Harkness Center Healthy Dancer Initiative

Harkness Center Healthy Dancer Initiative

A program of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health and the Mark Morris Dance Group.

The Harkness Center Healthy Dancer Initiative at the Mark Morris Dance Center provides professional dancers in financial need with subsidized classes and free wellness workshops to encourage a sound, holistic approach to self-care and aid in career longevity. 

Benefits include:
  • Free wellness screening conducted by the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (scheduled at the start of each term)

  • $5 dance technique and somatic classes at the Mark Morris Dance Center (up to 30 per term, all adult drop-in classes are included. Regular rate $17)

    • $15 affiliate rate for one year after term ends

  • Free professional development courses and injury prevention workshops at the Dance Center, led by Harkness Center for Dance Injuries staff

Dancers are eligible based on financial need - gross household income is equal to or below 225% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) - and accepted by lottery into each four-month term. There are two terms each year. View Income Threshold chart.

Term 1: March 1 - June 30, 2018

January 1-31: Application Period Open

February 1-15: Lottery Selection

February 17: Wellness screening, 10am - 3pm at the Dance Center

april 3: Injury Prevention workshop, 2 - 4pm at the Dance Center

Term 2: September 1 - December 31, 2018

July 1-31: Application Period Open

August 1-15: Lottery Selection

August 25: Wellness screening, 10am - 3pm at the Dance Center

SEPTEMBER 6: Injury Prevention workshop, 12 - 2pm at the Dance Center

NOVEMBER 8: Self-Release Techniques workshop, 12 - 2pm at the Dance Center

DECEMBER 13: Cracking the Core workshop, 12 - 2pm at the Dance Center

Apply for the Term 2 cohort


About the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries:

As the world’s leading clinical program in Dance Medicine, the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health (HCDI) has dedicated itself to enhancing the health, well-being and quality of life of dancers and dance companies by providing breakthrough approaches to injury prevention, advanced medical treatment, education and training, and state-of-the-art research. HCDI is expanding its reach through the new Harkness Center Healthy Dancer Initiative, a wellness program in partnership with the Mark Morris Dance Group and like-minded organizations. For more information about HCDI programs and services, go to www.danceinjury.org.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Who is eligible?

Professional and professional-track dancers are eligible based on financial need which is determined based on income and household size. 

Q: Do I have to live in New York to qualify?

No! There are no residency restrictions. Applications from international dancers are also welcome.

Q: How many applicants are accepted per term?

25 dancers are accepted for each four-month term. Please note: Only complete and qualified applications will be entered into the lottery.

Q: May I apply more than once?

Yes. If you aren't selected for a term, you are welcome to apply again for entry into the lottery. 

Q: If I've participated in one session, may I apply for another?

At this time, participants are only eligible for one term.

Q: What are the selected participants expected to do?

  • Use full benefits (take 30 $5 classes within the 4-month term)
  • Participate in a wellness screening, which will take place in the Wellness Center at the Mark Morris Dance Center
  • Plan to attend the Injury Prevention workshop and any of additional workshops offered during the term
  • Participate in the ongoing evaluation and assessment of the program.

Q: How do I calculate my income?

1. Identify all of your sources of income

  • Income from employment (W-2 or 1099)
  • Income from self-employment
  • Income from other sources 

Some examples:

  • A paycheck, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly
  • Tips in cash at each shift
  • Any kind of weekly or monthly payment, such as child support, pension, or unemployment benefits
  • Annual bonus

2. Convert wages into yearly totals.

  • Hourly wages from an employer (before taxes and other deductions are taken out)
  • Gross income on a pay stub (paid weekly, every two weeks, etc.)
  • Net income earned from self-employment (after business and other expenses are taken out)

3. Add income from all sources together to get your total annual income.

Q: How do I determine family size or who should be included in my household?

Members of your household include:

  • Spouse
  • Registered domestic partner
  • Dependents
  • Joint tax filer

Independent roommates or friends staying with you do not make up your household for tax or income reporting purposes, unless you claim them as dependents.

The mission of the Mark Morris Dance Group is to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Mark Morris and to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community.

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