Weekly Newsletter – September 23rd-27th

Best of Luck to our BFA_EdM 1st years on starting their clinical phase!

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


LOOK HERE FOR Ballet and Technique Class Locations

Message from Julia Ritter

Dear Students:
Please Note Revisions to the DancePlus Fall 2019 Schedule to ensure performance equity.
Program Orders are TBD and will be announced at a later date.
November 21              7:30pm
November 23              2:00pm
  1.  Dawn Marie Bazemore
  2.  John Evans
  3.  Pam Tanowitz Cast #1
  4.  Bennyroyce Royon #1
  5.  Shannon Gillen
November 22              7:30pm
November 23              7:30pm
  1.  Ani Javian
  2.  Jordon Lloyd
  3.  Pavel Zustiak
  4.  Pam Tanowitz #2
  5.  Bennyroyce Royon #2


Casting Call for MFA works

MFA Auditions Announcement


The blue ice packs are to not leave the Soma Center! If you need an instant ice pack, please go to Syde’s office!



Important Drop/Add Registration Dates:

  • Wednesday September 11th – Monday, October 28th: Drop Period WITH a “W”


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Please fill out registration by September 25th


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


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.

Senior Salon 

Take advantage of your last year to prepare for specific career trajectories!

Senior Salon IS REQUIRED FOR BFA SENIORS & open to BA Seniors. The workshop is on October 1 from 9:45AM-11:30AM in Studio 110, and will be conducted by Julia M. Ritter.

BFA and BA Seniors who are enrolled in ballet should attend their ballet classes. Attendance will be taken at the workshop, and an absence for the Senior Salon will count as a technique absence.

Coffee and Bagels will be served.

Winter Session 2020

Registration will open on Monday, October 7. You may want to view this winter’s schedule of classes to begin planning.
Winter 2020 Dates:
  • December 23, 2019 – January 17, 2020 (3 or 4 credit courses)
  • January 2, 2020 -January 17, 2020 (1-2 credit courses)
If you would like to learn more about the Winter Session at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, please feel free to reach out their staff or sign up for an upcoming online information session.

Study Abroad Greece Fall 2019

You: I want to explore a new country, visit monumental sites, take cooking classes, learn about adopting a healthy lifestyle, work with non-profit organizations, and take part in nature sport activities!

How? Earn three credits over winter break, come join the Lifestyles of the Mediterranean Winter 2020 program!

All majors should check with their department for credit equivalency

When?   Jan 2-15, 2020

Where? Greece

Who can apply? Program open to Rutgers, Non-Rutgers, Undergraduate (sophomore and above) and Graduate students. Minimum GPA 2.5

Program Cost: $3,399*

Take a sneak peek into this course: 

Health & Wellness

Rutgers Counseling, ADAP, & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Mindfulness Mediatation Fall 2019

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.

Student Opportunities


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

The Anatomy of Choice

Alexandra Beller/Dances is offering their Laban, Bartenieff and Anatomy course in a new one week structure. Please email us with any questions- mollyabdances@gmail.com. Thank you!

The Anatomy of Choice

By focusing each class on Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Anatomy/Kinesiology, students will gain a 3-Dimensional awareness of the body in motion. Classes will start with one hour of movement practice based on deepening our somatic connections and re-patterning the body for greater efficiency. The course will equally utilize physical embodiment, deep analysis, and social contextualization.The workshop is geared towards teachers, bodyworkers, artists, healers, and movers who wish to expand their understanding of how, and why we move, and what meaning is derived from our choices.

This workshop counts as all three prerequisite Intro workshops required for entry into Laban Institute of Movement Studies Year-long and Modular programs. This includes Intro to LMA, Intro to BF and Intro to A/K.

For more information and how to enroll visit: Alexandra Beller/Dances

Alumni Updates

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Kennyth Montes de Oca (’18) will be performing the world premiere of “The Last Mayan King“, choreographed by Javier Dzul, on September 20th and 21st at the Morris Museum.

The Last Mayan King channels the ferocity and grandeur of Mayan culture and Dzul’s own trajectory. Despite the ravages of the conquistadores, Mayan culture never vanished and remains thrillingly alive onstage in Dzul’s work.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: Morris Museum – World Premiere of The Last Mayan King


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


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