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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.

Bone performing Gina Gibney's Dividing Line with Gibney Dance Company

While working toward his BFA in dance at the University of North Texas, Doug Varone dancer Jake Bone studied kinesiology under Shelley Cushman. Her matter-of-fact approach to anatomy inspired him to embrace his own body and all its imperfections.

“She made me want to learn more about my body anatomically and my stamp of authenticity—what makes me unique as a mover. I remember her sitting down with me, pointing out my imbalances and then giving me some exercises I could do to work on them. I still use her exercises to strengthen my supinators and pronators today.”

Catch Bone with Doug Varone and Dancers tomorrow at 7:30 pm at University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

Photo by Julieta Cervantes, courtesy of Gibney Dance Company

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