in 1-hour increments at a rate of $75/hr. The freight elevator does not normally operate on Saturdays but can be arranged for a minimum of 4 hours at the rate of $75/hr.

280 Broadway’s freight elevator can be prearranged with Gibney staff with 48 hours notice of usage.

What is your cancellation policy?

All cancellations must be submitted in writing via email to Center Rentals Manager, Mariana Spósito at

When cancellations occur 7 days or fewer prior to the rental date the renter will be liable for the full payment of the space. If Gibney staff can rebook the space after this time, a 50% refund will be issued.

Can I book your space for performances, showings, or open studios?

Yes! Performance and showing rentals are available. Fill out the rental inquiry form or contact to inquire about rates and availability.

Performance, showing, and open rehearsal rental packages are also available through POP: Performance Opportunity Project, a curated rental program.