Weekly Announcements – February 16 to February 22


This Week: A message from Julia, the Dance Department Hosts Erik Franklin, NASD Site Visit, Philadanco Day, Dean of Students Stress Workshop, Registration for Summer Session, Niv and Oren Calendar of Events, and Summer Opportunities.



Let’s see if we can get through a week without snow! Thanks to everyone for their cooperation during this crazy weather!




This past week the Dance Department hosted Eric Franklin, an internationally acclaimed somatic movement educator, author and lecturer. On Monday, Mr. Franklin guided the Laban class with EdM, BFA and BA students through a series of simple biomechanic experiences that can be applied to dance technique with extraordinary results.  On Tuesday, he led EdM students in the Teaching Concepts class through a session on teaching with different forms of imagery.  On Wednesday, Mr. Franklin presented a workshop on the spine and treating back pain to pre-med students at the RJW Medical School.

IMG_0217  Deidre Sauer helps Mr. Franklin demonstrate the force absorbing function of the pelvic bones. 


BFA+EdM Candidates Kyle Marsh, Caitlyn Barrows and Gina Ventura take a moment to pose after having their books signed by Mr. Franklin.


BFA+EdM student Emily Funicello demonstrates the concept of counter-rotation of the pelvis and femur during plie. 



Dear Students, Faculty and Staff – The Dance Department will be hosting evaluators from the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) which is the organization under which we are accredited. From February 24-28, Dr. Angela Kane, chair of the Dance Program at the University of Michigan and Lyn Wiltshire, Head of the Dance Pedagogy Program at the Dance Department of University of Texas at Austin will be visiting our classes and touring our facilities. During this time, UDW will be performing on Thursday, February 27 in Loree for a special group of students from cooperating schools who work in partnership with our EdM Dance Education Program. It will be a busy week and I thank everyone in advance for putting their best selves forward, including dressing properly and keeping our spaces clean. You have so much to be proud of from your excellent dancing, choreographic works and professionalism. Let’s shine for NASD!




In honor of Women’s History Month and Joan Myers Brown, Founder of Philadanco

10-12:00pm     Special master classes for BFA and BA majors with Philadanco guest artists!
12:35-2:00pm  Dance Assembly: Lecture and discussion with Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild,
                       biographer of Joan Myers Brown, founder of Philadanco
2:00-3:00pm    Book-signing and Coffee/Desserts Reception
Events offered by the Dance Department at Mason Gross in collaboration with the Rutgers Center for African Studies, on March 5, 2014.
Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild, dance historian and winner of the 2013 International Association of Black in Dance Outstanding Scholar Award. Dr. Dixon Gottschild is the author of “Joan Myers Brown and the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of American Performance”, an in-depth analysis of the founder of the renowned Philadanco Dance Company, based in Philadelphia.


Got any stress and anxiety?

Join Dr. Nicole Isaacson to learn about how your brain processes anxiety, what makes you feel anxious, learn skills & strategies to reduce your level of stress.

DOS STRESS Workshops Feb24 Mar3 2014



Registration for Summer Session 2014 opens on February 17th.  Dance studio offerings include:

 07:206:137: TECHNIQUE WORKSHOP (1 credit)

07:206:153: ADVANCED BALLET WORKSHOP (1 credit)

07:206:363: MODERN DANCE REPERTORY (2 credit)

For more information, visit:


Contact Frederick Curry if you need help registering for summer dance courses.



Two Room Apartment

February 28 & March 1 – Aborns Art Center, Downtown Manhattan, New York

March 16 – Dancemakers Center, Toronto, Canada

March 21 & 22 – The ODC Theatre, San Fransisco, California



BLUEPRINT Summer Intensives

August 11th – 23rd, ages 16-22

Peridance Capezio Center brings a unique Summer Intensive experience to pre-professional and professional Ballet and Contemporary dancers. Bridging the gap between conservatory ballet teachnique and the innovation of the current contemporary scene, BLUEPRINT brings dancers face to face with current influential dance educators and artists. Our mission is to expose students to the best in the business, helping them advance their dance careers. This Intensive is an exciting opportunity to polish technique, learn repertory from prestigious working choreographers, perform on a professional New York City stage, and gain a fresh and unique edge! Pointework is required for female dancers.


Stella Abrera 
Sidra Bell 
Megumi Eda
Igal Perry
Christopher Matt
Jon ole Olstad
Helen Simoneau
Jeanne Solan
Breton Tyner-Bryan
Manuel Vignoulle
Denis Wayne
and MORE!

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