Weekly Announcements – Fall 2013


THIS WEEK:  Welcome back students, incoming freshmen and transfer students!  This week’s announcements are Summer Highlights, Spotlights, and Announcements. .



Welcome back to returning students, faculty and staff and cheers to new students and faculty! We have an exciting year ahead of us with fantastic guest artists, ambitious projects and new spaces!

Don’t forget our Alumni Dance Concert which starts off our first week with a bang and features the works of BFA Dance alums Molly Galbraith, Sarah Lifson & Myssi Robinson, Nicholas Sciscione and Scott Schneider on Friday and Saturday, September 6 & 7 at 7:30pm in Loree Dance Theater.

We will be celebrating the opening of Mortensen Hall on Thursday, September 12 at 11:00am – don’t miss it!

Please check the blog each week for information on guest artists, master classes, health & wellness and more.

I wish everyone a fabulous year of dancing, learning, discovering and creating!



.Molly McGrath Meets Up With Idan Cohen!

Molly with Idan Cohen

Junior BFA Student, Molly McGrath met up with Idan Cohen this summer during

Idan’s residency in Seattle, her home town.

Hey Julia and Jeff!
Hope you guys are having a great summer! I just wanted to say hi, and also a hi from Idan Cohen as he was in Seattle for the past week and I got to take his class today. His kindness was palpable and changed my whole mood for the day! Overall I just wanted to thank you guys for creating such fabulous opportunities to meet and work with a variety of artists that can form relationships outside of school. It opened my eyes to how compact the dance world is no matter where one is located and how important these small connections can be. Idan is heading back to Israel tomorrow. I was able to snag a picture and he couldn’t stop waving saying “Hello Julia and Jeff!!” Again, hope you guys are having a great summer and that’s just a little update from the Pacific Northwest!
Molly McGrath, BFA Dance major (2015)


Mason Gross BFA Dance Alumna debuts Dance

over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia


BFA Dane Alumna Alie Vidich (2005) recently debuted an impressive site-specific dance work suspended from the Strawberry Mansion Bridge over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, which was reviewed here by Philly.com below.

.What intrepid and determined dancers the Dance Department at Mason Gross creates!

Shannon MacDowell, BFA Dance Alumna & SUP Research


Rutgers Today featured BFA Dance alumna Shannon MacDowell (2009) who is a dancer with Amy Marshall Dance Company in NYC and a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) instructor at the Manhattan Kayak Company. Shannon is working with Rutgers scientists on metabolic research and SUP. Check out the New York Times article about Rutgers University research on SUP by clicking here!



.Undergraduate Director & Ed.M. Director – Contact Information

Students: Please contact the following faculty members with questions about degree programs.

Undergraduate Director – Frederick Curry




Director of the EdM Dance Education Program – Dr. Barbara Bashaw




On Tuesday, September 3rd and Wednesday, September 4th, all BFA students will be auditioning for their Technique placement.  Please check the bulletin board upstairs next to Studio 110 for your assigned room placements.



Check out our “Dancer Health & Wellness” Page to find out how to take care of injuries, get physical therapy, work with our Athletic Trainer and study Pilates in our Soma Center.

Click here to go to the new Dancer Health & Wellness page!

Rutgers University Bike Rentals

Students that they can rent bicycles from Rutgers!

Rent a bike for $10 a month or $25 for a semester.

For more information, please click here



Alumni Dance Concert – Friday and Saturday, September 6 & 7

7:30pm in Loree Dance Theater




Recent EdM Grad Elizabeth Rose Zwierzynski Honored as a NJ Distinguished Student Teacher of 2013

BFA Dance and EdM Dance Education Alumna Elizabeth Zwierzynski was honored this past spring as one of New Jersey’s Distinguished Student Teachers of 2013. Check out Elizabeth’s story and video here!




.New Faculty Member: Doug Elkins

Doug Elkins 2

The Dance Department is pleased to welcome our new full-time faculty member, Doug Elkins.  For more information on Doug, visit the “Fresh Faces for Fall 2013” page and check out the recent press about Doug by clicking here and here!




Want to know who will be coming to work with you this year??

Go to the Guest Artists Page for complete information!



Who is dancing in far away lands this year?

Click here  to find out!

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