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Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

We enhance the health and wellbeing of dancers and dance companies by providing affordable medical and preventive care.

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (HCDI) at NYU Langone’s Hospital for Joint Diseases is dedicated to providing dancers with high quality and affordable injury care and preventive resources. As the world’s leading authority on dance medicine, HCDI enhances the health, wellbeing, and quality of life of dancers and dance companies by providing breakthrough approaches to injury prevention, advanced medical treatment, education and training, and research.

HCDI is the go-to location for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation for dancers. Each year, the center’s faculty and staff provide thousands of evaluations, treatments, and screenings for performers at its clinical locations and at dance company facilities, schools, performance spaces, and even backstage. 

The services we offer include:

  • orthopaedic, medical, and emergency care
  • physical therapy and athletic training
  • therapeutic Pilates, yoga, and acupuncture
  • on-site company care, including backstage coverage and ongoing injury surveillance
  • continuing medical education
  • referrals to psychological services, nutritional counseling, gynecology, and primary care

Injury prevention programs include:

  • free, one-on-one injury prevention assessments 
  • annual health screenings
  • educational workshops
  • functional movement assessments
  • “land safely” biomechanical analysis
  • pointe-readiness evaluations
  • ergonomic and raked stage evaluations

To learn more about our services and to make an appointment, please call 212-598-6054, email harkness@nyumc.org, or sign up to receive In Contact, our quarterly e-newsletter.


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Our Leadership

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    Marijeanne Liederbach, PhD, ATC, PT, CSCS
    Director

    Dr. Liederbach is a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer who holds a doctorate in biomechanics and ergonomics. Dr. Liederbach has provided backstage therapy for hundreds of dancers, dance companies, and Broadway shows, and has published numerous papers and lectured internationally. Dr. Liederbach danced professionally and worked as a critically acclaimed choreographer before entering the field of dance medicine. In 2010, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Dance Library of Israel by Broadway sensation Ben Vereen.

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    Faye Dilgen, PT, DPT
    Supervisor of Dance Physical Therapy

    Dr. Dilgen specializes in manual therapy, is Pilates-mat certified, and provides rehabilitation and functional training for performing artists. She has treated dancers from a variety of companies and schools for more than 20 years, including Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Molissa Fenley. She has also developed curricula for the Feld Ballet School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Dr. Dilgen has been section editor for the “Practical Applications” column in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, and has presented her research at a number of professional dance medicine venues.

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    Alison Deleget, MS, ATC
    Program Manager

    Ms. Deleget attended Indiana University on scholarship as a ballet major before transitioning to athletic training. She is also a certified Pilates instructor through the Pilates Method Alliance, and is a certified Pilates rehabilitation specialist through Polestar Education. At the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, Ms. Deleget provides backstage athletic training services for various Broadway shows and elite dance companies in New York. She has lectured to her peers at international dance medicine conferences and also provides injury prevention assessments and lectures for the dance community at large.

Plan Your Visit

Our Locations

Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
614 Second Avenue
Suite G, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

Contact

Phone: 212-598-6054
Fax: 212-598-7613

Getting Here

Harkness Center for Dance Injuries—Dance Clinic
240 East 18th Street
New York, NY 10003

Contact

Phone: 212-598-6054
Fax: 212-598-7613

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Getting Here

Harkness Center for Dance Injuries—Biomechanics Research Laboratory
380 Second Avenue
6th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Contact

Phone: 212-598-6054
Fax: 212-598-7613

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Getting Here