Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Services

Orthopaedic Services

Dance Clinic

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries holds weekly dance clinics by appointment.  Dancers’ injuries are evaluated and treated by a specially trained team of orthopaedic surgeons, primary care sports medicine physicians, physical therapists and/or athletic trainers.

As an out-patient clinic of the the Hospital for Joint Diseases most insurance plans are accepted.  Services are provided to uninsured dancers on a sliding fee scale according to income. No dancer is turned away due to financial hardship.

The dance clinic serves as a training site for Residents and Fellows of the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Surgery and the NYU Rusk Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation programs.  Residents and Fellows co-evaluate each dancer patient under the guidance of the senior staff. As a result, physicians learn about the unique injuries incurred by dancers and the special skills needed to properly evaluate and treat them.

Physical therapists and athletic trainers also interact with the dancers during and after the dance clinic evaluation to answer questions about their injury and to address strategies for healing and prevention. The therapists plan a treatment course with the physician for each dancer which may include home exercise activities, training modifications, padding, taping or bracing and referrals for dietary or psychological services.

Dance Clinic Forms


Dancers seen in the Harkness dance clinic are often referred for x-rays, MRI's and bone scans. A
special relationship between the dance clinic and NYUHJD's Department of Radiology has been forged so that dancers can schedule radiological procedures on the same day as their initial evaluation and/or follow-up visit to the clinic.

Ambulatory Surgery

Approximately two percent of all dance injuries seen in our clinic result in surgical management. Most surgeries involve same day surgery or require one overnight stay. The Harkness Center’s Administrative Office provides patients assistance in obtaining medical clearance, scheduling pre-admission testing as well as financial counseling to patients undergoing surgical procedures.

Immediate Care

The Samuels Orthopaedic Immediate Care Center at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases services dancers with urgent or emergent orthopaedic problems. The center is open 8 am to 11:00 pm, 7 days a week. The Immediate Care Center treats only musculoskeletal problems, and, as such, can spare dancers the long wait typical at a general hospital emergency room.

Orthopaedic Consultants

The Center's physicians have served as orthopaedic consultants for the following groups:

  • 110 in the Shade at the Studio 54, Roundabout Theatre Company
  • 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Circle in the Square Theatre
  • A Christmas Carol at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
  • American Dance Festival
  • Avenue Q at the New World Stages
  • Ballet Hispanico
  • Buglisi/Foreman Company
  • Cabaret at the “Kit Kat Club” Roundabout Theatre Company
  • Carousel at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center
  • Cedar Lake
  • Chicago at the Shubert Theatre
  • Chita Rivera – The Dancer’s Life at the Schoenfeld Theatre
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Hilton Theatre
  • Cirque du Soleil's Banana Schpeel at the Beacon Theatre
  • Cirque du Soleil (New York City Engagements)
  • City Center Theatre
  • Complexions
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem
  • De La Guarda at the Daryl Roth Theatre
  • Donald Byrd/The Group
  • Erik Hawkins Dance Company
  • Ethel Sings at the Beckett Theatre
  • Footloose at the Richard Rodgers Theatre
  • Fuerzabruta at the Daryl Roth Theatre
  • Grease at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre
  • Guys & Dolls at the Martin Beck Theatre
  • Hot Feet at the Hilton Theatre
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Al Hirschfield Theatre
  • La Cage Aux Folles at the Marquis Theatre
  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
  • Little Shop of Horrors, Traveling Company
  • Man of La Mancha at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre
  • Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at the Neil Simon Theatre
  • Mark Morris Dance Group
  • Martha Graham Company
  • Merce Cunningham Dance Company
  • Miss Saigon at the Broadway Theatre
  • Monty Python's Spamalot at the Shubert Theatre
  • Parsons Dance
  • Paul Taylor Dance Company
  • Paul Simon’s The Capeman at the Marquis Theatre
  • Promises, Promises at the Broadway Theatre
  • Riverdance on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre
  • SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance
  • The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
  • The Apple Tree at the Studio 54, Round About Theatre Company
  • The Joffrey Ballet School
  • The Juilliard School
  • The Joyce Theatre
  • The King and I at the Neil Simon Theatre
  • The Music Man at the Neil Simon Theatre
  • The Red Shoes at the Gershwin Theatre
  • The Who’s Tommy at the St. James Theatre
  • The Will Rogers Follies at the Palace Theatre
  • Titanic at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
  • War Horse at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre
  • Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre