Weekly Newsletter: October 28th – November 1st

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


Nicholas Hallway Painting

The Nicholas corridors will be painted starting today, Friday, October 25th.  The process should take approximately 7 business days.  The stairwell will be done either during Thanksgiving or winter break as it needs to be closed for several days for painting and curing.  During the painting the hallways will remain open but only half the width.  Please do not to congregate in the areas of work to allow foot traffic to flow.

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.

Polestar Pilates Reformer Training

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Apply Here: Spring 2020 Polester Pilates Reformer Teacher Training

 For More Information Contact: Frederick

Rutgers Chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts

Below, you will find detailed information on applying for Induction into the Rutgers National Honor Society for Dance Arts.  Induction is open to all graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Dance.  Please begin by reading the NHSDA Application Overview.  To complete the Point Tracking Spreadsheet, you will need to refer to the Collegiate National Point System document (which provides a guide for completing the Point Tracking Spreadsheet) and to your RU transcript.



The optimal time to apply for NHSDA is in the graduation year (apply for Induction in Fall; apply for Graduation with Honors in Spring).

Please note that the deadline for submitting the completed 45-point NHSDA Point Tracking Spreadsheet for Induction is midnight, Friday, Nov. 29th.  Completed spreadsheets should be emailed to Chapter Sponsor, Frederick Curry, at fcurry@mgsa.rutgers.edu.  Please contact Frederick with any questions.

NHSDA Timeline 2019-2020

Rutgers NHSDA Chapter Induction Dates

  • ✓ Application materials submitted to chapter sponsor, Frederick Curry, by Midnight Friday, Nov. 29th, 2019;
  • ✓ Induction ceremony as part of Dance Assembly on Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 2020

Rutgers NHSDA Chapter Graduation with Honors Dates

  • ✓ Application materials submitted to chapter sponsor, Frederick Curry, by Midnight Friday, March 20th, 2020;
  • ✓ Graduation with Honors recognition ceremony as part of EdM Portfolio Celebration, Monday, May 4th, 2020


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Fall 2019 Rotation Schedule



Important Drop/Add Registration 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.



Accademia dell’arte Summer 2020 Intensive

Accademia dell'arte
2020 Summer Dance Intensive
  • Program Dates: June 21 – July 18, 2020
  • Program Fee: $2950 (includes tuition, housing and 3 meals per day M-F)
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: December 1, 2019 ($100 off the Program Fee)*
  • No audition required. Only 14 places available and they’re filled first-come, first-served.
  • Course credit is available for an additional administrative fee.*
2020 Courses: Click a course title to see a description or a faculty name for their bio.
*Course credit is available for a small administrative fee. Terms apply for the Early Bird Discount. See website for details.

Injury Policies

Policies for Student Injuries

Chronic injury or illness: If a student is injured and/or sick for a prolonged number of days, faculty will not assess final grades based on absences as long as students maintain their focus and work ethic, make progress in the course when they return to full participation in class, and have total absences within the allowable limit for the course.

Injury During Class: If a student is injured during class, please follow this procedure:

·      Acute/Traumatic injury in class: please contact EMS immediately. If the injured student cannot move independently, please do not attempt to lift and/or move the student or allow anyone else to do so. In circumstances in which the student must be moved to prevent further harm, please secure the student’s consent before assisting them.

·      ANY and ALL head injuries require immediate EMS attention.

·      If injured during class, a student will not be marked as absent for the day.

Policy on Injury Modifications in Studio Classes

•      In order to be listed for injury modifications in studio classes, students MUST be examined by the RSH sports medicine physician at Rutgers Health Services–or submit relevant medical documentation to the dance instructor and the licensed athletic trainer if they are seen by an outside physician. After evaluating the student, the sports medicine physician or the outside provider will specify necessary injury modifications for students’ studio classes.

