Weekly Newsletter: October 7th-11th

NBPAC Fall 2019 Events

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


LOOK HERE FOR Ballet and Technique Class Locations


Let your voice be heard! Attend the Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, October 8th at 10am. (Attendance optional)



  • Ballet as scheduled
  • Technique cancelled

MGSA Dance Arts Day

Attention BFA  Dance Students: We will hosting prospective high school students and their parents for Dance Arts Day on Thursday, 10/10 and they will be observing Ballet and Technique class.
A few professional reminders:
  1. Please leave all belongings (bags, coats, etc) in the locker rooms
  2. Please be on time for class
  3. Please remember our dress code
  4. Please use professional language and demonstrate a level of professional behavior in the locker rooms, studios, and hallways.
Thank you for helping us welcome our visitors!

Continuing Student Scholarship

Students of Mason Gross,

Each year the Mason Gross School of the Arts has a very limited/small amount of scholarship funds available to distribute to continuing students.  To make the process of awarding of these funds fair and accessible to all students the New Scholarship Application for continuing students was created.

The Mason Gross continuing student application for NEW scholarship is now available online HERE: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3gdDe47YffsRqyF



1.       We have moved this application to a completely online format.  No paper applications will be accepted.

2.       Faculty recommendation letters will no longer be requested or accepted.  You may choose to include the name and contact information of a faculty member as a reference you would like us to contact.

3.       Please attach all required documents, including your most recent financial aid award letter found online here: https://finservices.rutgers.edu/faaward/letter/awardLogin.htm


Students who wish to be considered for NEW scholarship money in ADDITION to any awards or loans they are already receiving.



Students wishing to renew a scholarship they are already getting.  If your original award letter indicated your scholarship was renewable you do not need to fill out an application to renew your award.  Those scholarships will automatically be renewed therefore no action is required.




Please note:

·         We receive far more applications than we have money to award.

·         Submitting an application will NOT guarantee you receive an award, only that you will be considered to receive some of the very limited funds that we have.

·         Only students who receive an award will receive a response.

·         Notification and assignment of awards will happen on a rolling basis until July 30th.  All applications for regular consideration must be received no later than June 1.

·         Scholarship funds are distributed on a first come/first served basis. The later you turn in your application the less money will be left for us to distribute.

Please contact advisement@mgsa.rutgers.edu if you have any questions.



Parent and Family Weekend 2019 

Rutgers Family Weekend

Welcome to Parent and Family Weekend 2019 at Rutgers University—New Brunswick. We are very excited that you and your family will be spending time on campus with us! Please be sure to check this page often for updates and additions to events advertised.

Please note you will have to register your vehicle each day if you are parking on campus. More information regarding registering your vehicle can be found under “Parking and Hotels” below.

Many events offered do not require a reservation or the purchase of tickets, but please note that space is limited for some events. Events that require tickets (including Tailgate, Football Game, Family Feud) are marked appropriately throughout the schedule.

Share your experiences and memories using the hashtag #RUPFW throughout the weekend.

If you have any questions related to advertised events, please contact ruparents@echo.rutgers.edu. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Important Drop/Add Registration Dates:

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


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.

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

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!


Events Happening on Campus

The Yard on College Avenue Fall Tour 2019 offers so much to do this month including: Salsa Night October 3; Fall Festival October 16; Halloween Family Movie Night October 27; as well as Zumba every Tuesday night; Movie Knight every Wednesday night; and morning yoga on Sundays.

Observe the night sky through a 20-inch optical telescope at the Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory on Rutgers’ Busch Campus on select Thursdays of every month, weather permitting. This month’s dates are October 10, 17, 24.

Calling all super heroes, dust off your cape and register for the DC Wonder Woman College Run 5K on the Rutgers’ Livingston Campus October 11.

Enjoy an afternoon of traditional food, craft brews, music, games, activities, and more at New Brunswick Oktoberfest October 12 on George Street! Get into the spirit by wearing your best dirndl or lederhosen. The fun continues with a musical line-up that features a broad mix, including traditional German music!

