This week: Important Messages, Week 1 Ballet & Technique Schedule, Reminders, Student Opportunities, Health & Wellness, and Announcements/Shout outs
Monday, January 21st: Most University Offices are closed
Tuesday, January 22nd: Start of the Spring 2019 Semester
The first Dance Assembly of the Spring 2019 semester is on Wednesday, January 23rd in Studio 110. All BFA students are required to attend.
New Ballet 5 & 6 Attendance Policy
Students will lose 1 point for each absence. However, students can have 8 absences and get a grade of 92 if they achieve full points for all work in class and all assignments.
Technique and Creative Studio Course Observation Policy (Updated: January 2019)
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.
Policies for Student Injuries (Updated: January 2019)
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.
• Please note: Any and all head injuries require immediate EMS attention.
• If injured during class a student will not be marked as absent for the day.
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 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 athletic trained 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 athletic trainer by the next class day they will not be allowed back in class.
- When scheduling an appointment with Dr. Kenton: Student has the option of scheduling an appointment on their own or coordinating with the athletic trainer to make an appointment. If the student schedules an appointment on their own they must inform their dance instructor if the appointment conflicts with their class time. If the student plans to coordinate with the athletic trainer, they must provide their availability regarding dates and times and the athletic trainer will attempt to coordinate with openings in sports medicine physician schedule. If initially unable to find a mutual time they will be contacted again for further possible availabilities. Once an appointment is made for the student they will receive a confirmation email from the athletic trainer informing them of the date and time. At this point the student must communicate with their dance instructor of the appointment if it conflicts with their class time. If it is decided per instructor and student that absence from class is not possible, then it is the student’s responsibility to cancel their appointment online and reschedule for a time that is more convenient. If the students condition warrant’s emergent evaluation, the instructors will be informed by the athletic trainer that the student required immediate evaluation.
- When scheduling a therapy appointment: Student should send a secure message through the portal to arrange appointment after receiving recommendations from their visit with the sports medicine physician. The student must provide their availability regarding dates and times and an athletic trainer will attempt to coordinate with openings in their schedule. If initially unable to find a mutual time they will be contacted again for further possible availabilities. Once an appointment is made for the student, they will receive a confirmation text and/or email from the health portal informing them of the date and time. At this point the student must communicate with their dance instructor of the appointment if it conflicts with their class time. If it is decided per instructor and student that absence from class is not possible, then it is the students’s responsibility to cancel their appointment and work with the athletic trainer to reschedule for a time that is more convenient. If the students condition warrant’s emergent evaluation, the instructor will be informed by the athletic trainer that the student required immediate evaluation.
Week 1 Ballet & Technique Schedule
Mandatory Events for BFA Students
Important Add/Drop Dates
Tuesday, January 22nd – Tuesday, January 29th: Add/Drop period
Tuesday, January 29th: Last day to drop a class without a “W”
Wednesday, Janauary 30th: Last day to add a class
Wednesday, January 30th – Monday, March 25th: Undergraduate drop period with a “W” grade
Ananya Dance Theatre Residency
The Ananya Dance Theatre Residency will take place from Monday, January 28th to Saturday, February 2nd. During this time, there will be NO STUDENT REHEARSALS
Please keep in mind that BFA students are required to attend the Shawngram Participatory Workshop (01/29), the Audience Empowerment Workshop (01/31) and the Shaatranga: Women Weaving Worlds performance either on (02/01) or (02/02)
Dance Support Group
Paul Robeson Centennial
In 2019, Rutgers marks the centennial anniversary of Paul Robeson’s graduation from Rutgers College in 1919. In recognition, our community honors his achievements as a scholar, athlete, actor, singer, and global activist in a yearlong celebration featuring lectures, performances, art exhibitions, and more. The dedication of the Paul Robeson Plaza on the College Avenue Campus in Spring 2019 will pay tribute to his legacy.
For more information about upcoming events, visit: Paul Robeson Centennial
EAD Discussion & Presentation Skills (01:356:152 1 credit graded)
The Grammar Workshop (01:355:090) 1.5 e-credit (pass/fail)
Open to all students taking a writing class and has an extended registration period. Can also satisfy the tutoring requirement
Tutoring (The Writing Center, 01:355:096, 1.5 e-credit pass/fail)
- Tutoring is recommended for all students taking a required writing class
- There are three writing centeres: Livingston, CAC, & Douglass
- To fulfill the tutoring requirement, the student needs to sign up for a session of five meetings with a tutor (one of which can be missed without penalty)
- The Grammar Workshop can satisfy the tutoring requirement
Study Abroad application for the Fall and Academic Year 2019 are due March 1st!
For more information about the deadline and application, visit: RUGlobal
The Sensory Motor Integration Lab – RU Psychology Department
Walk-in registration: $20
For more information, visit: Jacob’s Pillow Master Classes in NYC
92Y Harkness Dance Center
This course will combine the understanding of the dynamics underlying eating disorders with the practie of DMT. Registeration $350
- Friday, January 18th 6:30pm-9:30pm
- Saturday, January 19th 2pm-8pm
- Sunday, January 20th 1pm-7pm
For more information, visit: 92Y: DMT for Eating Disorders
ChoreoLab: Emerging Artist Workshop for the advanced and early professional level dancers
To register or to find out more information, visit: Ballet Hispanico Summer 2019 Program
Health & Wellness
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. Students can sign up for a once-a-week, hour-long session. Sessions are available Wednesdays 4-7 pm and Thursdays 3-6 pm, and begin on Wednesday, Jan. 30th. The sign-up sheet for the first half of Spring 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, so please take advantage of this opportunity if your schedule permits.
Polestar Pilates Reformer Teacher Training
If you are interested in applying for the Polestar Pilates Reformer Teacher Training, please click on the link below or contact Frederick Curry for more information!
Summer Vinyasa Teacher Training
OM Factory School of Yoga Teacher Training is a 200-hour yoga comprehensive teacher training designed for serious yoga practitioners interested in deepening their practice, as well as for aspiring teachers who want a toolkit to approach teaching with confidence.
If you are interested in applying for the Summer Vinyasa Teacher Training, please click on the link below or contact Blair Ritchie for more information!
Rutgers Health Center
Announcements & Shout outs
Audition for NEWSIES at the Cranford Dramatic Club (CDC) Theatre in Cranford NJ. Newsies is Disney’s blockbuster dance musical.
The show has been mostly cast but they are still looking for 1-2 trained male dancers. You do not have to sing or act, you just need strong dance ability. Specifically looking for BA students since the rehearsal schedule may be too difficult for current BFA students to handle and the age they ideally would like is early to mid 20s (as the other Newsies cast are in this age range).
Rehearsals: Start January 27. 3 times a week.
Performances: the first 3 weekends in May.
Anyone who is interested should contact the director Jon Menter ASAP. at Cell – 908-875-5688 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send your announcements and/or shoutouts to email@example.com