Weekly Newsletter: April 1st – April 5th


This week: Important Messages, Week 10 Ballet & Technique Schedule, Reminders, Countdown to Commencement 2019, Summer 2019 Opportunities, Health & Wellness, Announcements/Shout-outs and Friday’s Rotation Schedule

Important Messages

Congratulations to the senior award recipients of the The Margery J. Turner Choreographer Prize for 2019: Bailey B. Benoot and Aanyse A. Pettiford-Chandler. Their choreographic works will be produced on DancePlus in April following performances in the Senior BFA Thesis concert. We commend Bailey and Aanyse on their artistic accomplishments and look forward to seeing their work onstage soon.

Spring DancePlus Concert

ATTENTION students performing in the Spring DancePlus Concert: Your biographies are due to Syde no later thatn 12:30pm on Wednesday, April 3rd. Please see below for a few reminders

  1. Biographies are to be 75 words
  2. If you do not send an updated bio, a bio from fall 2018 will be used
  3. If you already sent an updated bio, please ignore this message

Ballet Hispanico Master Class – 04/05

Studio 110

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Open to all BFAs, BAs, and minors

Ballet Hispanico 2019 Summer Programs Auditions – 04/06

Ballet Hispanico 2019 Summer Programs Auditions

Kiri Avelar’s MFA Thesis Concert – Descubrimiento: Voice, Place, Identity

Follow on Instagram @_descubrimiento Engage in dialogue around Latinx themes and learn more about the project. Live streaming will also be available for the APRIL 10 performance. “This speaks to the ways we share our stories, make our work accessible, and stay connected and supportive across borders.”Her family and friends will be watching from Mexico. Even if you can’t make it into NYC you’ll be able to see the event!

Descubrimiento is a community interdisciplinary experience that provides a diverse platform for expression in exploring themes of ruido, Mestiza Consciousness and Latinidades. Through this immersive performance, participants will be guided through several happenings, including film screenings, live pop-up performances, and a dance class – all curated to provoke responses for the individual and the community. The performance is 45 minutes in length, followed by a 30 minute session for audience response through varied platforms.

Wednesday, April 10
Shows at 5PM & 7PM
El Barrios Artspace PS 109
215 East 99th Street Dance Studio, New York, New York 10029
The event is free, but there is limited space, RSVP is required. To RSVP, please click here

Rutgers Today

Read about how BFA alum and EdM Cooperating Teacher, Aaron Ramos choreographed a piece for middle school students centered on the poem “Black Boys Die Easy” by Akeem Olaj. “These kids may be in middle school, but they’re old enough and smart enough to know what to do. You just have to give them that chance and the opportunity, because they are capable.”

Rutgers Today – Dance Revolution

Dance Support Group 

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Week 10 Ballet & Technique Schedule


Laban based Workshop


SAVE THE DATE: MFA Thesis Concerts!

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An immersive interdisciplinary dance performance choreographed and directed by MFA candidate Jessica C. Featherson. Featuring original artwork and photography by Mason Gross School of the Arts student Jonathan Adams and Angelica Calderon, and poetry by New York-based spoken word artist Shadenia Sivad.

Saturday, April 13th from 2pm – 5pm at the Zimmerli Art Museum. Free admission. Limited engagement RSVP required.

Class Registration – Fall 2019

Pre-Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins on Sunday, April 7th at 10:00 pm and continues through Friday, April 19th. Pre-Registration continues online and in person at our new College Ave office: Records Hall, 620 George Street, College Ave Campus, Monday, April 22th through Friday, August 30st, 2019.

Apply to be a Student Residence Coordinator

The Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center is currently accepting applications for student Residence Coordinator (RC) positions. RCs provide front desk coverage on a rotating basis and support services to overnight guests, conference attendees, and meeting organizers. Compensation includes free housing and a stipend. Learn more and apply here.

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

Study Abroad Applications—All Students

Applications for Spring 2020 study abroad applications are due on October 1. Walk-in hours are Monday–Friday, noon–3 p.m., at Rutgers Global–Study Abroad on the College Avenue Campus. Learn more, search programs, and apply here.

