Welcome Class of 2023!

class of 2023

Countdown to

MGSA First-Year Orientation on

Friday, August 30

1 Week Away! 

Interested in buying MGSA sweatshirts, sweatpants & t-shirts? Bring cash to shop at the MGSA apparel sale during orientation! 

Meet BFA student Cassidy Rivas 


For the 2019-2020 school year, I am most excited about creating and cultivating work that draws in two genres of dance, modern & hip hop. Finding that blend & balance of movement on dancers is what I’m most excited about, in addition to auditioning for choreographers such as Benny Royce, who I had the opportunity to work with at Ballet Hispanico ChoreoLaB!” – Cassidy Rivas, BFA Junior and Transfer Student


Your photo will be posted so we can introduce you to Mason Gross Dance!

The headshot you used for your audition will be used. If you would like a different picture – submit a photo with your face clearly visible by August 29.

All photos must be submitted no later than midnight on Thursday, August 29 to our amazing Syde Orange . Please title your e-mail, “Photo for first year intro.”


ConcussionWise Online Training –Complete by September 2

The following link is for the ConcussionWise online training program that has been specially designed for Mason Gross Dance BFAs: http://masongross.sportsafety.org

If you encounter any technical issues, please email Licensed Athletic Trainer, Hollie Palmisano at hollie.palmisano@rutgers.edu 

Each academic year, all Dance BFA majors must complete ConcussionWise training. ConcussionWise is designed to heighten student awareness of concussion symptoms to ensure timely medical care is received should they occur–so it is vitally important to maintain this awareness.

You have been automatically registered for the online course Concussion Awareness (07:206:101). This course will appear on your official transcript. This course is E credited, which means no credit is earned towards degree completion and no grade is computed in students’ grade point average. However, showing successful completion of specialized concussion-awareness training on your transcript will benefit you in applying for dance-related employment.

As per departmental policy, failure to complete mandated departmental trainings such as ConcussionWise can result in artistic probation. A grade of “F” will also appear on your transcript for the Concussion Awareness E-credit course, if training is not completed by the deadline.

Your First Week at Mason Gross

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We will be going over your first week during orientation!

Check the MyRutgers Portal for your Class Schedule as classroom locations may change.

A reminder to pack a lock for your locker!

Complete the student Information form 

The information in this form is used in 2 ways:
1. Performance program biographical information
2. University reporting purposes

Form is due by MIDNIGHT on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11. You will not have an opportunity to submit your student bio. for programs after this date.

New Student Social at Bettenbender Plaza September 4 at 8:30pm 

There will be ice cream! This event is to get to know your mentor, and talk with other first year students within the Dance, Arts & Design, Music & Theater departments. 


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…

Congratulations to our students who will be performing Heaven on One’s Head at the gala opening on Wednesday, September 4th! 

  • Sawyer Newsome
  • Nina Guevara
  • Kristina Kong
  • Jose Lapaz Rodriquez
  • Amelia Sagrabb

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


Fall Pilates Reformer classes at the Soma Center

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 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.

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.

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

First-Year students will be able to make adjustments to their schedules starting on the first day of class. CHANGES TO CORE DANCE CURRICULUM COURSES are NOT PERMITTED. Please consult Elaine with any questions regarding your schedule.

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

Make Sure You Have Clearance to Dance

All First-Year student dancers must be cleared to dance by the Rutgers Student Health sports medicine physician. No exceptions. If you haven’t done so already, submit pre-participation medical forms via FAX.

Forms MUST be FAXED to:
Fax Number: 732-932-8255
Subject: MGSA 2019 Dance Pre-Participation Forms
Attention: Rose Bartley, Asst. Dir Health Information & Patient

Participate in the Scarlet Knight Challenge 

The Palissimo Company event at NBPAC counts as the Knight Call Value for Authentic!


Participate in Welcome Week!


Don’t miss the Involvement Fair on Monday, September 2 from 3PM – 6PM on College Ave!

More than 800 tables along College Avenue help students connect with representatives from student organizations, fraternities and sororities, sport clubs, chaplaincies, and numerous departments to learn about the opportunities for involvement, membership and leadership.  Use the Involvement Fair map programs.rutgers.edu/fall-involvement-fair/ to help you plan your day!

Click here for a full list of Welcome Week Events 

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