Weekly Newsletter: October 14th-18th


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


GOETZ Studio

On Friday morning, all the lights in Goetz were found on.

To turn the lights off, press the down arrow under the off button until the lights go out completely. I have someone trying to work on the programming of those controls to get the off button working, but for now press and hold the down arrow until the lights go off.

Lunch and Learn

Screen Shot 2019-10-10 at 10.21.30 AMAre you confused and stressed about registering for Spring 2020 classes? Don’t know what degree navigator is and how to use it? Bring your lunch and your laptop to Studio 111 on Thursday, 10/24 at 11:30am and get your questions answered!

Important Information for Spring 2020 Registration: Juniors and Seniors

Registration for Dance History Online World for Spring 2020 is restricted to Junior BFA students who are either EDM Tracking or Studying Abroad.
If you do not fall into either category, the expectation is that students will take the F2F Dance History World course.
However, you may petition to the faculty and provide a strong written argument on why it is necessary for you to take the online Dance History course. Please submit your petition to echu@mgsa.rutgers.edu by 10/31/19.
Petitions and SPNs will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis if approved by the dance department faculty.
Petitions sent after 10/31 will not be accepted or considered.

Save the Dates!

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The CWAH Dance & Philosophy lecture will take place on Tuesday, November 5th at 10am in Studio 110. All technique classes will be cancelled and the lecture is MANDATORY FOR ALL BFA STUDENTS. BA and Dance Minor students are encouraged to attend.

Sondra Horton Fraleigh is professor emeritus of dance and somatic studies at The College of Brockport, State University of New York, and the author of numerous books. A reception and book signing of Back to the Dance Itself: Phenomenologies of the Body in Performance, will follow.



LOOK HERE FOR Ballet and Technique Class Locations




Fall 2019 Rotation Schedule



Important Drop/Add Registration Dates:

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

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


It has come to staff attention that students are interupting scheduled evening classes in order to start their rehearsal early. Students should not be interupting class. You are to wait until the class has ended before starting your rehearsal

Richard Carlson – Let’s Talk Hours

Mason Gross School of the Arts

Mondays, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Rehearsal Hall
85 George Street (at Route 18), RH 011, Douglass Campus
It is near the covered bridge, in the basement.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Richard Carlson

Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Visual Arts Building*
33 Livingston Ave
Office is in the Gallery: 2nd right and to the back
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Richard Carlson
*Building is in Downtown New Brunswick

Message from Ashton Waldron

I, Ashton Waldron, would like to have a diverse cast for my second screendance for my thesis. The theme is diversity and I want to be able to showcase that through various skin colors, ethnicities, body shapes, and gender. Having a variety of dancers will help the theme resonate more. The screendance will  contain close up shots of the human body and how it moves by cutting across to different diverse cast members. Then it will slowly zoom out till there is a group of dancers dancing together and possibly ending it by showing different people’s faces. I want to focus on bare skin but there will be no nudity. Once the shots have zoomed out, dancers will be wearing skin colored bralettes and underwear. If you’re interested at all, please let me know because we could work something out that you don’t have to be in the whole screendance.
Rehearsals are Monday’s 5:35-7:15pm Corwin and Tuesday’s 7:15 – 8:35pm Studio 112

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.

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 toreach out their staffor sign up for an upcoming onlineinformation 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: 

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

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!


Rutgers Homecoming 2019

red_homecoming-2014Be a part of the Rutgers Homecoming tradition and at these can’t miss events celebrating our Scarlet Knight spirit and pride!

  • Homecoming Bed Races Decorating: Wednesday, October 16th from 7pm-10pm
  • 12th Annual Homing Charity Bed Races: Thursday, October 17th starting at 9pm
  • Late Knight: Every Friday – October 2019 from 9pm-1am
  • Rutgers vs. Minnesota Footaball Game: Saturday, October 19th

Rutgers 2019 Homecoming Schedule

Events Happening on Campus

The Yard on College Avenue Fall Tour 2019 offers so much to do this month including: 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 17 & 24.

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


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


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This fall, SpringboardX: rebel instinct unites Springboard artists Ryan Mason, Andrea Miller and Yin Yue. The two-day workshop will conclude with an informal showing at Gibney’s Agnes Varis Theater of excerpts from work by the three artists, followed by a Q&A moderated by Troy Ogilvie. The showing is free to rebel instinct participants! 


Ballet Hispanico Invites you to the Apollo


Join us Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at 8:00pm for Ballet Hispánico’s return to the Apollo Theater featuring a program of works that deconstruct stereotypes and delve into cultural identity. We have affordable ticketing options starting at $10 to provide students at Mason Gross School of the Arts an accessible opportunity to experience the powerful and dynamic works of three leading Latina voices in dance.

Purchase tickets hereFor groups of 8 or more, use promo code BHG19 for up to 20% off!


What’s Trending on Campus

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


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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