•      Students on injury modification MUST respond promptly to requests from the  RSH sports medicine physician or the licensed athletic trainer for follow-up appointments and/or updated medical documentation. Failure to respond promptly to such requests will be taken as an indication that the student is fully recovered from their injury. The student will then be removed from the injury modification list and expected to fully participate in studio classes.

Modified Dance Activity List 

Students who are on the modified activity list must visit the RSH Sports Medicine physician and follow up with the sports medicine physician or outside provider regularly to remain on modification list. If a student does not follow up as per the recommended schedule and requires continued modification, they must be re-evaluated by a clinician. 

Students who are on the injury/modification list for the semester must meet with the RSH Sports Medicine physician at the end semester or at the beginning of the next semester as needed to be cleared to dance. 

Contagious Illnesses

It is recommended that if a student has a fever, skin disorder such as impetigo, pink eye or any condition deemed by a medical provider as contagious or has chronic illness that prohibits them from dancing they should be excused from dance activity. They can return to dance when cleared by a medical provider.

Student Notification to Instructors Policy

Students are responsible for informing their instructors of medical and physical therapy appointments prior to missing class. Absences accrued due to lack of notification are the student’s responsibility. 

Clarification regarding assisting students under 18 who are injured

If any student* has a life threatening emergency (breathing emergency, etc.) or is unconscious then consent is implied. Call 911 immediately. Contact the front office immediately to obtain the emergency contact number on file for the student and call to inform parents/guardians of the injury and indicate which hospital the student will be transported to.

If a student who is under 18 sustains an acute injury – instructors *must call 911* and *contact a parent/guardian of a minor*. Ask the student for the number of a parent; call to inform the parents/guardians of the injury and indicate the hospital to which the student will be transported. Alternately, contact the front office to obtain the emergency contact number on file for the student and call to inform parents/guardians of the injury and indicate which hospital the student will be transported to. It is IMPORTANT that instructors *make the attempt to contact the parents/guardians* even if the parents/guardians cannot be reached immediately.

Transfer to Hospital

·      For any student over 18 who chooses to go to the hospital, the Dance Department requests that the faculty member, if present, recommend treatment at Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Hospital.

·      Neither faculty nor students are responsible for accompanying injured students to the hospital. Once EMS transports the student to the hospital, the hospital has protocols in place to contact family members regarding the individual’s condition.

·      In the case of a non-emergency and transportation is needed to the hospital, please contact 732-932-7211 for a non-emergency transport.

·      The RUEMS ambulance is operational 24/7, 365 days a year to provide emergency medical services to Rutgers. Please call 911 in the event of an emergency. 

Emergency Room Care – Second Opinions from Department of Family Medicine

Injured students are transferred to the RWJ Emergency Room for care. Rutgers University has a partnership with RWJ through the Department of Family Medicine (DFM); this means that there are medical advocates upon which students can call upon as advocates in their care. There is a DFM faculty member on-site every day in the hospital; residents are on-call 24/7 for all evenings and holidays. If you become aware of a situation in which a student is being discharged when there are still concerns for their health and/or safety (e.g., they may be discharged to a dorm with no one to observe them), it is possible to request that the student be placed under observation by nursing staff for up to 72 hours. Please note that this is still considered an ER visit; it is possible for students to be admitted to the ER and not admitted to the hospital, which allows a family member to travel from a distance to join the student during their care. If the ER is firm that a student must be discharged, yet there are still concerns, the student can call the Mason Gross Dean, who may call the Rutgers Dean of Students on call for further assistance. Upon discharge from RWJ Hospital, paperwork on the students’ care is sent to Hurtado Health Center, whose staff will follow up with the student.

Technique and Creative Studio Course Observation Policy

Following evaluation by Rutgers Student Health, students with a medically documented injury that precludes them from dancing will be allowed to observe studio classes. This policy is designed to keep injured students’ minds and muscle memory engaged and to maintain their connection to the progression in their studio classes and to the larger Mason Gross Dance community.

For the first week (5 consecutive days) of observing studio classes, students will be given full attendance credit for each class observed, upon turning in an Observation Writing Task to their instructor at the end of the class (see below).

