Weekly Announcements – January 19 to January 25

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This week: A message from Julia, Important Semester Start Up Information, Salutations from Jeff, Safety Information, Job Opportunities, and Kudos & Shout-Outs.

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FROM JULIA

Welcome back to Dance for Spring 2014!

.A huge welcome to returning and new students and faculty and guest artists!

.Be sure to check out the “Fresh Faces” page

to learn about your new faculty for this semester and our guest artists!

Congratulations, Shen Wei Winter Residency!

ShenWei

Congratulations to the dancers of the Shen Wei Residency! They spent two weeks working with Shen Wei Dance Arts company member and rehearsal director Kate Jewett learning Behind Resonance. Our BFA dancers also had the opportunity to study with SWDA company members James Healey and Evan Copeland. Many thanks to Kim Gibilisco for serving as Repertory Director of Behind Resonance, which will be performed on DancePlus Spring 2014. Can’t wait to see the work in performance!

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Shen Wei Dance Arts at The State Theater, New Brunswick!

Thursday, February 6, 8pm

PICK UP YOUR TICKETS!!!

BFA majors – please be sure to organize your tickets, including picking up a ticket from Anne Marie’s office to see Shen Wei at The State Theater on Thursday, February 6th. This is a mandatory performance.
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BA majors – we have secured $14 tickets for you for Shen Wei Dance Arts – please see Anne Marie in the main office.
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Students: CHECK YOUR SCHEDULES

Please check your class schedules to make sure everything you think you are/should be registered for is listed on your schedule.  You can check your schedules by going to:

http://www.myrutgers.edu

Click on (1) Resources, (2) Academics, (3) My Schedule

Email Frederick (Frederick.curry@rutgers.edu) if you have problems registering for any dance courses. 

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DROP/ADD/WITHDRAW DEADLINES

January 28: Undergraduate students – last day to DROP courses without “W” grade

January 29: Undergraduate students – last day to ADD courses

January 29-March 24: Undergraduate Drop Period with a “W” grade

If you drop, add or withdraw from a course, please confirm the change by checking your schedule via my.rutgers.edu.

For additional Spring registration information, go to:

http://nbregistrar.rutgers.edu/undergrad/s14ugcal.htm

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PRODUCTION STUDY

Do you need to register for and/or sign up for Production Study crew hours?

A reminder of Production Study graduation requirements:

BFA & BA: 2 credits = 80 hours of crew

Minor: 1 credit = 40 hours of crew

Please be reminded that signing up for a show crew is a serious and important commitment that you receive credit for.  The following rules will be in place from now on.

  • Sign-up sheets are posted on the board between studios 111 and 112.  Please look CAREFULLY at the dates and times listed.  If you cannot make a date or time, check in with Jacqueline Reid before signing up.  Some conflicts can be worked out, some cannot.  Check with Jacqueline first.
  • Once you’ve signed up for crew, do not cross off your name without checking with Jacqueline first.  Anyone crossing off their name on their own will be penalized the amount of hours they signed up for—for example, if you signed up for 20, you will be penalized 20 hours.
  • Cancelling your crew commitment without medical or other emergency reasons/documentation within a week of the commitment will also result in penalty.  Please note emergencies include car accidents and deaths in the family. Studying for an exam is not an emergency.

The performances of you and your peers are dependent on people committing
with focus to their crew hours.  Please respect the work of your peers and
the department by treating the commitment to crew as an important part of
your semester.

Email Jacqueline Reid (jacqreid@rci.rutgers.edu) if you have crew questions.

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SALUTATIONS FROM JEFF

(on sabbatical Spring 2014)

