Weekly Newsletter: April 29th – May 3rd


This week: Important Messages, Week 14 Ballet & Technique Schedule, Reminders, Countdown to Commencement 2019, Employment Opportunities, Summer 2019 Opportunities, Health & Wellness and Announcements/Shout-outs.

Important Messages

DancePlus Concert

As we approach our last concert of the semester, please keep in mind that every performance of DancePlus next week is up against 2 other MGPAC shows that will be using the same parking lots so it will be crowded. Please spread the word to your guests to let them know about this and to allow plenty of time to get here and find parking. Also, please remind them to have their car registered for Rutgers event parking in advance.

MGSA Box Office Student Rush Policy: You MUST have your RUID with you to obtain a student rush ticket and you may not leave your ticket with box office staff to hold for someone else.

MGPAC Parking Link

BFA Student Scholarship Award Winners

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Graduate School of Education

Congratulations to Alexis Veglia (EdM) for being a GSE nominee for the Distinguished Clinical Intern Award!

Rutgers Honors College Capstone Showcase


Congratulations to Dance BA Carolyn Hamm (double-majoring in Mathematics) who presented “The Relationship Between Mathematics and Dance” at the recent Rutgers Honors College Capstone Showcase.

A Rutgers program gets Parkinson’s patients to boogie down: BTN LiveBIG


“The program currently offers two classes per week, which can be highly valuable for those participating. The improvements they feel can last for days. Mixed in with yoga or another type of exercise class, and there is constant attention paid to improving walking, posture and mobility. Friedman said that many of his students also use some of the exercises taught in the class at home, so they can stretch out when they are feeling tight and rigid. The program is supported with funding from The Kenneth Aidekman Family Foundation, the New Jersey Ballet, and the Dance Department, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.” – Jeff Friedman, MFA in Dance Director

To read the full article visit: BIG Ten Network


Congratulations to Dan Swern (BM Alum)  for his off-Broadway production of Shale & Bake: Love’s Labour’s Lost which just received a Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience!

Broadway News

Rutgers Day – Saturday, April 27th 


Rutgers Day, the university’s annual welcome and show-and-tell for New Jersey residents of all ages, will take place Saturday, April 27, rain or shine.
The event offers more than 600 free programs featuring hands on demonstrations, interactive activities, and student performances, including cultural dances, live bands and martial arts demonstrations

College Avenue: At 10:30 a.m., cheer on hundreds of alumni, Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights, Rutgers cheerleaders, graduating seniors, and the Scarlet Knight mascot as they march down College Avenue for the Rutgers Day and All-Alumni Parade.

Come see the newly dedicated Paul Robeson Plaza and visit the Paul Robeson 100 tent to learn about this famous alumnus and his remarkable life as a scholar, athlete, actor, singer and global activist and the rich legacy he left the university and the world.

Visit the Global Pavilion and World of Languages, share your story with the Oral History Archives and enter the Tent of Big Ideas. Visit the “R” Garden, grab a free cupcake and take a turn at the all-day, marathon reading of William Goldman’s “The Princess Bride.”

Busch: Tour two of the university’s new state-of-the-art facilities – the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering and the Chemistry and Chemical Biology buildings. Transport yourself to a new world with virtual reality streaming, watch drones take flight, test your surgical skills, visit the stuffed animal health clinic, and practice your elevator pitch “Shark Tank” style.

Cook/Douglass: Watch horses run on a high-speed treadmill, follow the life cycle of a tree from seed to saw, and take a tour of a research greenhouse.  Learn about 50 years of nutrition education in New Jersey with cooking and nutrition demos from each of the past five decades. Get up close and personal with your lower intestines on a walk through a giant inflatable colon. Stop by the New Jersey Folk Festival – one of only a handful of folk festivals in the United States managed by undergraduate students – which turns 45 this year.

The following road closures will take place due to the day’s events:

College Avenue Campus:

-Hamilton Street will be closed between George Street and College Avenue from 6:00AM to 5:00PM.

-College Avenue, Senior Street, and Seminary Place will be closed from 10:00AM to 11:15AM for the alumni parade.


-Lipman Drive will be closed from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.

-College Farm Road will be closed from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.

-Dudley Road will remain open.

All motorists are urged to use extra caution while traveling Saturday as there will likely be heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic on all of the Rutgers New Brunswick campuses.

The Rutgers University Police Department has partnered with popular navigation app Waze as a Global Event Partner. Use Waze for real-time traffic and road closure information, and the most up-to-date route to or around an event. To get the app visit: https://www.waze.com/download

Final Exam Schedule

Monday, May 6th: Last Day of Classes

Tuesday, May 7th – Wednesday, May 8th: Reading Days

Thursday, May 8th – Wednesday, May 15th: Final Exam Period

Please be on the look out for extended library hours during finals time

Rutgers Libraries Schedule

Week 14 Ballet & Technique Schedule

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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.

