Weekly Newsletter: December 9 – December 13

Congrats Fall Dance Concert

Congratulations on a Fantastic Student Concert!
Kudos to all choreographers, dancers, and designers on outstanding work. Much gratitude to faculty mentors Ani Javian and Jordon Lloyd for stewarding the choreographers to develop works that were compelling and illuminating. Shout out to Stephanette Schwartz-Smith and John Evans for guiding designers to bring their evocative lighting designs to fruition during performances. Everyone – enjoy your success!

Important Messages

Student Forum on Expanded Dance Techniques in the Curriculum – Monday, December 12/09

BFA Majors Required; BA, EdM, MFA and Dance Minors invited

The Dance Department will engage in a dialogue around the inclusion of non-European derivative dance forms to our curriculum from 9:45-11:30am – Studio 110. All technique instructors are invited to attend as well.

This is a mandatory event for BFA majors – attendance will be taken.

Ballet will be held as usual and Technique classes are canceled

Mindfulness Meditation Session – Monday 12/09

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Join us for a mindfulness mediation session to practice self-care and to decompress before finals!
Session will take place in Studio 111 during the lunch hour (11:30am-12:30pm). Open to all majors.

Intro to Dance Studies Moved to Loree on Tuesday, 12/10

Intro to Dance Studies
2:15 – 3:35
For questions and/or concerns please speak with Alessandra or Barbara

Last Dance Assembly of the Fall Semester on Wednesday, 12/11

The last dance assembly will take place on Wednesday, December 11th from 12:35-1:55pm in Studio 110. Please see below for the list of class showings

1) Improv 2 – Stephen’s Section

2) Improv 2 – Laurel’s Section

3) Sound & Movement

4) Improv 1 – Chien-Ying’s Section

5) Improv 1 – Paul’s Section

6) Jazz Dance

7) Afro-Urban Fusion

ConcussionWise Training Due by Wednesday, 12/11

BFA Majors are required to complete the ConcussionWise Training each Academic Year. 

If you have not completed the ConcussionWise certificate for the 2019-2020 school year, we are giving you one more chance to complete the ConcussionWise Training by Wednesday, 12/11. If you do not complete the training by 12/11, you will receive a strike and an F on your transcript for not completing the training. 


Below are the directions to complete the training: 

You have been automatically registered for the online course Concussion Awareness (07:206:101). This course will appear on your official transcript. This course is E credited, which means no credit is earned towards degree completion and no grade is computed in students’ grade point average.  However, showing successful completion of specialized concussion-awareness training on your transcript will benefit you in applying for dance-related employment.


The following link is for the ConcussionWise online training program that has been specially designed for Mason Gross Dance BFAs: http://masongross.sportsafety.org.

If you encounter any technical issues, please email Athletic Trainer, Hollie Palmisano at hollie.palmisano@rutgers.edu


University Reading Days & Fall Finals

Good Luck On Your Finals!

Last day of classes – Wednesday, December 11

Reading Days: Thursday, December 12th & Friday, December

Finals: Monday, December 16th – Monday, December 23rd


Congratulations to MGSA Dance Alum, Nayaa Opong-Nyantekyi!

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Nayaa performed Doin’ My Jazz with Hysterika Jazz Dance
Artistic Director/Choreographer: Barbara Angeline
Steffi Nossen Choreography Showcase
November 24, 2019

Congratulations to Kyle Marshall & MGSA Dance Alumni


“He’s delving into his heart and his culture,” she said. “That makes me feel good — there’s so much to be said, and not enough of these artists who say they’re making work about the black tradition in dance are really bringing it fully forward. I think he’s sticking to this trajectory.” – Charmaine Warren, an associate producer at BAM
Come see Kyle Marshall Choreography featuring MGSA Dance Alumni: Oluwadmilare (Dare) Ayoride, Bria Symone Bacon, Miriam Gabriel, and Myssi Robinson perform at the Brooklyn Academy of Music December 6th & 7th at 7:30pm
Click HERE for ticketing information

Read the stunning review in the NY Times

Pre-College Dance Experience


Thank you all for contributing to the success of yesterday’s Pre-College Dance Experience.  Thanks to your efforts, it was an amazing day for the visiting students and teachers.  A special thank you to Colleen Klein for her organizational wizardry. – From Frederick Curry

Following the UDW performance in Loree as part of the recent Pre-College Dance Experience, BFA+EdM Seniors Deja Baret and Rebecca Pavelko pose with their dance teacher from Bayonne High School, Mason Gross Dance Alumnae Kelli McGovern.


Research in the Disciplines – Innovations in Dance
If you have not taken Research in the Disciplines to fulfill your MGSA liberal arts requirements, please consider registering for Innovations in Dance on Wednesdays from 5:35 p.m. 8:35 p.m in Hickman Hall as it is now being offered for the Spring 2020 semester. The index number is 33668

Course Description: 

The rise of contemporary dance. The explosion in physicality (faster, bigger, higher). Barefoot vs. Socks. Modern dance or Postmodern? The rise of dance injury prevention and treatment. Instagram and the quest for dance perfection. Competitions: A Necessary Evil? Misty Copeland and the Black Ballerina. Dance from non-Western cultures. Key Broadway choreographers today. The Dominance of Hip hop. All of these are possible topics for Innovations in Dance. Here is an opportunity for both the serious dance student and the casual fan to explore the art form through expository writing.

