Dance Department Announcements

Rutgers Chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts – Graduation with Honors

Below you will find detailed information on applying for Graduation with Honors for NHSDA members of the Rutgers chapter.  NHSDA Graduation with Honors is open to all current NHSDA members in their senior or graduation year. Please begin by reading the NHSDA Graduation with Honors Timeline 2021 document.  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. All 15 points must be acquired during your senior or graduation year. 

**Please note that NHSDA Inductees can graduate one time with honors from a collegiate chapter (e.g., Rutgers Chapter).  This means that if you are a current GSE EdM who graduated with NHSDA Honors from the Mason Gross BFA, you should not resubmit to graduate with honors as a GSE EdM.  Rather, if you maintain a 3.5 GPA, you are entitled to wear your NHSDA honors regalia for all commencement ceremonies related to graduating from the GSE.

Deadline to submit additional 15 points summary & essay to Cristina: Midnight, Friday, March 26, 2021
Link to Dropbox with detailed information:

Update Regarding Dance Department

Dear Dancers, 
MG Dance has received approval for a limited number of students living in Rutgers on-campus housing to access studios for technique classes twice per week. Following discussions with the Dean’s office, Dance is prioritizing first-year students, many of whom have never been to campus, and a very small number of second-year students who have reported challenges given their on-campus housing assignments. 
This will be MG Dance’s trial phase of in-person instruction as our aim would be to open the studios to more students on a regular basis once we receive the approval of the university’s central administration. 
There will be a maximum of eight (8) students in a studio, working in specifically designated boxes during the trial phase of in-person instruction. Instructors will teach only via Zoom and will not be present in the studio with the students. Staff will be on hand to provide emergency assistance, as necessary.  

We understand that everyone is eager to study in-person and our hope is that this trial phase allows us to troubleshoot any concerns and issues. We thank you for your patience as we continue to advocate for our dance community to do our important work while following university guidelines during COVID.

Please contact me with any questions. My thanks to everyone in our dance community for your commitment and cooperation.  


Julia M. Ritter, PhD, MFA(she/her)

Cast List Due!

Attention Seniors and MFA students: Please be sure to send your cast list to Syde Orange ( as soon as possible.

Juniors – when your cast list is confirmed, please send them to Syde Orange (

Senior Spotlights for Social Media Needed

ATTENTION graduating Seniors: We would like to post some senior highlights on our social media pages throughout the month of February and March to highlight all of it

  1. Name, hometown, state, country (if not USA)
  2. Senior thesis inspirations
  3. What dance artist do you admire (who is your “ancestral dance badass” – can be dancer, choreographer, scholar, educator, etc.)
  4. Currently excited about
  5. Future aspirations upon graduation

Please send your Senior Spotlights to the Syde Orange (

Doing the Work! Help make Mason Gross Dance not only change, but progress!

  1. Equity, diversity, inclusion survey
  2. Upload your movement phrase
  3. Be a part of our collective. E-mail us

Spring Commencement Ceremonies will be VIRTUAL

February 11, 2021 
Members of the Rutgers Community: After careful discussion with the chancellors over the past several weeks, I am writing to inform you that we have decided to hold all commencement events across Rutgers by virtual means rather than hold in-person ceremonies. This decision was a disappointing one to make in light of the difficulties our graduating students have already endured, but public health concerns related to the ongoing pandemic continue to make it unwise for us to plan for large in-person gatherings this spring. And unfortunately, it is not feasible to create appropriate, smaller ceremonies in a safe and equitable way. 

Each campus is exploring the most effective ways to honor their graduates by remote means this spring, and we are earnestly hoping to host in-person celebrations later in the year to further salute our graduates from both 2020 and 2021. 

Why are we making this decision now? Because, despite the optimism that the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines has brought us, our health experts have advised that even if the pace of the vaccination rollout increases, our state will not be at a point where it will be safe to gather in large crowds, even outdoors, until mid- to late summer at the earliest. With more than 18,000 graduating students across our campuses, we don’t have the capacity to ensure the health and safety of graduates and guests. Rather than book and plan for outdoor venues, only to cancel them as May draws near, we have determined that it is better to put our energies into making commencement season as well-designed, creative, and meaningful as possible in a virtual setting. 

Follow-up messages regarding commencement events will come from the chancellors and/or deans later this month. I support their efforts to find ways to celebrate safely and know that they are eager to engage their communities as they consider how best to do so.

 I recognize that this decision will be deeply disappointing to our graduating students and their families and friends, and I am very sorry. I know you deserve better and wish that we could make it happen in a safe and responsible way this spring. At the point where we can resume holding large in-person gatherings, we will gladly plan for events that celebrate your accomplishments at Rutgers. 

Sincerely, Jonathan Holloway
President and University Professor

International Call for Submissions

The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art 2021 Online Biennial

FREE to submit

Deadline March 2nd 2021

All media and all mediums of art made from 2019 to 2021,

this may include interactive, experiences, movement, abstract, play, sound, street, fashion, animations, live performance, photography, illusions, nature, software, videoart, memes, writing, bots, gifs, vr, ar, xr, painting, sculpture, sketches, theater, poetry, opera, cinema, other creative things only you can dream up.