After the first week of observations, students will be given half attendance credit for each class observed, upon turning in an Observation Writing Task to their instructor at the end of the class.

Faculty teaching studio classes will receive email notices/updates of student eligible to observe class because of medical restrictions as per Rutgers Student Health.

Once students are allowed back to class on a modified regimen, they will be given full attendance credit for the days they participate in class.

After the student returns to the studio, if another injury occurs that requires observation, the department will meet with the student on an individual and case-by-case basis regarding attendance and observation policies.

Students are responsible for keeping track of their attendance for each course.

Students sitting out from class: 

If the student comes to class with an acute injury that is not urgent, but prohibits them from dancing they can observe the remainder of classes for that day until they are able to contact RSH or the licensed athletic trainer. If the student observes the remainder of the class and completes the observation writing task, the student will receive HALF credit for the class day.

If the injury is emergent or requires immediate evaluation from a medical profession, the appropriate protocol per guidelines should be followed regarding that injury.

The licensed athletic trainer can be reached via secure message regarding assistance in making an appointment for medical assessment or the student can attempt to call RSH to schedule an appointment with sports medicine physician.

If the student has not met with or received instructions from RSH and/or the licensed athletic trainer by the next class day, they will not be allowed back in class.

Observation Writing Task for Studio Classes

1.     Copies of the Observation Writing Task are available in the out box attached to the undergraduate coordinator’s office door, Room 037.)

2.     At the start of class, instructors should have the injured student select a fellow classmate and observe him/her throughout the entire class. Please make the observation discreet and take care not to distract fellow classmates. Analyze how he/she is engaging with and processing the material presented by the

instructor. For each exercise, note what idea/concept seems important for the instructor, how well the classmate embodies it, and offer any suggestions for how he/she might improve his/her performance. Submit the written observations to the instructor at the end of class. Students cleared to observe class who fail to complete and submit an Observation Writing Task to the instructor at the end of class will be counted as absent.

Outside Provider Care 

Students may choose care from an outside provider other than from the sports medicine physician at Rutgers Student Health. In the case that the care of an outside provider is sought, students are required to make clear to the outside provider the level of activity that is expected in the BFA dance program. 

Students are required to obtain detailed modification notes from the outside physician; in the case that additional information is needed, students may be asked to gather said information from the physician providing care. In the event the information regarding injury management remains unclear, the student may be instructed to follow up with a sports medicine physician. Students must fill out the Outside Physician Medical Report before returning to dance class; students are required to present the completed form to their dance instructors and to the department’s licensed athletic trainer. 

If the student is seeking an outside provider for an injury, the appointment with the outside provider must be scheduled within 5 days of the injury. Documentation, in the form of a script from the outside provider noting the day and time of the appointment, must be provided to the licensed athletic trainer via the secure Rutgers Student Health Portal. If a head injury is sustained, the student has the option of seeking an outside provider, but the student must also be evaluated by the RSH sports medicine physician for final clearance to return to dance. 

If the student has followed the above procedure and provided the necessary documentation, the appointment with the outside provider will be an excused absence. Absences accrued due to lack of advance notification to the instructor(s) or lack of documentation are the student’s responsibility. 

In order to return to full participation to dance performances and rehearsals, students working with outside providers MUST fax all medical documentation to 732-932-8255, physical therapy notes, office visit notes, etc. to the Rutgers Health Services. The outside provider must provide final clearance to the dance department. 

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.


Health & Wellness

Rutgers Counseling, ADAP, & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Mindfulness Mediatation Fall 2019


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

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)

FamiLGBTQ+ Group


Soma Center Pilates Reformer Sign-Up for Second Half of Semester

MFA, EdM, BFA, BA majors and Dance Minors are invited to sign up for free Pilates Reformer small group sessions in the Dance Department Soma Center.  Sessions for the second half of the semester are available Monday 4-7 pm and Tuesday 4-7 pm, and begin on Monday, October 28th.  The sign-up sheet is posted outside the Soma Center, and sign-up is on a first-come basis.  Students can sign up for a once-a-week, hour-long session.  Reformer classes are a wonderful opportunity to supplement your dance training, so please take advantage of this opportunity if your schedule permits.

