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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 Director of Center Rentals, Mariana Spósito, at You can also download our Non-Profit Rehearsal 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. Please note that Gibney 890’s doors lock at 7:30pm Monday-Friday and 6:30pm on Saturdays. Please ensure that all members of your party are in the building prior to these times. Re-entry after these times will be strictly prohibited. 

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?

All renters can request space through our online forms; please submit the “Non-Profit Rehearsal Request Form” for all non-profit, individual rehearsal rentals and submit the “Other Rental Request Form” for all other inquiries. All first-time, NP rehearsal renters will be sent a contract to be signed prior to their rental date.

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.

Studio Z: Use of indoor sneakers and tap shoes is allowed.

890 Broadway

Studio 6: Use of indoor use sneakers allowed.

Studio 7: Use of indoor sneakers is allowed; tap and heeled shoes are also permitted only when the masonite located in the room is laid out.

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.

How can I pay for my non-profit dance rehearsal rental?

All NPDR rentals can be paid for in cash (up to $40.00), credit card, or check. Please note that you will be required to simultaneously book and pay in person if you choose to pay via cash or check. All online NPDR rental requests will be required to pay via debit/credit card.

All credit/debit card transactions submitted through our Non-Profit Rehearsal form are processed via Stripe. The following policies are applied:

Refund Policy: Rental refunds are processed onto the card in which the payment was originally made or via check if the rental payment was originally submitted via cash or check.

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

Gibney 280 Broadway is accessible via elevator from the main entrance at 53A Chambers Street during all building hours: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm Monday – Friday, and 10:00 am – 10:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

For access requests or inquiries, please contact Elyse Desmond, Director of Operations and Facilities, by completing our Access Requests and Inquiries Form, or at 646.837.6809 (Voice only).

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 Access Requests and Inquiries Form, or 212.677.8560 (Voice only).

Please note that Gibney 890’s doors lock at 7:30pm Monday-Friday and 6:30pm on Saturdays. Please ensure that all members of your party are in the building prior to these times. Re-entry after these times will be strictly prohibited.

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 Director of Center Rentals, Mariana Spósito at

Cancellation Policy: When cancellations for a non-profit rehearsal rental occurs less than 7 days prior to the rental date the renter will not receive a refund of their rental payment. However, if Gibney staff can rebook the space after this time, a 50% refund of the rental payment will be issued. When a non-profit rehearsal rental is canceled 7 or more days in advance a full refund of the rental payment will be issued.

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

Yes! Performance and showing rentals are available. Fill out the “Other Rental Request 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.