A selection of international 100 artists will be curated,

artists selected receive 70% split of ticket sales

We are wild & newfangled, are you?

Collaboration Opportunity with the Voorhees Choir

Brandon Williams from MGSA Music is in need of a dance student who would like to collaborate with the Voorhees Choir on one of their pieces called Lorelei. (modern dance.)

  • Solo performance here
  • Choral performance here
  • Translation here

The student would submit a video of their performance that will be incorporated with our virtual choir video. This is a sample of work from last semester. If you are interestef in this opportunity, please email me by Wednesday, February 10th!

Undergraduate Dancers Needed for Research


My name is Jessica Reidy, I am an MA candidate in Applied Exercise Physiology at Teachers College, Columbia University. I am beginning data collection for my final integrative project which will tie together my background in dance performance and studies in exercise science. I would greatly appreciate it if you would forward this email to your undergraduate dance students so they may participate in a very brief study delivered via an online questionnaire. I think they may appreciate learning about dance science research and it would be wonderful to have their input! Thank you for the consideration.

About this study:

Research has shown that supplementary fitness training, in addition to dance classes and rehearsals, is an important part of training for dance performance. Supplementary training is especially important for maintaining performance-ready fitness levels during periods of reduced or paused dance activity such as during summer and winter academic breaks, or current university closures. There is sufficient evidence to support the ability of various modes of exercise to improve dance performance without sacrificing artistry. However, little is known about which modes of exercise collegiate dancers actually participate in. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to profile the modes of exercise collegiate dancers engage in during periods of reduced dance activity. The benefit to the dance community will be a better understanding of pre-professional dancer’s training needs. 

Participants needed:

Undergraduate, declared dance majors with a focus in dance performance or choreography. Volunteers that have experienced injury or illness within the past 30-days that inhibited normal dance or exercise activity will be excluded due to the nature of the survey questions. 

What participants will be asked to do:

Participants will be asked to complete one brief questionnaire which will take no more than ten minutes of time. 

How to participate:

To participate in this study please follow the link below. You will first see a standard letter of consent which will provide further details about the study, followed by the short questionnaire.

Your participation in this research is much appreciated! If you have any questions about this study please feel free to reach out to me by my contact information below.


Jessica Reidy MA candidate Applied Physiology

Teachers College, Columbia University 631-332-8026

IRB # 21-092

Undergraduate Calendar

*Before dropping any BFA core curriculum courses, please email Syde Orange*

Academic Resources

Visit the Rutgers Learning Center website to learn more about the Academic Success Workshops offered this semester

Rutgers Writing Center

Dean of Students

On-Campus Services

Rutgers Dinning Services

  • Requests to add, change, or cancel your meal plan for the Spring 2021 semester can now be made online. The last day to reduce or cancel your meal plan is Tuesday, February 2, 2021.
  • Busch Dinning Hall
    • Main Serving Area (enter through the main entrance)
      • Weekdays 10am – 6pm
    • Mobile Ordering
      • Weekdays 10am – 6pm
    • Takeout Area Only (entrance through dinner takeout)
      • Weekends 11am – 6pm
      • On Saturday and Sunday, only the dinner takeout entrance will be open. Please call 848.445.4253 with any questions.
  • Kilmer’s Market – Busch (near the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Building)
    • Weekdays 9am – 8pm
    • Weekends 10am – 6pm
  • Cafe West – College Avenue (Located in the Rutgers Academic Building)

Rutgers Libraries

  • Building Access
    • Study areas at Alexander (College Ave)Library of Science and Medicine (Busch), and Carr (Livingston) are open to current Rutgers faculty/staff/students
    • You’ll need to show Rutgers ID and register with security; visits are limited to 2 hours
    • Occupancy is limited, mandated by state guidelines, and will be enforced by security personnel
    • You must wear a mask and maintain social distancing. No eating or drinking is permitted.
    • Any student, faculty, or staff who will be entering a Rutgers building is expected to obtain a Campus Pass available at prior to entry
    • The first hour of opening is reserved for at-risk individuals. Thank you for showing courtesy to others.
  • Computing, Printing, Scanning
    • OIT labs are open and offer printing and scanning
    • Occupancy is limited, mandated by state guidelines, and will be enforced by OIT staff
    • Poster printing is currently unavailable

Rutgers Transportation

Rutgers Campus & Community Newsletter

The Campus and Community newsletter features various different events and programs offered at Rutgers and in the surrounding area. Check out this months newsletter that has Featured Stories, Rutgers Resources, Community Resources, and Events AroundTown,

Financial Aid, Registrar, and Student Accounting Services

For assistance with Financial Aid, Registrar, and Student Accounting, please contact a Student Services Advisor using the following forms:

Financial Aid
Student Accounting

Students can call Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. by using the following numbers:
Financial Aid: 848-932-7057
Student Accounting: 848-932-2254

myGuest Dashboard

The myGuest Dashboard is now available. This dashboard allows students to give parents, guardians, and third parties access to view content and services related to their experience at the university, such as class schedules, financial aid awards, and their term bills. While the university is offering this service, access will not be granted without the student’s permission due to the protection of student rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Learn more and how to sign up an authorized user here