Weekly Announcements – Sept 5 to 9, 2017

Welcome Back Dance Community!

2017-2018 Academic Year

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Dear Dance Department Accompanists, Faculty, Staff and Students,

An exhilarating year lies ahead as we celebrate the roots and wings of the Mason Gross Dance Department during the 2017-2018 academic year. Together we will welcome new additions to our student body, faculty and staff; implement new student-driven initiatives; work with outstanding guest artists and experience 11 productions that will begin with the Alumni Dance Concert this upcoming weekend (Sept. 8 & 9) and range from a historic evening honoring professor emeritus, Don Redlich, to a BFA student performance at the iconic Joyce Theater in NYC.

Our leadership focus is to foster a connection culture that cultivates a supportive, collaborative and creative growth-oriented learning community. As such, we look forward to welcoming you for the first day of classes on Tuesday, September 5 th and during our Dance Assembly Community Welcome* on Wednesday, September 6, 12:35 pm in Studio 110. Here you will gather the latest community news and we will launch exciting endeavors that are aimed at helping you connect as well as continue on a path of success.

Please review the first week schedule posted below and on the department bulletin boards to help create a smooth transition into the first week of classes and events. We will see you soon!

Warm Regards,

Dr. Barbara Bashaw, Acting Chair & Artistic Director

Prof. Keith Thompson, Interim Associate Chair & Production Director

*Dance Assembly is required for BFAs, Staff and Full-Time Faculty. BA, Minors, EdM, MFA, Accompanists and PTLs are welcome to attend.

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Monday, Sept. 4: New Student Orientation – 9:30 AM Check In- Bettenbender Plaza

Tuesday, Sept. 5: Placement Classes

  • 7:30 AM Pick up your audition number in lobby if you are enrolled in Ballet
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Wednesday, Sept. 6: Placement Classes & Dance Assembly Community Welcome


Thursday, Sept. 7: New! Student Works Casting Auditions & UDW Auditions

  • 8:00 – 9:30 AM Regular ballet classes
  • 9:45 – 11:30 AM New! BFAs, EdMs, MFAs: Will you be making any choreography this year? (ex: Spring Student Concert, Senior Concert) Do you want to dance in student works made by BFA, EdM and MFA students? Audition for student choreography AND circulate to cast dancers for your own choreography! (Procedure & schedule will be provided in Dance Assembly) Graduate Students: Please obtain an audition number from Colleen Klein.
  • 12:30 – 3:30 PM UDW Auditions (Juniors & Seniors Only)

Friday, Sept. 8: Repertory Auditions (All BFAs Only) & Alumni Concert

  • 8:30 – 9:30 AM Ballet Warm Up for all auditionees
  • 9:45 – 2:45 PM Repertory Auditions (Schedule will be provided in Dance Assembly)
  • 3:00 PM Freshmen Crew Meeting – Studio 111
  • 7:30 PM Alumni Dance Concert – Loree Dance Theater (Required for BFAs, Tickets distributed in Dance Assembly)

Saturday, Sept. 9: DAFT Testing & Alumni Concert

  • 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Freshmen DAFT Testing – Studio 110 with Hollie Palmisano
  • 7:30 PM Alumni Dance Concert – Loree Dance Theater (Required for BFAs, Tickets distributed in Dance Assembly)


Friday Sept. 8 & Saturday Sept. 9

Loree Dance Theater

Required attendance for all BFA students

(Tickets will be distributed at Dance Assembly)

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Join a Rutgers Kinesiology & Health Department research study that will look at how resistance training helps to prevent injury and improve performance. This training opportunity is worth over $800 and will only require about 3 hours per week for a few months. Learn more at our first Dance Assembly or contact David Sanders at d.sanders@rutgers.edu.

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Upcoming Required Performance Attendance

Sunday, September 24th, 2:00 PM, VJM Theater (Reception follows). Student tickets will be distributed on Wednesday, September 20.

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