Weekly Announcements – March 2 to March 8


This Week: A message from Julia, Entrepreneurship Opportunities, Philadanco Day, Artist/Scholar Guests, Auditions and Job Opportunities, Choreography Competition, Alumni Performances and Events, and Kudos and Shout-Outs.



Many thanks to all students, faculty and staff for your assistance in making our NASD site-visit a huge success! I appreciate everyone’s effort and generosity in guiding our guests through our programs and spaces. I am glad we were able to share our vibrant and exciting dance community with others in the field of dance.

Don’t forget – we have three exciting events this week!

March 4 – Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company master classes

March 5 – Philadanco Day

March 6-9 – Student Concert!

Have a fantastic week!




Randy was honored with a 2014 Choreography Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts. This is his thirs Choreographic Fellowship from NJSCA. The next performance of Randy’s company, 10 Hairy Legs, will be on March 8, 2014 at the New Jersey Moves Festival.

10 Hairy Legs
Jersey Moves! Festival

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center Street
Newark, NJ 07102
10 Hairy Legs website


Associate Professor of Dance Studies Jeff Friedman has been awarded a fellowship for academic year 2014-2015 by the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University. He will be participating in a year-long seminar titled “Feminist Optics: Gender and Visual Studies.”  Prof. Friedman’s proposal critiques current emphasis on visuality vs. an expanded presence of the total sensorium, including kinesthesia and tactility, especially as that tension is expressed in dance, and particularly where creative production is gendered.


Master classes with artists from Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

Rami Be’er, Artistic Director

All BFA will have classes with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company on Tuesday, March 4
Freshers and Juniors – 8:30am to 10:30am in Loree
2nd year and Seniors – 10:30-12:30pm in Loree



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

10-12:00pm     Special master classes for BFA, EdM 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.

Entrepreneurship Opportunities

The Entrepreneurship Minor will hosting the second Entrepreneurship GPS Series on March 6th

There will be successful entrepreneurs who have all grossed over 1 million dollars per year in various businesses, created hundreds of jobs and have come together  with the sole purpose of helping you learn keys to reaching the same success and insight on how to do it yourself.  Entrepreneurship is more than owning a business, but rather a state of mind… LEARN IT HERE!

Movie trailer from last event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O28ps_uJg4U 

Link for students to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rutgers-entrepreneurship-gps-speaker-series-tickets-10662163819




BalaSole Dance Company

Audition - Marach 2014 - FlyerAudition (Performance Opportunities)
March 22, 2014, 8:00-10:00PM
New York Live Arts
219 West 19th Street, NYC
BaleSole Dance Company is currently seeking high-calibered male and female solo dance artists (of all styles, genres, artistic expressions, shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities) to performs in its 13th concert season on July 18 & 19, 2014 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (NYC). Artists not selected at the audition have the opportunity to perform in the company’s ensemble pieces through its Emerging ‘Re-Emerging Artists’ Workshop. For complete details and requirements, visit http://www.balesoledance.org and click on the “Events” page.
BalaSole Dance Company has presented concert seasons at prominent dance venues such as the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Jerome Robbins Theater, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop), and Tribeca Performing Arts Center.  In June 2012, BalaSole Dance Company officially became the resident dance company of the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Tim Martin of Dance Europe Magazine called BalaSole Dance Company a “hybrid creature” and described it as “part dance company and part showcase for aspiring dancer/choreographers.”  Stephanie Deere of Broadway World called the company’s “emphasis on the creative process extremely refreshing.”  Linda Diamond of ENV Magazine stated, “this interactive collaboration of independent thinkers has not been seen since the 1980’s in the New York dance scene.”  Philip Gardner of Oberon’s Grove described the company “as a unique venture in the contemporary New York dance scene.”
Since 2010, the company has held eleven concert seasons featuring 100 dance artists performing solo pieces ranging from experimental, postmodern, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, flamenco, tap to African dance.  These artists have performed in works by renowned choreographers, including Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Robert Battle, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, Mark Morris, Elisa King, Chuck Davis, Doug Elkins, Milton Myers, Dwight Rhoden, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover and Jimmy Slyde.
BalaSole Dance Company’s roster includes artists from renowned companies such Limón Dance Company, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Parsons Dance, Lucinda Childs Dance, Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Tulsa Ballet, as well as students/graduates from The Juilliard School, New York University, SUNY Purchase, The Boston Conservatory, Columbia University, Harvard University, Howard University, Long Island University, Rutgers University, University at Buffalo, Muhlenberg College, North Carolina University, East Carolina University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Marymount Manhattan College, University of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, George Mason University, and University of Oklahoma.


The Valentina Kozlova International Contemporary Dance and Choreography Competition (first edition) is open to all ages in the categories of Solos, Duets, Groups and Choreography.It’s a wonderful opportunity for dancers to perform and/or present their work along with other dancers and choreographers from around the world before a distinguished panel of judges.  Judges for the panel include:  Andris Liepa, Tracy Inman, Nina Buisson,Virginie Victoire Mécène, Igal Perry, Patricia Aulestia  (de Alba), Jelco Yuresha, Jeon Mi Sook, Charles Askegard, Wendy Perron, Margo Sappington, Risa Steinberg and Septime Webre.Selected competitors will be invited to perform/present pieces at the evening gala on April 29, 2014 following the award ceremony where prizes will include such opportunities as: scholarships, workshops, the commission for a new work in Argentina, and an invitation to the choreographer of the winning piece to have that piece rehearsed, staged and presented by dancers of the Compania Nacional de Danze Mexico.

To register or learn more about the competition, please visit http://www.vkibc.org
If you have any questions, please feel free to email info@vkibc.org or call (212) 245-0050


Wednesday March 5th, catch the premiere of Gigantomachia at the Zimmerli Museum of Rutgers University by BFA alumna Meagan Woods! Shows begin at 6pm and 7pm, and include a docent tour of the gallery. Get closer to art and dance, and cheer up a winter Wednesday. 
Friday March 21st 9:15pm
Sunday March 23rd 2:45pm
Performances are ongoing throughout the space, so come early or stay late.
Vesper Service in Princeton
Saturday March 22nd at 7pm

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