Weekly Newsletter: September 16th-20th

Jessica Featherson (1)

Jessica presented her MFA Thesis, “Black Female Identity: An Embodied Practice of Inquiry, Affirmation, Healing, and Magic Making”, to her Thesis Committee (Ani Javian: Chair; Katrina Hazzard-Gordon, First Reader), Dance Faculty & Staff and MFA colleagues on September 12th.

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

Important Messages

Master of Fine Arts in Dance Student

Elizabeth Malone

Will present her MFA prospectus



September 16, 2019

2:15 PM

Hickman Hall-122

All are welcome to attend!

LOOK HERE FOR Ballet and Technique Class Locations


Please make sure that your studio space is locked, with lights out and windows closed, when you leave. In addition, do not let anyone who is not scheduled for space into your studio. These practices provide security for our students, our spaces and our equipment. So far, Loree has been found open twice.

Film Spotlights Rutgers Dance Class That Empowers People Living With Parkinson’s

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The Dance & Parkinson’s program at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, however, uses music and movement to empower them. And a new film from the school’s Documentary Film Lab captures just how moving, and joyful, that process can be.

“Sometimes the class is hard to get started, the folks schmooze so much,” jokes Jeff Friedman, director of the school’s MFA dance program. “That’s something I hadn’t expected – the social connections this class creates. One man told me, ‘This is the only thing I come out of the house to do.’”

To read the entire article and to watch the film visit: Rutgers Today



Important Drop/Add Registration Dates:

  • Wednesday September 11th – Monday, October 28th: Drop Period WITH a “W”
  • Monday, September 16th: Last day to withdraw completely and receive a 100% refund. 

Save the Dates: MFA Concerts 

MFA Auditions Announcement

We-Want-FeedbackComplete 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.

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

Student Opportunities

New Brunswick Community Arts Council

FINAL Arts and Connect flyer

DanceNJ at Mason Gross Dance

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First Look is combined auditions and a job fair for the dance community. What began as an opportunity for dancers to participate in one audition for major dance companies throughout the state, has since expanded to also include a job fair for studios seeking teachers and venues searching for technical help. First Look is held annually and is free to Dance New Jersey members.


  • Roxey Ballet is seeking a dancer for the upcoming performing season, interns, and possible Dance to Learn teachers.

  • The Redef Movement is observing, interacting, & possibly recruiting new dancers for the company.

  • Nimbus Dance Company seeks male and female company, company apprentice, and Nimbus2 dancers for the 2019-20 season. (BFA Alum Aanyse Pettiford-Chandler (2019) currently performs for Nimbus)

  • mignolo dance is seeking interns and dancers to join the company. (BFA Alum Karolina Holmstrom (2019) performs for mignolo and sisters Charly (2017) and Eriel (2019) Dance Minor are co-directors)

  • Jessica Totaro is seeking dancers who would be willing to participate and collaborate with Movement Arts Project for upcoming performances this season, specifically in February.

For more information, visit: DanceNJ – First Look

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.

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


Immersion On Dancing Around Race

Dancing Around Race

In January of 2020, Dancing Around Race will take place at the University of Utah with a special focus on whiteness in higher education. Gerald Casel, Rebecca Chaleff, Tria Blu Wakpa, and Faculty member, Kimani Fowlin, will lead discussions that highlight how systemic racism shows up in higher education, and how capitalism, patriarchy, white supremacy, and settler colonialism restrict the possibility of shifting power dynamics.
For more information on how to attend this conference, visit the website below: Dance Studies Association

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)


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


Congratulations to BFA in Dance Alum, Oluwadamilare “Dare” Ayorinde (2016) for being Dance On The Lawn’s 2019 Emerging New Jersey Commissioned Choreographer!

“I participated in the past with Kyle Marshall Choreography as a dancer and can attest to how Dance On The Lawn gave a sense of community and mentorship that wove its way into the dance itself. I am excited to deepen relationships as I present new work in New Jersey. I am grateful for the support to continue my creative research from a place that values dance, community, joy and how they intersect. In spaces like this you can release into the push and pleasure of your work.”



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

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