Final Summer Message Before Classes!!

palissimo-company-04[1864]Palissimo Company at NBPAC, September 13 & 14, 7:30PM

The inaugural season of the Mason Gross Dance Department at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center kicks off with Palissimo Company’s Custodians of Beauty.

An evening-length work that examines beauty and its intrinsic relationship with art through minimalist movement, sensuous abstraction, and potent stage imagery. Created by Bessie and Guggenheim award-winning artist Pavel Zuštiak, founder and artistic
director of Palissimo Company.

This performance will be the first BFA required performance. Ticket sign up and distribution will be announced very soon.

Fellow students, dance artists and guests, to purchase a ticket, use this link.

Speaking of NBPAC…

NBPAC.jpgCongratulations to our students, Seniors –  Nina Guevara, Kristina Kong, Sawyer Newsome,  & Amelia Sagrabb and Junior- Jose Lapaz Rodriquez!

They will be performing Heaven on One’s Head at the gala opening on Wednesday, September 4th!  Choreographed by Pam Tanowitz, this piece premiered at the Joyce Theater, New York City, February 2014.

All Students Complete the Student Information Form 

Student Hanbook QR Code-FA 2019

Information in this form is used in 3 ways:

  1. Performance program biographical information
  2. University reporting purposes
  3. Receive and sign for your 2019-2020 Student Handbook



Here are a few very important items to complete prior to the first day of classes

Juniors and Seniors – HAND IN your 2 page medical form by Tuesday, September 3rd, 8:00am to Syde in the front office. 

Didn’t get the form? Check your e-mail (spam too), for a message from Elaine titled, “Action Required: Updated Medical Health Form due Tuesday, 9/3”

If your form is NOT received by Tuesday, September 3 at 8:00am, you will not be cleared to dance.

HAND IN your 2 page medical form in time to pick up your Ballet & Technique placement numbers. Numbers will be available at 7:30AM.

Ballet placements? Yup, ballet placements; if you are registered for Ballet 4 or 6, you will be participating in placement classes similar to Technique. Students will be registered for Ballet 4 or Ballet 6, but placement will be in A, B, C, or D.

Ballet placements occur for THREE DAYS, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sept. 3-5.

  • Similar to Technique, Ballet placement classes will be posted outside of studio 110. Consult the bulletin board to see which studio you are assigned to during placements.
  • Ballet placements will be posted by 5pm on Thursday,  Sept. 5.
  • The first day of ballet class with your assigned placement will be Monday, Sept. 9.

Technique placements occur for TWO DAYS, Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 3-4.  

  • Placement classes will be posted outside of studio 110. Consult the bulletin board to see which studio you are assigned to during placements.
  • Technique placements will be posted by 5pm on Wednesday, Sept. 4
  • The first day of Technique class with your assigned placement will be Thursday, Sept. 5.


Complete the Senior Salon Survey

Take advantage of your last year to prepare for specific career trajectories! Senior Salon open to BFA & BA Seniors and conducted by Julia M. Ritter. Workshop is on October 1 from 8:30AM-11:30AM.

Share your ideas on what you would like to see discussed at the Senior Salon.

Click here to take our brief survey! The survey will close on September 16.

Complete the NDEO Survey

The NDEO Rutgers Student Officers want to know if you would be interested in teaching & taking class! The idea is to begin a program once a month on Sundays for teaching opportunities. The purpose of this program is for students to teach different genres of dance and somatic practices to gain confidence as a teacher and gain feedback from peers. This benefits other students who are then able to take a different genre of dance or restorative practice for themselves. Of course, this could not happen without YOU! Complete the survey below to let us know what works best for you!

NDEO Survey for Teaching Opportunities


Block off dates for the fall Pilates Reformer classes at the Soma Center

BFA, BA majors and Dance minors, EdM & MFA grad. students 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 Mondays and Tuesdays 4-7 pm and begin on Monday, September 9th. The sign-up sheet for the first half of the Fall 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 with improved strength, core stability, alignment and flexibility, so please take advantage of this opportunity if your schedule permits. Weekly classes are also a great preparation for the Mason Gross Polestar Pilates Reformer Teacher Training on Saturdays in Spring 2020.

Set up Mason Gross Dance’s TeamUp Calendar


Performances and events, production dates & times, class locations, dance assemblies, choreo showings, etc. etc. You are able to access the student calendar from any mobile device by installing the app on your phone and using this link to connect to the Student TeamUp Calendar. Note: This calendar will be your main source of information for the Dance Dept.

Come prepared with your course schedule questions.

Preview the Fall 2019 Academic Calendar for a full list of University dates/deadlines.

  • Tuesday, September 10-LAST DAY to DROP courses without a “W” grade
  • Wednesday, September 11-LAST DAY to ADD courses

Please make an appointment with Elaine with any questions regarding your schedule.


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