Weekly Newsletter: February 25th – March 1st


This week: Important Messages, Week 6 Ballet & Technique Schedule, Reminders, Student Opportunities, Health & Wellness, Announcements/Shout-outs and Friday’s Rotation Schedule

Search Candidate Visit

    • If you are enrolled in Ballet 5 or Ballet 6you will take Ballet in Studio 110 with Peggy on Monday, 2/25 from 8 – 9am in Studio 110. The Masterclass with the faculty search candidate will be from 9:15 – 10:35 am, also in Studio 110. On Tuesday, 2/26, you will take Ballet in Studio 110 with Peggy from 8 – 8:40am. The Masterclass with the faculty search candidate will be from 8:45am – 10am also in Studio 110.
    • If you are NOT enrolled in Ballet, we highly recommend that you take Ballet in Studio 110 on both days as the faculty candidate may not provide a full warm – up for the masterclass. 
    • Please note that the final faculty search candidate day will be on 3/5 (updated date).

Attention Ballet 5 students

Since you are required to attend the ABT Day events on Saturday, March 2nd, Thursday’s class (02/28) will be cancelled. If you have any questions, please speak with Maeve or Erika.

Nicholas Music Center Dance Studio Doors

Attention Students, Faculty, & Staff

Please do not place the door stopper at the top of the door frame. The weight of the door pressing against the wedge will eventually rip the door off the hinges or ruin the alignment (that is, the door won’t close and the swipe access won’t work

BFA Mandatory Events Updated

BFA Mandatory Events Spring 2019

Jessica Featherson’s MFA Thesis Concert is a moving audience participatory performance in a museum setting and is no longer a mandatory event for BFA dance students to attend. A small number of students will be able to attend this immersive experience by signing up via Eventbrite (link will be available soon!). Please be sure to secure your spot to attend this exclusive performance!
Attendance to Camille’s MFA Thesis Concert is still mandatory for BFA dance students on either March 29 or March 30 at 7:30pm in LOREE  (please note the dates of this performance has been updated).

Masterclass with Dr. Brent Anderson


Dance Department students, faculty and alumna with Dr. Brent Anderson, Polestar Pilates Founder and CEO, after his Pilates Mat masterclass.

Week 6 Ballet & Technique Schedule

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Guest Artist Survey

Attention students, faculty and staff: Your suggestions for guest artist choreographers would be greatly appreciated!

This is an anonymous survey. Neither your email address or identifying information will be collected.

Final decisions on guest artists will be made by the Curriculum & Artistic Advisory Committee and based on guest artist availability.

Your response is DUE by: Monday, February 25th at 12pm!

Guest Artist Survey


A reminder that MGSA students who wish to apply for Study in Israel awards should get their applications in by March 1.  Here are the details:

All Rutgers students can apply for financial awards to support study in Israel in summer or fall 2019.

Details and links to applications are available at: Rutgers Jewish Studies Student Award

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 1. 

ABT Day 

ABT Day Spring 2019

Class Offerings for Undergraduate & Graduate Students

Open to all current MGSA Dance Department BFA, BA, and MFA students free of admission

Alumni welcome

11:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Workshop: Theraband Warm- Up

Course Instructor: Hollie Palmisano, Athletic Trainer, Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts

Location: Studio 111

Materials needed: Theraband, warm-up clothing

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Master Class for Collegiate Dancers

Course Instructor: Sascha Radetsky, Artistic Director, ABT Studio Company

Location: Studio 112

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Classical Variations

Course Instructor: Petrusjka Broholm, Ballet Mistress, ABT Studio Company

Location: Studio 111


2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Men’s Classical Repertory Workshop (all genders welcome)

Course Instructor: Sascha Radetsky, Artistic Director, ABT Studio Company

Location: Studio 112

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Seminar: Music for Ballet Dancers

Course Instructor: George Lykogiannis, DMA

Location: Studio 112


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Seminar: Pre-Performance Workshop Design

Course Instructor: Artistic Coordinator for Educational Outreach, ABT

Location: Studio 110

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Workshop: Yoga

Course Instructors: Course Instructor: Jeeseon Chung, Intern, Rutgers ABT Certified School Location: Studio 112

7:00p.m. ABT Studio Company Performance

Location: Loree Dance Theater

Rutgers Observes Black History Month 

Students, faculty and staff will celebrate with a wide range of cultural and educational activities throughout the university including screenings, performances and lectures in honor of Black History Month.