Rutgers Learning Centers

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To sign up for Peer Coaching Sessions visit: Rutgers Learning Centers – Peer Coaching Sessions

Countdown to Commencement 2019 


University Diploma Application

Undergraduate students who anticipate completing May 2019 degree requirements must apply for graduation by submitting a diploma application online. Please contact the Undergraduate Registrar’s Office at 848-445-2757 and ask for Monica Licourt or Michael Rusen, or email diplomas@registrar.rutgers.edu with any concerns about a diploma application. Please note that completion of a diploma application does not imply that graduation requirements have been met.

University Commencement Parking Hangtag

University Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at HighPoint.com Stadium on the Busch Campus. With more than 50,000 people expected on campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick, parking on campus will be limited. Therefore, graduating students must register to receive up to two free parking hangtags for themselves and their families or guests. Registration for special-needs parking hangtags and for non-special-needs tags is now open. Learn more here.

Commencement Ceremonies: Save the Dates!

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

Register here: 27th Annual Rites of Passage Ceremony Registration

Participation Opportunities: There are several ways that the Rutgers University community (students, staff, faculty and alumni) can participate in the Annual Rites of Passage Ceremony. Community members can audition to be a speaker/performer or volunteer to staff the event to ensure a successful and spirited experience for our graduates. Please see below to register for available participation opportunities.

  1. Student Speaker – deadline to apply will be Friday, March 30th by 11:59pm Student Speaker Registration
  2. Student Performances (singers, DANCERS, and spoken word poets) – deadline to apply will be Friday, March 30th by 11:59pm Student Performer Registration
  3. Event Volunteers (open to students, staff/faculty & alumni) – Sign up here to be a volunteer
  4. Rutgers University Faculty/Staff Processional – Sign up here to participate by April 30th, by 11:59pm

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.

Summer 2019 Opportunities

Rutgers Learning Centers

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Click here to apply

Balance Arts Center

The Balance Arts Center in New York City is now offering internships. The BAC is a vibrant center focused on the teaching and application of the Alexander Technique. Our goal is to provide a balanced experience for college-aged students in:

  • Alexander Technique as it applies to their field of interest
  • Arts Management and Programming
  • Administration
  • Facilities Management

To apply for an internship, please email a resume and brief cover letter stating your interest, previous work/education, and contact information to info@balanceartscenter.com.

Houston Ballet Academy is Hiring: Summer Chaperone Position

Houston Ballet Academy is looking for self-motivated, responsible individuals to fill Summer Chaperone positions for its 2019 Summer Intensive.

Over 300 students from all over the world attend Houston Ballet’s Summer Intensive every year. We host more than 150 students in off-campus, dormitory housing. We need your help to provide these dedicated students with a safe, fun living environment for 6 weeks. Dorm students will range from ages 12 to 17. Chaperones will be required to drive a 15 passenger van.

The program runs from June 17-July 27. Move-in day for chaperones is Thursday, June 13. Move-out day for chaperones is Saturday evening, July 27.

We are seeking to hire 1 Lead Chaperone, 1 Assistant Lead Chaperone and 8 Chaperones.

Qualified individuals, ages 21+, need to have a passion for working with students, a drive to provide excellent service, and an attitude of positivity and enthusiasm. Please apply online at Houstonballet.org (HERE).

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 3-5 pm, and begin on Wednesday, March 27th.  The sign-up sheet for the second 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

Shout out to Vincent Smith, who will be playing the Tabla with Voorhees Choir on April 23rd at Carnegie Hall!

DARTS Dance Faculty

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Days in the Arts program is seeking a Dance Instructor for their 2019 Tanglewood Season. To apply, visit: Boston Symphony Orchestra

Radio City Auditions

Radio City Auditions

Radio City Productions is holding auditions for the 2019 edition of the Christmas Spectacular April 15-24 at Radio City.  They are looking for a dynamic and diverse cast of Rockettes, Ensemble Dancers, Ensemble Vocalists, and Claras (Girls). For more information, visit: The Radio City Rockettes


Friday’s Rotation Schedule

spring 2019 rotation schedule



Please email all announcements to sorange@mgsa.rutgers.edu

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