Weekly Newsletter: September 9th-13th


CONGRATULATIONS to these beautiful dancers who can now say they were the first dancers to ever perform on the NBPAC stage!

This Week: Important Messages, Schedules, Reminders, Student Opportunities, Health & Wellness, Alumni Updates, and Announcements

Important Messages

LOOK HERE FOR Ballet and Technique Class Locations. 

COMPLETE THE Student Information Form 


Information in this form is used in 3 ways:

  1. Your program bio.
  2. University reporting purposes
  3. Receive and sign for your 2019-2020 Student Handbook
You will not have an opportunity to submit your student bio. for programs after the deadline.


First-year DAFT Testing will take place on Thursday, September 12th from 9:45am – 11:30am



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.

ATTENTION BFA STUDENTS: You can pick up your ticket in Syde’s office (room 032) on Wednesday, September 11th during the lunch hour (11:30am – 12:30pm)

BFA Dancer attendance is required at this event. Attendance is taken at the theater.

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


How to set up notifications in Canvas

Instructors will be e-mailing you through CANVAS. Important announcements are e-mailed through CANVAS.
SET up notifications to receive alerts so you don’t miss important announcements. Use this QR code to bring up the instructions.
Student Hanbook QR Code-FA 2019

Congratulations to our Undergraduate Coordinator, Elaine Chu, for her membership into the Rutgers Cultivating Inclusion and Transformational Excellence Learning Communities Program!


QR Code for Student TeamUp Calendar

DO NOW – View/Download Placement Schedules


Fall 2019 Rotation Schedule


Dance Student TeamUp Calendar


Important Drop/Add Registration Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 3rd-11th: ADD/DROP period 8th
  • Tuesday, September 10: LAST DAY TO DROP without “W” grade
  • Wednesday, September 11th: LAST DAY TO ADD courses
    • Withdrawal/Refund Procedure for ALL Students
  • Wednesday September 11th – Monday, October 28th: Drop Period WITH a “W”
  • Monday, September 16th: Last day to withdraw completely and receive a 100% refund. 


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


ConcussionWise Online Training – DUE 11/30 for Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

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.


If you would like to be featured on our social media accounts, please send an email to sorange@mgsa.rutgers.edu with the following information

  1. First & last name
  2. Major(s) and minor(s)
  3. Reason why you wanted to major/minor in dance
  4. Fun fact
  5. A picture – it can be Rutgers, dance, and/or major related

Student Opportunities

How To Get Student Funding From MGSGA

Mason Gross Student Government Association provides student funding for independent projects, travel payments, and food. They can’t cover tuition for intensives or conferences but provide funding to get you there. You have to email mgstudentgov@gmail.com with a proposal with what you are doing and how much money you need. You will attend a student government meeting, typically held in Mortensen at 6pm on Sundays, to present your funding proposal. Once approved, the treasurer will email you the following steps on how to be reimbursed.
If you have any questions reach out to Gillian Popino (Vice President of External Affairs and BFA Senior) at gilliananne16@gmail.com. We hope you take advantage of student funding!


Rutgers Learning Center

Fall 2019 Academic Success Series

Academic Success Series:

These workshops will run on Wednesdays from 5-6pm from 9/11-10/16. Workshops include Plan Your Success, Read to Succeed, Focus Concentrate Stay Motivated, Metacognition, Less Stress More Success, and Take Tests at Your Best. https://rlc.rutgers.edu/success-f19

Also, please feel free to register for a 1-on-1 academic coaching or writing coaching appointment at any time: https://webapps.rutgers.edu/student-rlc/Appt/Student

Rutgers Career & Internship MEGA Fair

RU Fall 2019 Career Fair Cover

Join us at one of the largest and most diverse recruiting opportunities in the nation. Our first THREE DAY fair! An anticipated group of nearly 300 employers (different employers each day) will be available to network with candidates to discuss full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities from a wide variety of fields. This event is only open to Rutgers University (New Brunswick, Camden, Newark, and RBHS) students and alumni from all academic disciplines.


Monday, September 9, 2019 – Wednesday, September 11, 2019
11am – 3:30pm

  • Day 1 (Monday) – Employers Recruiting for ONLY Technical Positions
  • Day 2 (Tuesday) – Employers Recruiting for ONLY Technical Positions AND Employers Recruiting for BOTH Technical/Non-Technical Positions
  • Day 3 (Wednesday) – Employers Recruiting for BOTH Technical/Non-Technical Positions AND Employers Recruiting for ONLY Non-Technical Positions


Louis Brown Athletic Center/Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC)
83 Rockafeller Rd Piscataway, NJ 08854


Methods in Dance/Movement Therapy I

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Learn the principles of dance therapy through movement experience.

This course includes lectures, discussion, movement improvisation, individual and group movement experiences of dance therapy methods and structures, and leadership experiences.

$550 until Sep 19 / $575 after: Click here to register

This course is fully approved by the ADTA for Alternate Route credit for R-DMT and eligible for CE hours. For further information about the ADTA, visit www.adta.org.

Health & Wellness

Rutgers Counseling, ADAP, & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Fall 2019 CAPS Flyer

Rutgers Counseling Centers:

CAPS Cook Douglass Office:
61 Nichol Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30am–4:30pm
Wednesday: 10:00am–5:00pm
CAPS Main Office:
17 Senior Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30am–4:30pm
Wednesday: 10:00am–5:00pm

Students may also reach out to the following resources for support:

  • NJ Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735
  • Crisis Text Line: Text KNIGHTS to 741741 (anytime 24/7), Text STEVE for unmet mental health needs of students of color.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

How to make an appointment with Hollie

  1. Go to NB Student Health Portal
  2. Use your Net ID and password to log in. Your screen should look like this: NB Student Health Portal.PNG3. To schedule an appointment with Hollie, click on Messages (its the 6th icon between Required Forms and Education):NB Student Health Portal Messages
  3.  Next, click on Compose New:NB Student Health Portal Compose New
  4. Then in the drop down, scroll until you see Hollie Palmisano AT and select it. Next you can put the subject of your message in the subject area and type your message to Hollie in the message area. When finished click submit. NB Student Health Portal Hollie.PNG


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.

Alumni Updates

Full-time Dance Teacher Positions - May 2019 Graduates

Good luck to our 2nd-Year EdMs who will be doing full-time student teaching during the Fall 2019 semester:

  • Imani Munford: Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ
  • Jordan Pratko: Bayonne High School, Bayonne, NJ
  • Julia Shicatano: Middlesex County Vocational & Technical High School, East Brunswick, NJ
  • Rachel Stanislawczyk: Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy, Elizabeth, NJ
  • Patricia Statkiewicz: Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, NJ
  • Kerry Zak: Union County Vocational Technical Schools, Scotch Plains, NJ


Congratulations to recent BFA Alum, Samantha Lewis (MGSA 2019), for being accepting a trainee position with TU Dance based in Saint, Paul, Minnesota!


Congratulations to  Dance Alumni David Parker, who is a new resident of the McKittrick.




For announcements, please send them to sorange@mgsa.rutgers.edu


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