Events this year will mark the centennial anniversary of Paul Robeson’s graduation from Rutgers College in 1919 and will also mark the 50th anniversary of the takeover of Conklin Hall at Rutgers University-Newark by members of the Black Organization of Students, a pivotal moment in Rutgers history that ushered in an era of much greater diversity.


For a list of month long Black History Month events at Rutgers NB, Rutgers Newark, Rutgers Camden and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences campus’, visit: Rutgers Black History Month 2019

For more information about upcoming events for the Paul Robeson Centennial Celebration, visit: Paul Robeson Centennial

Rutgers Summer Session

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The schedule of classes for the Summer 2019 term is now available. Choose from more than 2,500 courses in a wide range of subjects, offered in-person, online, or at off-campus locations throughout the state. Make progress towards graduation, improve a GPA, or fulfill a prerequisite this summer. Start planning schedules now and register beginning on February 18. Learn more here

Important Add/Drop Dates

Wednesday, January 30th – Monday, March 25th: Undergraduate drop period with a “W” grade

Graduate students can view the Spring 2019 Registration Calendar here, along with add/drop dates and the withdrawal schedule

Dance Support Group

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Student Opportunities

Study Abroad


Study Abroad application for the Fall and Academic Year 2019 are due March 1st!

For more information about the deadline and application, visit: RUGlobal

Rutgers Learning Centers

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To sign up for an Academic Success Series visit: Rutgers Learning Center – Academic Success Series

Lifestyle Science Study Abroad – Summer 2019

Program is open to all Rutgers majors, Non-Rutgers students, Undergraduate and Graduate students (Minimum GPA 2.5)

  • Lifestyles of the Mediterranean: May 17th – 30th $3,550 (3 cr)
  • Service Learning & Sustainable Lifestyle in Greece: May 17th – 30th $3,590 (3cr)
  • Water Sports Physiology & Practice: June 22nd – July 5th $3,990 (3 cr)
  • Exploring the Origins of the Mediterranean Diet in Crete Island: July 9th – 30th $4,940 (6 cr)

Application deadline: February 15th, 2019 – For further program and cost information, please visit the program webpage at kinesabroad.rutgers.edu

Summer 2019 Opportunities

George Street Playhouse

The George Street Playhouse Education staff is currently searching for eager, passionate, and artistic university undergraduates to apply for our summer internship opportunity.

Our interns spend four weeks during the month of July learning from our lead Teaching Artists by assisting in daily lessons and lesson planning, leading a short lesson/game/activity each day, acting as the classroom stage manager and performing many other essential classroom duties. Each of our academy classes focus on student devised theatre, from the writing of the script to original songs and movement pieces.

This year we are specifically looking for a Dance/Choreographer intern to work along side our Academy Choreographer/Movement Artist.

For more information, please contact Angela Peletier, Education Administrative Assistant, at apeletier@georgestreetplayhouse.org

Bates Dance Festival 

The Professional Training Program enrolls intermediate and advanced dancers, ages 18 and older, who have previous experience and curiosity in the field of dance. Dancers develop technique and strengthen their knowledge-base. Dance-makers have the opportunity to create and dig into composition and process. Teachers refresh and refine skills for the classroom and the studio.

Choose from a wide variety of technique and somatic offerings in the morning. Design your individual experience by taking a 3-week deep-dive into one intensive or mix and match from diverse one-week offerings in technique, process, and pedagogy.

Visit: Bates Dance Festival Professional Training Program 2019 or speak with Brittany Engel-Adams & Kimberly Bartosik who will be teaching at Bates this summer for more information!

