Domestic Violence Awareness: Gibney Dance

Gibney Dance. 2012.

Gibney Dance is a groundbreaking organization whose mission is to bring the power of movement and self-expression where it would not otherwise exist. Its vision is to tap into the vast potential of movement, creativity, and performance to effect social change and personal transformation through its interrelated fields of action — Company, Community Action, and Dance Center. Gina Gibney Dance, Inc. (Gibney Dance) was founded in 1991 as performing and community action dance company. Gibney Dance is noted for having developed a sustainable model that involves a year round company of dancers, thriving social action programs and a stable artistic home, Gibney Dance Center at 890 Broadway. (

Gibney Dance Center is comprised of many different facets, including rental space, dance company, and community action. Community action practice and tools have been focused on using the power of dance and creativity to assist at-risk youth, individuals affected with HIV/AIDS and empower domestic violence survivors. During the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Gibney Dance Center is hosting events centered on increasing awareness and providing information that pertains to domestic violence in the United States and abroad. As noted on their website, October is a time to recommit ourselves to serving the needs of survivors and their families as well as recognize the efforts to reduce domestic violence. Gibney Dance has been working with domestic violence survivors since 2000 and works in partnership with some of the most highly regarded social service organizations to offer free workshops every year.

Below is the list of the events happening at Gibney Dance Center (located at 890 Broadway, Fifth Floor New York, NY 10003 Phone: 212 677 8560). To register or learn more, please email

Domestic Violence Informational Session
Wednesday, October 3, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm / Studio 3

Dr. Beth Silverman-Yam, Clinical Director of Sanctuary for Families, will lead a discussion on domestic violence and healthy versus unhealthy relationships.

Community Action Open Studio Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm / Studio 5–2
Artistic & Executive Director Gina Gibney will present an overview of the Community Action model. Afterwards, Gibney Dance Company will demonstrate workshop content and then perform an excerpt from its repertory.

Body and Wellness Week
October 15 – 19, 8:00 am – 10:00 am / Studio 2
Monday / Wednesday: Mind Body Dancer® Yoga led by Liz Montgomery
90-minute Yoga class followed by 30 minutes of optional guided meditation.
Tuesday / Thursday: Tools for Managing Stress led by Jennifer Edwards, Coaching session that guides participants in holistic life, work and personal brands practices. Learn tools for reducing anxiety and stress symptoms.
Friday: Chi Kung/Qi Gong led by Laura Shapiro Qi Gong translates as “life force energy practice.” Its gentle movements restore balance and harmony to body, mind, and spirit.
“I am Against Violence” Campaign Open Photo Shoot Tuesday, October 23, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm / Studio 6
Members of the public are invited to join the Gibney Dance community in taking a stand against domestic violence by having their photos taken for our online and Center-wide advocacy campaign.

Clink on the link for inormation on their website and other ways to connect to the important work they are doing:

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