Weekly Announcements – February 23 to March 1


This Week: A message from Julia, NASD Site Visit, Safety Reminders, Philadanco Day, Artists/Scholars in Dance, Opportunity to Submit Choreography, and Summer Opportunities.



Wishing everyone a wonderful week and please remember to put your best “foot” forward for our NASD guests.

Don’t Forget – Three Events Coming Up – Week of March 3!

March 4 – master classes with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company from Israel

March 5 – Philadanco Day!

March 6-9 – Student Dance Concert in Loree!



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!



Personal Safety: Please do not walk alone at night – especially after 11 p.m., when the crime rate in New Brunswick rises precipitously. Please use the late-night transportation available from one of the Rutgers Services:

  • RU Escort (University Police Department): 732 932-7211
  • The Knight Mover (Shuttle service): 732 932-RIDE (7433)

Belongings: Please place your bags and belongings in a secure place when you are on campus. Do not leave valuables unattended at any time.

Buildings. The safety and security of Mason Gross buildings is our mutual concern. Our facilities contain precious equipment, and we must strive to protect it from damage or loss. The buildings are locked during non-business hours. Please do not prop open exterior doors or grant entry to anyone you don’t recognize during these times. Please report any unusual activity to the nearest department administrator or security personnel.




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.


March 5, 2014

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild

This event is hosted in celebration of Women’s History Month and in collaboration with the Rutgers Center for African Studies.

Brenda Dixon Gottschild is the author of Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance (Greenwood Press 1996, paper 1998); Waltzing in the Dark (Palgrave-St. Martin’s Press 2000, paper 2002—winner of the 2001 Congress on Research in Dance Award for Outstanding Scholarly Dance Publication); The Black Dancing Body (Palgrave Macmillan 2003, paper 2005—winner of the 2004 de la Torre Bueno prize for scholarly excellence in dance publication); and Joan Myers Brown & The Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina (Palgrave Macmillan 2012). Recent awards include the Leeway Foundation Transformation Award (2009), the Congress on Research in Dance Award for Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research (2008); grants from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance to research/write her most recent book (2008, 2011); and the International Association of Blacks in Dance Outstanding Scholar Award (2013). She is Professor Emerita of dance studies at Temple University and a former senior consultant and writer for Dance Magazine.

Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild’s most recent book “Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of American Performance” will be the focus on the lecture on March 5. Joan Myers Brown is the founder of award-winning Philadanco Dance Company.

​BFA dance majors required at the following events on March 5th – BA and EdM majors are welcome and encouraged to attend:

  1. Take a master class for with Philadanco artists from 10-11:30
  2. Attend lecture and discussion by Dr. Dixon Gottschild from 12:30-2:00
  3. Attend book signing and reception from 2:00-3:00.



The Dance Department at Temple University invites choreographers to submit proposals for its 2014 Reflection:Response choreographic commission. THE FUTURE OF THE BODY & DANCE: WITHIN & BEYOND CULTURE, TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE. 

Whether you locate your work in somatic investigation or sociopolitical inquiry, we welcome dance– makers from all backgrounds. For further information about the Reflection:Response series, this year’s theme, or the proposal guidelines, please see the accompanying sheet.


The Commission Brief:

You are asked to create a new work that speaks to the theme of Reflection:Response/ THE FUTURE OF THE BODY & DANCE: WITHIN & BEYOND CULTURE, TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE that will be presented on Ocrober 24 and 25 at 7:30 PM. 

Although it is not obligatory, we welcome any opportunities to include Temple students as part of this choreographic commission. Students may be selected through audition and numbers included are entirely at the discretion of the choreographer.

You will be given a $5000 grant and you will have regular access to rehearsal space in Temple University Department of Dance studios throughout JuneAugust 2014. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to offer travel, accommodation or per diem.

You have the option to stage the work in the Conwell Theater at Temple University Main  Campus, or at an alternative site within the Main Campus or North Philadelphia area. We can provide stage management, lighting and sound technicians if you choose to present the work in Conwell Theater. In addition to the performance, you will also be asked to offer a master class and lecture demonstration to students in the Dance Department in mid October 2014.

New this year, we are offering an exciting opportunity to connect with a dance scholar from Boyer College of Music and Dance. A dance scholar/theorist will be assigned to work with the commissioned choreographer in a mutually agreed upon capacity which could range from dramaturgy to writing a critical text on the artist’s work. Choreographers should note in the proposal how they might envision working with an author.

Proposal Guidelines:

Please submit a 2page application as an email attachment (with your full name in the subject heading) that states:


  • Name, address, telephone and email address
  • A short performance biography
  • A brief description of the artistic aims of your proposed work with a clear articulation of how it speaks to the theme of Reflection: Response/ THE FUTURE OF THE BODY & DANCE: WITHIN & BEYOND CULTURE, TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE
  • brief description of how you might envision working with an author.
  • A breakdown of your budget (include expenses and projected income)
  • Anticipated technical requirements

In addition to the written application, you are asked to provide a 5minute sample of your work (please send a link to You Tube or Vimeo – No DVDs) with a brief statement outlining why you would like us to look at this particular section (150-word max).

Deadline for proposals: MARCH 24, 2014

Please send your proposal to:

Julie B. Johnson: reflectionresponse@gmail.com

Please note that the Selection Committee will meet to review applications in mid-April and you will be notified about the outcome of your application by: April 28, 2014.


 2014 Reflection:Response

Merián Soto, Committee Chair

Julie B. Johnson, Graduate Assistant

Please send any questions to reflectionresponse@gmail.com



The Merce Cunningham Trust Summer Workshop Auditions

The Mercer Cunningham Trust Summer Workshop


International Summer School of Physical Theater

July 7 – 12, 2014

Participants & Program

The annual residential program is open to dancers, choreographers, physical theater actors, contemporary circus performers and movers with professional stage experience working in various genres, techniques and styles, interested to take part in practical creative research of Physical Theater together with colleagues form all over the world.

Participants will explore the connection between physical action and voice, gesture, movements, dance and word, composition of the form and the artistic space of the performance, gain practical tools and valuable tips for creating contemporary professional productions in limited rehearsal time.


There are several partial scholarships available for professional performers.

Practical questions:

Accommodation & Meals

The group will stay and train at the same venue – at the beautiful refurbished castle in the landscape of natural beauty. The castle has its own guest house and restaurant. Participants can choose to stay at shared twin or single rooms. Three meals per day are organized for the group (both for vegetarians and non-vegetarians).


The summer school is based in the south-east of Austria.

The nearest airport – Graz (Flughafen Graz – GRZ).

Participants will get the necessary detailed directions to the venue.

More information about schedule, registration conditions, contacts:


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