Course Objectives:

The objective of this course is to write a research paper looking at a significant way that dance has changed within a certain time period or timeframe – and to contextualize that discussion within a more general discussion of dance culture, a certain genre, style or movement, a historical period or a particular innovation or series of innovations that have advanced or impacted the art form.


CREATE De-Stress Event – Monday 12/09

CREATE Meeting #6 (Last Meeting of the Semester)
On Monday, December 9, 2019 at 9:00PM in WALTERS 240 on Douglass Campus, CREATE will be having a De-stress event! At this meeting, to kickoff juries season, an intense time period of finals for artists that includes performances, evaluations, and back-to-back submissions of art, and Finals season, we’ll be having a brief discussion on performance anxiety and how to overcome it with tips on bettering our mental health during finals season, and beginner-friendly Yoga for Artists taught by the amazing Jocelyn, also known on Instagram as @thehealingbitch!
This meeting is open to ALL, non-artists included. Free bottled water and mats will be provided. Our class can hold a capacity of 30 people and you MUST RSVP here.

University Winter Break

Winter Session
Certain residence halls on the Rutgers–New Brunswick campus close during University Winter and Spring recess periods. Please check the list of respective halls that remain open during University Winter period HERE. Halls not listed on the website are closed during the recess period.


Mon., Dec. 23 @ 7PM


Sun., Jan. 19 @ 10AM

Save the Dates!

A Christmas Carol 

A Christmas Carol

The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life on stage in spectacular fashion as this multi-cultural musical celebration is delivered in a unique fashion in a way that only Crossroads can. This performance is choreographed by MFA Alum, Camille Moten alongside our Music Coordinator, Mesia Austin whom is the Music Director

“Camille Moten, Choreographer and recent MFA Grad from Rutgers, is fierce. Her dances are so imaginative, and they complement both the music and the performer.” – Director, Marshall Jones III

“Dr. Mesia Austin, Musical Director who also got her doctorate from MGSA. She has put together an incredible orchestra of musicians.” – Director, Marshall Jones III


  • Dec 5, 2019 – Dec 15, 2019
  • $25 – $65
  • The Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater – New Brunswick Performing Arts Center 11 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ


Friendship Fridays – RU GLOBAL 

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Join Rutgers Global and its university partners for this weekly “pop-up lounge” from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at various locations across the New Brunswick campus. Enjoy making gingerbread cookies, and meet and make new friends from around the world!

Holiday Edition

Rutgers Alumni House at Van Nest Hall
19 College Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ




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Registration for the Big Chill 2019 is now open. Don’t miss this Rutgers holiday tradition and one of the largest 5K races in New Jersey on December 7. Participants pay a small race fee and bring toys that are distributed locally. Run or walk, and register as an individual or team today!

Dance Department Widget! Find out how to get this!

We are excited to announce that the Dance Department Widget is now available to add to your my.rutgers.edu dashboard!
The Dance Department widget is a one stop resource that links users to the TeamUp calendar, Weekly Newsletter, the Handbooks RU Student Health, etc.
Easy instructions are located in your Dance Assembly Canvas Page in the Announcements.



Important Drop/Add Registration Dates:

Final Adaptive Movement Flyer

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 to reach out their staff or sign up for an upcoming online information session.


Health & Wellness

Rutgers Counseling, ADAP, & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Mindfulness Mediatation Fall 2019


FamiLGBTQ+ Group

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)



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

Inspira Seeking Dance Teacher

Little InSpirations Faculty – This candidate will have the ability to teach 5 and 6 year olds (Beginning Ballet, Tap, and Hip Hop).
  • Classes are thirty minutes in length.
  • Day needed: Saturday, 12pm – 3pm in New Brunswick.
  • BFA or BA in Dance Preferred, but not required.
  • Must have 2 years minimum teaching experience.
  • Candidates must have excellent, organization, effective verbal and written communication, creative and flexible teaching style, and an enthusiastic and warm approach with students.
  • We only hire career minded, long term employees who have stand-out work ethic and desire to grow. This role is not for a short-term placement or someone not looking to grow inside our company.
  • To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume and link to a private youtube channel or video of you teaching and a video of why you are the right person for the job to the email below.
Kristine Smith Careers@InSpiraArts.com
987D Jersey Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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!

Accademia dell’arte Summer 2020 Intensive

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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 websitefor details.

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

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Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is proud to bring back their holiday production by Artistic Director Alberto Lopez Herrera and Co-Founder & Executive Director Juan Castaño. “Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas” celebrates the holiday traditions experienced by a young person of Mexican immigrant parents growing up in New York City.  This unique cultural production will be presented this holiday season at the Apollo Theater for one show on Sunday December 1st and at Queens Theatre for four shows on Saturday December 14th and Sunday December 15th.

Visit Calpulli at the Apollo for ticketing information



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



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.

2020 Dance Exchange Winter Institute

OAC: 2020 Winter Institute
January 9-12, 2020
$400 (General Public)
$300 (Institute Alumni & Adults 60+)
@ Dance Exchange (7117 Maple Ave; Takoma Park, MD 20912)
*Limited Work/Study & Scholarship available

We will explore intergenerational dancemaking and collaboration with participants from our local region and across the globe. Anyone 18+ is welcome to join.

As a Winter Institute participant, you will:
Participate in a daily movement practice
Share collaborative practices and tools for intergenerational dancemaking
Cultivate a deeper understanding of what it is to be an artist-citizen in the world
This will be a supportive environment for focused training and development for movers and thinkers of all ages and physical capacities—for those coming to dance through another field, returning to dance after many years, or currently in a daily dance practice.
To register, please click HERE.


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



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

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