Ballet Hispanico

ballet hispanico 2019 summer programs

ChoreoLab: Emerging Artist Workshop for the advanced and early professional level dancers

Summer Intensive:  Pre-professional Summer Intensive challenges students to strengthen their classical technique, experience contemporary forms, and develop professional skills through specialized forums, all through a multicultural lens at the nation’s premier Latino dance organization.

To register or to find out more information, visit: Ballet Hispanico Summer 2019 Program

Alexandra Beller Dances

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“Dance / And”, our upcoming Summer Intensive, focuses on the intersectionality of dance, and discovering how embodiment factors into science, psychology, politics, communication, relationships, by collaborating with theater artists, filmmakers, scientists, vocalists, activists, dramaturgs. Can we re-position movement investigation as an essential act of survival?

To register: Dance/And Summer Intensive

Health & Wellness

Rutgers Student Health

Mindfulness Meditation Spring 2019

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BFA, MFA, EdM, BFA, BA majors and Dance Minors are invited to sign up for free Pilates Reformer small group sessions in the Dance Department Soma Center.  Students can sign up for a once-a-week, hour-long session.  Sessions are available Wednesdays 4-7 pm and Thursdays 3-6 pm, and begin on Wednesday, Jan. 30th.  The sign-up sheet for the first half of Spring semester is posted outside the Soma Center, and sign-up is on a first-come basis.  Reformer classes are a wonderful opportunity to supplement your dance training, so please take advantage of this opportunity if your schedule permits.

Polestar Pilates Reformer Teacher Training

Polestar Pilates Reformer Teacher Training

If you are interested in applying for the Polestar Pilates Reformer Teacher Training, please click on the link below or contact Frederick Curry for more information!

Mason Gross Polestar Pilates Reformer Teacher Training Program Spring 2019

Summer Vinyasa Teacher Training

om factory yoga teacher training

OM Factory School of Yoga Teacher Training is a 200-hour yoga comprehensive teacher training designed for serious yoga practitioners interested in deepening their practice, as well as for aspiring teachers who want a toolkit to approach teaching with confidence.

If you are interested in applying for the Summer Vinyasa Teacher Training, please click on the link below or contact Blair Ritchie for more information!

Summer Vinyasa Teacher Training Application

Announcements & Shout-outs

Raw Artist Showcase

RAW Artist Showcase Spring 2019

Come out and show support to MGSA Alum, Shannel Resto, at the Raw Artist Showcase at the Sony Hall in NYC on Monday, February 25th from 7pm – 11pm. The show itself  has a wide range of talent in visual art, film, fashion & accessories design, music, dance, performance art, beauty, and photography. Its also a hub for connections, so I think it will be a great way for the dancers at Mason Gross to connect to other artists or one day show their work there.

To purchase tickets, visit: Raw Artist Showcase

*Ticket sales end on February 15th

Commencement Ceremonies: Save the Dates!


Rites of Passage Ceremony in Honor of Black & Latinx Graduates: Wednesday, 15th – Hosted by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (Typically on from 3pm -5pm)

Rutgers Business School – Undergraduate NB: Thursday, May 16th from 10:30am-12:30pm at the RAC

Mason Gross School of the Arts: Thursday, May 16th from 2:30pm – 4:30pm at the State Theatre

School of Communication and Information: Thursday, May 16th from 3pm – 5pm at the RAC

Douglass Residential College: Saturday, May 18th from 10am – 12pm at Antilles Field (Rain Location: College Ave Gym)

University Commencement: Sunday, May 19th from 10am – 11:30am at HighPoint Stadium – Online parking registration opens on March 25th

School of Arts & Sciences: Sunday, May 19th after the Commencement at HighPoint Stadium

School of Environmental & Biological Sciences: Monday, May 20th from 10am -12pm at Passion Puddle (Rain location: RAC)

Graduate School of Education: Monday, May 20th from 4:30pm – 6pm at the College Ave Gym.


Friday’s Rotation Schedule

spring 2019 rotation schedule



Please send your announcements and/or shoutouts to sorange@mgsa.rutgers.edu

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