Hello everyone,
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I’ll be away from the Dance Department for nearly all of the Spring semester this year; every 6 years or so, full-time faculty can request an opportunity to refresh themselves in the form of a sabbatical.  We propose a schedule that is particular to our interests and needs, according to the activities and projects that advance our research and teaching.
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This Spring I have scheduled a number of national and international opportunities for lectures, workshops, performance events and research activities. But first, it is important for me to say that I will miss you all while I’m away. I actually am refreshed right here, when I’m at home at Rutgers, by all of you: your probing question-seeking, your creative answer-making, your mentoring, guiding and administrative smarts, and everything you do to advance the cause of dancing at this university. After participating in the university’s long-term planning process during the Fall, I am reminded how crucial it is to keep the value of embodied knowledges front and center at this institution; you all make that happen and I am grateful.  In particular, I will miss this senior class and their final projects: I am sorry not to be present at this time of your bearing the fruit of 4 years of dance education and training; for the Ed.M students who will graduate this year, I will miss your fantastic portfolio showing, which continues to impress me with your depth and breadth of new knowledge and understanding.  I will miss both classes’ graduations, which I always attend with poignancy for what you face after graduation, but with pride that we have given our utmost to help you be ready for it.
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While I’m away, I will be the Allen Smith Resident Scholar at Simmons College in Boston for two months, teaching, lecturing, performing and having a great time consulting with new faculty contacts there. I will then move on to Istanbul where, thanks to Julia’s support, I have the opportunity to collaborate with faculties in both dance and oral history from Yildiz and Bosphorus Universities, respectively.  Next, I present a scholarly paper in Vienna at the European Social Science History conference on German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s theories of time and how they relate to the process of oral history interviews and especially the experience of our ephemeral art of dance. Next, I will be in residence at Salzburg University on the other end of Austria, teaching an oral history workshop to dancers and lecturing to various departments on oral history as it relates to dance. Finally, I will travel back to Israel to present a paper reflecting on Israeli theater professor Freddie Rokem’s theories of the hyper-historian, as it relates to oral history-based dance performances. I will also supporting necessary pathways to offer you all a future 3-week summer course on oral history and performance at Hebrew University.
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I’ll return in late June, ready to dive back into the Dance Department as the Graduate Director of our new MFA degree in Performance and Choreography. I look forward both to the refreshment ahead of me and seeing many of you when I return.
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Salut,
Jeff

Safety Reminders

 

– Remain alert and aware of the people and circumstances around you at all times.

– Do not let anyone into a secured building or room that you do not know.

– Do not leave equipment, materials, or personal items unattended or unsecured at anytime.

– Do not prop open doors.

– Be aware of your surroundings even when inside.

– Walk in groups at night or call Rutgers Police at 732-932-7211 and ask for a walking escort.

– If working/studying in buildings during breaks, especially after normal business hours, make sure to coordinate with a friend/colleague to go together.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility…

if you see something say something!

Call Rutgers Police anytime at 732-932-7211

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Director of Development at Dancewave

REPORTS TO: Executive/Artistic Director (ED)

HOURS: Full-time 40 hours/week; must be available on select weekends for performances.

SALARY: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits offered include health insurance plan, paid leave, and opportunity to participate in pension plan.
START DATE: Immediately

JOB DESCRIPTION: Dancewave is a community-based nonprofit organization, founded in 1995, to transform the lives of New York City youth through unique exposure to world-class, pre-professional performing arts training.  Dancewave seeks a passionate, dynamic and experienced Director of Development with a track record of success to raise the profile and resources of Dancewave.  Under the direction of and in conjunction with the Executive Director, and as a member of the senior leadership team, The Director of Development will be responsible for developing and overseeing all of the organization’s fundraising strategies to build and expand Dancewave’s visibility and financial resources. He/she will maintain Dancewave’s focus on an ambitious resource development plan that includes doubling unrestricted funding by 2018.

This is an opportunity to guide Dancewave through a moment of transformation.  Supported by a soon-to-be-launched capital campaign, Dancewave will move to a new dance center renovated by New York City’s Department of Design and Construction and funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs, expected to open in 2016. The Director of Development will serve as the primary liaison with New York City government during renovation and will collaborate with Capital Campaign consultants in raising additional funds for this project.

The ideal candidate is passionate about Dancewave’s mission, thinks strategically, has demonstrated excellence in a variety of competencies including: project management, teamwork, analytical thinking and connecting Dancewave to the larger business and cultural community. Must possess the ability to work with changing priorities and multiple projects. He/she will be a first class communicator, with the ability to effectively position the organization and to communicate its vision and plans to a range of audiences and to inspire and engage a wide range of funders and stakeholders.

