Photo courtesy of Dance/NYC

Hundreds of NYC-based dance artists, choreographers, teachers, administrators and advocates gathered at Gibney Dance Center for the Dance/NYC 2017 Symposium. The event's lectures and panel discussions covered topics ranging from racial equity to making dance space affordable to improving accessibility for disabled audiences. Here are 3 takeaways from the day.

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Gina Gibney in rehearsal. Photo courtesy of Gibney Dance

Gibney Dance Center, one of New York City's thriving dance hubs, has announced plans to expand its home at 280 Broadway. With eight studios already, the $2.5 million capital campaign running through 2016 will fund the building of seven new studios.

Gibney Dance Company was founded by choreographer and dance activist Gina Gibney in 1991. In 2014, she acquired the studio and performance space at 280 Broadway, formerly the home of Dance New Amsterdam. At both 280 Broadway and Gibney's other location at 890 Broadway, students can take classes, rent studio space and participate in Gibney Dance's frequent workshop offerings.

Dance educator Diane Smagatz-Rawlinson will facilitate two workshops at Gibney Dance Center in New York City, in September to train teachers in the improvisational movement practice and philosophy known as InterPlay.

Created in 1989 by San Francisco Bay Area dancers Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter, the practice helps to build positive community through improvisation, speaking, singing and storytelling in a dance class setting. There is no right and wrong in InterPlay, which helps foster an accepting, non-judgmental atmosphere. Students learn to be comfortable and confident in diverse group settings.

Smagatz-Rawlinson was one of the first educators to be certified in the technique. She holds dance degrees from Ohio State University and UW-Madison and currently teaches dance at Wheeling High School in Illinois.

Gibney Dance Center (890 Broadway), September 233:00–6:00 pm and September 24, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. For more info go to interplay.org.

Diane Smagatz-Rawlinson with InterPlay co-founder Phil Porter

Photos courtesy of Smagatz-Rawlinson.

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