Rutgers 12th Annual Homecoming Charity Bed Races return October 17. Watch teams of students race down Sicard Street (behind the College Avenue Student Center) for a great cause!

Dixon Place

Dixon Place

Pentacle Presents: Fall Further VIII Featuring works by Claire Porter, CoreDance Contemporary, DUNYC/Dancers Unlimited, Rachel Thorne Germond Performance Collage,Wellbeing Dance.


The evening includes the work of five female-led dance companies, presenting a bit of everything for the stage—character narratives, multi-disciplinary studies, personal ancestral tributes—and more.


General Admission
$15 in advance
$18 at the door


Estimated Runtime
120 minutes

To purchase tickets, visit: Dixon Place Hosts – Pentacle Presents

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


What’s Trending on Campus

Check out the first episode of a new Rutgers-New Brunswick video series highlighting lesser-known spots around campus.

Monica Bill Barnes: Days Go By


Come see Jordan Lloyd perform with the Monica Bill Barnes & Company this weekend at the Arts Brookfield.


Monica Bill Barnes & Company, “the most imaginative dance company I have ever experienced” (Vice), brings attention to the otherwise lost moments that add up into our days with their new show, Days Go By. Commissioned by Arts Brookfield, the world -premiere of this large-scale, site-specific performance is set amongst the bustle of the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, inviting the audience to take a closer look at the heartwarming, painstaking, heroic events happening to and around us each and every day. Audience members will receive a pair of headphones to tune into a narration that explores the depths of our ideals, the hilarious heartbreaks, and the disregarded moments that add up into a day. Performers embedded throughout the space transform the surroundings into a symphony of movement and interactions. Set to a soundtrack of forgotten tracks and one hit wonders, Days Go By blurs reality with the theatrical and places big-hearted dancing alongside the everyday comings and goings of life in a city.

Days Go By is a FREE performance. Seating on the stairs of the Winter Garden is first-come, first-served. We encourage you to arrive at 6:30pm to get a great spot & pick up your headphones. Please enter at 230 Vesey Street and walk until you see the palm trees and the big marble staircase. Days Go By check-in is located at the top of the staircase.

Concrete Jungle_Dan Siegler

Concrète Jungle is a conversation between New York past and New York present, about New York’s future.

Concrète Jungle is a work of sound art performed live by composer Dan Siegler and special guests. The piece is inspired by and takes its title from musique concrète, an electroacoustic genre in which readymade sounds are employed in place of instrumentation. Featuring hundreds of intricately edited New York voices, Concrète Jungle highlights borough-specific accents, linguistic filler and word repetitions to form assembled sentences and musical grooves.

Dates + Times
Thursday, October 17, 7:30pm
Friday, October 18, 7:30pm

$15 Suggested Donation

The Main Gallery
51 Bergen St.

Guest Soloists
October 17
Pauline Kim Harris
Pam Tanowitz
Greg Chudzik
Christina Campanella

October 18
Tomoko Omura
Netta Yerushalmy
Greg Chudzik
Christina Campanella

Rowan Papier Debuts ‘Telfar x The Same Beat’ Project

Rowan Papier Debuts ft Jose Lapaz Rodriguez

Congratulations to BFA junior, Jose Lapaz-Rodriguez for being featured in the Telfar X The Same Boat Project!

For his Spring 2020 debut in Paris (and the screening he held during NYFW), Telfar Clemens showed a series of clips that served as backdrops to his runway show. Prior to fashion week, the brand fielded submissions from people who were interested in collaborating with Telfar by creating their own independent videos while incorporating clothes from the spring collection. While not everyone made the final cut, a few of the creatives who submitted a short film for Telfar catch our eye.

One of them is Rowan Papier, who approached this project through the theme of gender and sexual identity, being that the collection is entirely unisex. The mini-doc features four young New Yorkers, all of whom are also dancers. Papier says that this is video is is meant to show the future of gender, and that each subject isn’t defined by how they identify, but instead by their talents and what they want to contribute to the world.


Check out the 5-minute film at: Telfar X The Same Beat.


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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