Weekly Announcements – November 10 to November 16

Photo by Keith A. Muccilli/ Keith Muccilli Photography, LLCThis Week: Presenting Rutgers’ Dance Educators, Professional Opportunities and Intensives, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and Kudos & Shout-Outs.


Mason Gross School of the Arts was well represented at the National Dance Education Organization’s annual conference, Oct. 22-27. Dance Educators from the Dance Department, Dance Education Program and Arts Online Department participated:

Dr. Barbara Bashaw, Graduate Director of the Ed.M. Dance Education Program, sponsored Ed.M. students attending the conference. However, during most of her time at the conference she was sequestered with other members of the Dance Task Force of the National Association for Core Arts Standards to continue work on writing the National Core Curriculum Arts Standards for Dance due for publication in March 2014. The writing team consists of nine leading dance specialists from across the nation, who were selected out of 360 applications by juried review based on breadth of experience and skills in dance, teaching, standards and curriculum writing, assessment, and leadership.

Dr. Rima Faber, Part-Time Lecturer and NDEO Program Director emeritus, received a citation for her service as chair of the Dance Task Force for the NCCAS. During the conference, Dr. Faber led information sessions on the new dance standards, facilitated the session for the Early Childhood Special Interest Group, represented the Capital Region Educators of Dance Organization at the State Affiliates meeting as its President, and presented Primary Movers: Creating Dance for Life, based on the curriculum she developed for The Primary Movers, the dance studio she founded and directed for almost 20 years in Washington, DC.

Frederick Curry, Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Director for the Mason Gross Dance Department and NDEO board member, co-presented the paper LMA/LOD for Dance Educators: A Collaborative Pedagogic Explorationwith Dr. Tina Curran, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance, the University of Texas at Austin. The presentation was the culmination of a two-year pedagogic collaboration exploring conceptual synergies between Laban Movement Analysis and the Language of Dance–frameworks widely used in dance education.

Barbara Angeline, Instructor of Dance Arts for the Dance and Arts Online Departments, presented Online Assessments for Dance: Guiding Students to Original Ideas and Critical Connections. The presentation focused on the importance of a specific definition of critical thinking for the arts, and it detailed tools and strategies that face-to-face and online instructors can use to forward and assess critical thinking goals. Angeline and three other dance educators also presented a compilation of ideas and visions generated from several NDEO and higher education sources, including two NDEO dance symposiums. The team of four educators will use the notes to write the NDEO vision statement on dance education leadership for the year 2050.

Meg Regan and Jenna Kiefer, EdM Alumni and Part-time Lecturers for Arts Online, presented First Year Teaching: The Gap Between the Expected and the Reality. The interactive workshop included a candid view of challenging, real-life teaching scenarios and strategies for handling them.

Maribella Miller, Melissa Sande and Elizabeth Zwierzynski, BFA + EdM and EdM Alumni attended the conference.

Current EdM students, Lauren Giacobbe, Kyle Marsh and N’Talia Wilson, received scholarships to attend the conference.

New EdM student, Olivia Alvarez, has been selected to assist NDEO with the Dance Education Literature and Research descriptive index.  She attended DELRdi conference sessions as well as worked one-on-one with the DELRdi director, Dr. Anne Dunkin. Olivia will also be working closely with NDEO leadership and the EdM program to establish a student chapter of NDEO as well as a NDEO National Dance Honor Society at Rutgers.

.NDEO 2013 Rutgers group at breakfast cropped

Top row from left: Frederick Curry, Dr. Barbara Bashaw, Meg Regan, Jenna Kiefer, Maribella Miller, Kyle Marsh, Lauren Giacobbe, Barbara Angeline

Bottom row from left: Olivia Alvarez, Melissa Sande, N’Talia Wilson, Elizabeth Zwierzynski




December 26th to January 5th, 5 – 10 pm at Paul Taylor Studios

551 Grand Street, New York

Register NOW before the November 10th early registration deadline and save $100 off the tuition!

Regular Registration is from November 11 – 30

Requirement: Intermediate to advanced level of dance training in ballet and/or modern dance. This Intensive will introduce dancers to Taylor style through daily technique and repertoire classes with current Taylor 2 dancers.  Students may also have the opportunity to hear lectures and/or see videos on the history of Paul Taylor and his Company.

For more information and the application process click here

Visit the Paul Taylor Dance Company Website

View Winter Intensive Poster



Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for free master classes and Taylor 2 performances on Sunday, November 17th at the Taylor Studios, 551 Grand Street, New York.



Dancewave is seeking a Development intern for the 2014 Winter & Spring Semester – January through May!

The internship includes a stipend and the full description is available here.

The deadline for Application is Monday, November 18th! 



January 2014 in New York

Gaga is happy to offer an intensive for professional dancers and dance students age 18 and up in New York City fromJanuary 27 – February 1, 2014!

Dates: January 27-February 1, 2014
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on January 27-31 and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on February 1
Location: Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Price: $580 (this includes a non-refundable $150 registration fee) (***Dancers who have participated in previous Gaga Intensives in Tel Aviv, New York, or Belgium receive a 15% discount on the tuition!)

The faculty will be led by Ohad Naharin and will include Shahar Binyamini and Iyar Elezra.

For further details and application instructions: www.gagapeople.com

 For additional questions, please contact Saar at: saar@leesaar.com



Ohad Naharin and Batsheva dancers offer an intensive winter workshop for professional dancers and advanced dance students age 18+.

 Dates: December 21-28, 2013

Hours: 10:30-16:45 on December 21-22 and 10:30-17:15 on December 23-28

Location: Batsheva’s studios at the Suzanne Dellal Centre, 6 Yechieli Street, Tel Aviv

Price: 2000 ILS tuition + 150 ILS non-refundable application fee (***Dancers who have participated in previous Gaga Intensives in Tel Aviv, New York, or Belgium receive a 15% discount on the 2000 ILS tuition!)

For further details and application: www.gagapeople.com

 For additional questions, please contact Deborah at: gagaint@gmail.com



October 19, 2013 – January 12, 2014

Dance Alum, Robert Burke, has been assisting Brian Brooks on Julie Taymor’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and believes that the show has truly turned into something special and is encouraging everyone to see it. He feels “It’s a great example of collaboration and has been a great source of inspiration for me and hope that others will see it in the same light! ”

Read a recent NY Times article on Julie Taymor and the show.

Also, there is a great deal of $20 tickets for artists under 30! You can get tickets at the Theatre for A New Audience website.


Sonja Chung, Dance Alum, Class of 2012, is now a company member with Jennifer Muller!

Jennifer MULLER/The WORKS performs excerpts from “Path” at the Tibet House Museum on November 8th, 6 – 8pm 

RSVP to Alexandra Yapalater at Alexandra@rcourihaycpr.com, 212-580-0835

“Path” is a piece filled with fierce dancing, intricate groupings, startling moments and effortless tranquility. Starting with the sound of footsteps in the dark, the piece moves from chaos to stillness. A collaboration with artist Hedy Klineman, her evocative paintings of Buddhas and other Asian deities that fuse contemporary techniques with ancient imagery, serve as a subliminal influence on the progression of the piece from violence and compassion and ignorance to clarity. The music for Path is a compilation of authentic Indian music combined with Asian influenced composers creating a sound environment that is both exotic and transcendent.


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