Fall 2019 Pre-Registration Has Begun—Undergraduate Students

Registration for the Fall 2019 term has begun for Rutgers–New Brunswick undergraduate students and continues through Friday, April 19. Registration is by degree credits already earned. The last day to withdraw from the university for spring 2019 is April 22. Please email studenthelp@registrar.edu for additional information, or learn more 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

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Session 1 term bill is due May 1st. Last day for a late payment is May 24th

Session 2 term bill is due on May 29th. Last day for a late payment is June 21st

Session 3 term bill is due on June 12th. Last day for a late payment is July 5th

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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.

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.

Volunteers Needed for University Commencement—All Students

The Office of the Secretary is seeking students to volunteer as Commencement Ambassadors for Rutgers University’s 253rd Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family members may also volunteer. All Ambassadors receive event training, a Commencement T-shirt, a branded Rutgers duffle bag as a thank-you gift, a breakfast buffet before Commencement, snacks, entry into a volunteer raffle, and the satisfaction of making the day even better for Rutgers’ newest alumni. A few hours of volunteering helps make this event a special experience for the Rutgers Class of 2019. Learn more and register here.

Commencement Speakers

Super Bowl champions and Rutgers alumni Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots will deliver the 253rd commencement address to Rutgers-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences graduates on May 19. They will also receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees in recognition of their commitment to community service and philanthropy.

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

Commencement Speaker – Rachel Roman!

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).

Employment Opportunities

Premiere Dance

Premiere Dance is looking for a passionate teacher to complete the amazing faculty at for the 2019-2020 year.
Premiere Dance, located in Hillsborough NJ. is about 30 minuets from the Rutgers campus. Premiere Dance is well established dance school in central New Jersey, and has been in business teaching dance to children for over 35 years with both recreational (performance) classes and competitive (company) classes.
The ideal teaching candidate should be skilled, enthusiastic, and love teaching to children.
They have classes available on Saturday mornings, and may have additional classes available during the week.
Please visit http://www.Premieredancenj.com for more information. Click on the ‘About Us’ tab then select the ’employment’ tab from the drop down if you are interested in being a part of the excited and talented faculty at Premiere Dance.


Founded in 1920, Camp Wicosuta is a traditional four-week sleep away camp for girls in Hebron, New Hampshire. As the Dance & Fitness Activity Head, you will be responsible for all aspects of our Dance & Fitness program for our campers aged 7-15. Supervising a staff of eight you will oversee our dance curriculum for campers with a wide range of abilities.
Apply Online: https://www.campwicosuta.com/staff/
Staff Video: https://vimeo.com/311464514

Grace Kelly Studio

Grace Kelly Studio is in search for a new part-time dance instructor to be hired for our 2019-2020 year.

If you are interested please submit your resume, and cover letter to gracekellystudio@gmail.com

707 Union Avenue; Brielle, NJ 08730 (732)-233-8966


Summer 2019 Opportunities

Movement Exchange: International Dance Opportunity

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Movement Exchange unites dance and service. We are a growing community of dance diplomats—movers and shakers, activists and global citizens, dreamers and achievers, teachers and learners, volunteers and friends. We believe that when we move the world, we move to change.


Movement Exchange unites dance and service through its network of university chapters, international dance exchanges, and year-round programs in underserved communities.


We envision a world in which:
• Dance education is accessible to all
• Dance is synonymous to service
• Dance enables all to achieve their optimal mental, social, and physical well-being


• Cross-cultural understanding
• Civic engagement
• Social equality and inclusion
• Creative expression
• Sustainable dance education

Interested in starting a chapter here at Mason Gross, visit Movement Exchange – Become A Dance Diplomat


Summer Vinyasa Teacher Training

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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.

Summer MAT Teacher Training Program

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To click here to apply

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

Announcements & Shout-outs

Nimbus DanceWorks

Nimbus Dance Works April 2019

Nimbus is performing at BAM Fisher April 26-28th. It is going to be a spectacular program filled with 2 world premieres by Artistic Director Samuel Pott accompanied by Grammy-nominated musician Tim Eriksen, and by Philadanco alum, Dawn Marie Bazemore. Nimbus also revisits Dew Point 68 (Darshan Singh Bhuller) and The Glare From These Horizons (Pott).

To purchase tickets, visit: Nimbus @BAM

Also, congratulations to Anitra Keegan, BFA in Dance Alumna for her new position as the Assistant Marketing Director for Nimbus!

Kinections DanceGroup


Kinections DanceGroup is a pre-professional, Contemporary Dance training program for intermediate to advanced dancers ages 13-20, performing throughout the season at various venues in NYC.

They have presented works at Peridance Spring Choreographers Showcase, NYC Dance & Music Festival, Kat Wildish Showcase, & the Artists in Flight Showcase at the TADA! Theater.
We would like to cordially invite you as our guest to our Spring Showcase where we will be presenting choreographed works by Yuki Fukui, Marissa Jean & Emily Schoen!
Details of Event
Sunday, May 19th 3:30-4:30pm
The Mark O’Donnell Theater at the Actors Fund Center
160 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201.

A Chorus Line Casting 

A Chorus Line is performing down at the Algonquin theatre in Manasquan and they are still looking for some specific types for these three roles:

Connie Wong ; small Asian triple threat

Richie : strong black triple threat

Mike : masculine triple threat. Must be excellent tapper

If you know are interested  – please email: ACLALGONQUINCASTING@GMAIL.COM

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