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:  Halloween Family Movie Night October 27; as well as Zumba every Tuesday night; Movie Knight every Wednesday night; and morning yoga on Sundays.

Armitage Gone! Dance

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ARMITAGE GONE! DANCE (AG!D) seeks female and male contemporary ballet dancers for two upcoming projects in 2020.

Audition Project 1: AG!D seeks a female dancer (ideally short, but all are welcome) for a new work, A Stab At Time, to be performed in NYC and Santa Fe, and tour nationally. The role will be created and performed with former NYCB principle dancer, Jock Soto. The new work includes a libretto written by Scientific Advisor, Dr. John Harte, UC Berkeley, and live, commissioned music by Gregory Spears (Composer of Fellow Traveller).

Dancers must have excellent ballet, contemporary, and improvisational techniques, and must have versatility, musicality and stage presence. Pointe is welcome but not essential. Salary is $1200 per week for rehearsal and performance. Dates: 2020, TBA.

Audition Project 2: AGD seeks male and female dancers for a Nutcracker-devised work to be performed in Jersey City, NJ. Dancers must have excellent ballet, contemporary, and improvisational techniques, and must have versatility, musicality and stage presence. Pointe is welcome but not essential. Salary is minimum $600 per week for rehearsal and performance depending on role, etc. Workshop and performance dates: 2020, TBA.

AG!D is also seeking dancers skilled in classical or folk traditions from Asia, Africa, South or Latin America for the Nutcracker project, and please click HERE for more information on this audition.

AUDITION SCHEDULE: Saturday, November 2nd

Registration: 10-10:30am

Ballet Class: 10:30am-12:00pm

Contemporary Dance Audition: 12-4:00pm

Movement Research 

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Winter MELT 2020
January 6-24

luciana achugar
Chris Aiken
mayfield brooks
John Jasperse
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Lisa Nelson
Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal
Shelley Senter

Registration opens Tuesday, October 29
EARLYBIRD discounts available through November 15 

Website: MELT 2020

About MELT: 
MELT Intensives are a series of daily workshops in technique, somatics, improvisation, composition and other areas offered each summer and winter. Taught by Movement Research’s internationally recognized faculty as well as acclaimed guest artists, these workshops provide students with the unique opportunity to engage with some of the most highly regarded and innovative artists in the field of dance today.

David Dorfman Dance

David Dorfman Dance

Early-bird registration is open for David Dorfman Dance 2020 NYC Winter Intensive. Dance with us January 2-7!

Register and pay in full by October 29 and save $100.

Course offerings:Technique, Text, Improvisation, Repertory, Partnering, Somatics

Special Events:
Daily company rehearsal open to all attendees, Improv jams, End of the week showing and more to be announced

Tuition: Early-bird rate: $450 before (and paid in full) by October 29, 2019. Non-refundable $50 registration fee included in the cost. Full rate: $550 after October 29

Visit David Dorfman Dance 2020 Intensives for more information

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!

The School at Jacob’s Pillow

The School at Jacobs Pillow

Programs offered during Festival 2020 are Contemporary Ballet; Street & Club Dances: Styles, Culture, History; Contemporary; Musical Theatre Dance; The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program; and Art of Photographing Dance.


Contemporary Ballet
Jun 15-28 | Annabelle Lopez Ochoa & Luis R. Torres, Program Directors

Street & Club Dance: Styles, Culture, History
Jun 29-Jul 12 | Ephrat Asherie & Archie Burnett, Program Directors

Jul 13-Aug 2 | Milton Myers & Didy Veldman, Program Directors

Musical Theatre Dance
Aug 3-24 | Jeffrey Page, Program Director and Creative Team of Composer/Music Director & Script Developer



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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