The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries



Part of the NYU Langone Medical Center and Health System, the Hospital for Joint Diseases has been specializing in the treatment of patients with various orthopaedic, rheumatologic and neurologic ailments since it was founded in 1906. The Harkness Center also provides care for a specialty population - that of the student, amateur and professional dancer. Through a process of comprehensive medical evaluations with physicians and therapists, factors contributing to the dancer’s dysfunction are discovered and discussed with the dancer. Functional treatment programs are then planned with an emphasis placed on preventative maintenance programs tailored to each individual dancer’s needs.


The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries is the official provider of orthopaedic and/or physical therapy services to the following groups:

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
  • American Academy of Ballet
  • American Dance Festival
  • Buglisi/Foreman Company
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Cirque du Soliel (New York engagements)
  • Complexions
  • De La Guarda
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem
  • Donald Byrd/The Group
  • La Cage Aux Folles
  • Man of La Mancha
  • Mark Morris Dance Group
  • Martha Graham Company
  • Merce Cunningham Dance Company
  • Parsons Dance Company
  • Paul Taylor Dance Company
  • SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance
  • The Juilliard School
  • The Joffrey Ballet School
  • Wicked the Musical