Weekly Newsletter: November 4th – 8th

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


EdM Faculty Candidate Search – Monday, Nov. 4th

See ballet & technique changes in the Student TeamUp Calendar and schedule below.

Matawan High School Tour – Monday, Nov. 4th 

Matawan HS will be visiting the department on Monday 11/04 observing Technique in Studio 111 and 112

CWAH Lecture – Tuesday, November 5th


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 book signing of Back to the Dance Itself: Phenomenologies of the Body in Performance, will follow.

BFA Senior Solo/Duet Ticket PickUp – Tuesday, Nov. 5th

BFA student will be able to pick up their tickets from 11:15am – 12:30pm in Syde’s office on Tuesday, November 5th (after the CWAH lecture)

Student Concert Audition – Wednesday, Nov. 6th

Audition for Student Concert: Choreo 2 and any other BFA, BA, minor, EdM or MFA students


  • All ballet courses as scheduled
  • All modern technique courses cancelled
  • Students not enrolled in ballet are invited to join BALLET A class to warm up
  • Studio 111 and 112 as warmup and holding areas.

MGSA Dance Arts Day – Thursday, November 7th

Attention BFA  Dance Students: We will hosting prospective high school students and their parents for Dance Arts Day on Thursday, 11/7 and they will be observing Ballet and Technique classes in Studio 110, 111, and 112.
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!

Ananya Dance Theatre Residency

Ananya Dance Theatre Winter Residency

Sign ups for the ADT audition, will be posted outside Studio 110 until 5pm on Monday, November 11th


LOOK HERE FOR Ballet and Technique Class Locations

  • Dance Student TeamUp Calendar
  • EdM Faculty Candidate Search Visit – Monday, November 4th 

    • BFA Ballet
      • Ballet A will be scheduled in Studio 110 and will end at 9am.
      • All other Ballet levels will follow regular schedule
      • Tech A students and Student Committee Members in other ballet classes should leave class at 9am to be ready for class in Studio 110 at 9:15am.
      • Students in Ballet A, who are not in Tech A, will be done with ballet at 9am and should be ready to attend their regular Tech class.
    • Tech
      • Tech A will be scheduled in Studio 110 and will participate in two lessons from 9:15 – 11:15am
  • Student Concert Auditions – Wednesday, November 6th 

    • All ballet courses as scheduled
    • All modern technique courses cancelled
    • Students not enrolled in ballet are invited to join BALLET A class to warm up
    • Studio 111 and 112 as warmup and holding areas.

Fall 2019 Rotation Schedule



Important Drop/Add Registration Dates:

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FINAL Dance Appreciation Flyer

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.

Save the Date!



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.

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

Continuing Student Scholarship: DECEMBER 1 – PRIORITY CONSIDERATION

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.


Health & Wellness

Rutgers Counseling, ADAP, & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Mindfulness Mediatation Fall 2019


Richard Carlson – Let’s Talk Hours

Fall 2019 CAPS Flyer

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

Community Based Counseling – RUCAPS

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.

Polestar Pilates Reformer Training

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Apply Here: Spring 2020 Polester Pilates Reformer Teacher Training

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!

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. Click here for more information

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!

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: $550 after October 29

Visit David Dorfman Dance 2020 Intensives for more information


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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



Congratulations to Pam on her acclaimed recent commission for the Royal Ballet! 

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“Everyone Keeps Me” was presented alongside the work of Merce Cunningham and Frederick Ashton at Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House in London. Joined by PTD Artistic Associate Jason Collins for the creation period, the dance was lauded by the London press and the New York Times!


Robert Mark Dance


Spoke the Hub Director’s Choice Showcase

Saturday November 2 @9PM

Sunday November 3 @3PM

Tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4417848


Kyle Marshall Dance

Colored @ Hobart and William Smith College
November 6th @ 7:30p
Geneva, NY

Performance Salon @ MANA Contemporary

with performances by Oluwadamilare Ayorinde, Melanie Greene, Johnnie Cruise Mercer and Ambika Raina 

curated by Kyle Marshall 

November 9th @ 7:30p

FREE | RSVP and more info

Jersey City

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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