The Director of Development must be able to problem-solve and troubleshoot, in addition to the ability to work independently in a dynamic team environment, and will have a good understanding of the funding landscape, a demonstrated ability to close deals with donors, and proven track record in successful solicitation of foundation and government grants.  He/she will have a previously demonstrated ability to prospect, pursue, cultivate, and close deals with new individual donors.

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Manage current and future foundation grants and relationships.
  • Manage relationships with foundation officials.
  • Plan and manage all fundraising events including the Kids Cafe Festival, annual Gala (May 9th 2014), and Spring Celebration (May 31st and June 1st 2013).
  • Attend quarterly Board meetings and provide progress reports on fundraising events and activities; provide other reports and statements as requested.
  • Attend meetings with current donors, corporate funders and future donors and funders.
  • Serve as staff liaison for the Board Fund Raising Committee and work closely with the Committee Chair to motivate, guide and support the Committee’s work.
  • Develop and manage Board fundraising capacity, by supporting Dancewave’s Board of Trustees in their fundraising responsibilities and act as a resource for developing best practices.
  • Lead the improvement of fund raising efforts’ efficiency by developing appropriate metrics and reporting tools.
  • Enhancing the use of the donor database utilizing Salesforce and maintaining resources on fund raising.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and the Board in identifying new Board members who can contribute to increase Dancewave’s fund raising capacity.

This position offers the opportunity for professional growth within the organization.

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Required

  • 10+ years of professional experience in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources) and/or sales or business development experience in a service industry or with a nonprofit.
  • Superb written, oral communication and networking skills
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong leadership skills to inspire staff, board, donors and interns
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage competing demands
  • Passion for Dancewave’s mission and commitment to serving youth
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Ability to speak about dance and dance education

Preferred

  • Training in dance and/or dance education; work experience with dance company/organization
  • Demonstrated ability to build creative and mutually beneficial partnerships within the nonprofit, public and corporate sectors
  • Familiarity with NYC and NYS government contracts
  • Experience with Salesforce, database design or theory
  • Masters Degree

TO APPLY:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and three (3) references to jobs@dancewave.org  with subject line Director of Development.

NO PHONE CALLS.  ONLY EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

ABOUT DANCEWAVE:

Dancewave, Inc., a nonprofit dance center in Brooklyn, New York, was founded in 1995 by dancer/choreographer Diane Jacobowitz. Dancewave uses an innovative model of dance education that combines rigorous training and mentoring by accomplished dance professionals in a nurturing and non-competitive environment. Its core programs areas are: dance education for students of all ages and backgrounds; training and presenting pre-professional dance companies; and arts in education programs in New York City public schools.

Dancewave companies have been featured on PBS and have performed at: New York State’s Governor’s Arts Awards, the Joyce Theatre, The Kitchen, DanceNOW Festival, the City Parks Foundation’s Summerstage, and the renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. In 2010, Dancewave was the only company chosen to represent the United States at the prestigious Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland. Dancewave serves 3,700 students annually, and Dancewave Company graduates have a 100% college admittance rate.

For more information, please go to: www.dancewave.org.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE LEARNING IN SENEGAL

Senegal International Service Learning Flyer

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KUDOS & SHOUT-OUTS

Guest Artists in Residence Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor win “Best Performance” Award from the Israel Critic’s Circle

Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor received an award from the Israel Dance Critics’ Circle for the best Israeli creation.  The award recognizes the piece “Two Room Apartment.”  Sheinfeld and Laor will be in residence at Rutgers University during the spring semester, where they will teach classes on dance technique and advanced improvisation and performance.  Congratulations, Niv and Oren – we are so happy to have you at Rutgers!

The Queen’s Reign

The Focus Dance season at the Joyce Theater brings just two performances of “Scott, Queen of Marys” (1994) by Doug Elkins: Jan. 7 and 12 (joyce.org). Read the New York Times article here.

Hapless Bizarre

Doug Elkins will premiere his latest choreographed piece “Hapless Bizarre” at Keene State College, New Hampshire on February 4: Spotlight on: ‘Hapless Bizarre’.

Mo(or)town Redux

The New York Times has named Doug Elkins’ work, Mo(or)town Redux, one of the Top 10 dances of 2013. Read the New York Times article here.

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