Shout-outs & Alumni Updates

Undergraduate News

MGSA Broadway Jazz Dance “Showing”

Congrats to rising BFA Junior, Judah Marble for teaching a wellness class for NJPAC’s In Your Livingroom

Dance EdM News

Congratulations to our EdM in Dance Education students, Jordan Pratko & Patricia Statkiewicz who are two of this year’s recipients of the Graduate School of Education (GSE) Nancy Higginson Dorr Award. The award was established to honor graduating GSE students who “through their academic work and clinical performance, have distinguished themselves as being among the very finest beginning teachers.”

Faculty & Staff News

Congratulations to Chien-Ying Wang for being promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure!

EdM Professor Joanna Brotman was invited to participate in the Global Connection Webinar “Transformation of Crisis in Coronavirus Pandemic – Chinese and Global Perspectives”. Hosted in Beijing and Shanghai on April 5th, the Webinar was presented by the International Association of Creative Arts Somatic Education (IACASE) and the Creative Arts Education and Therapy (CAET) journal. One hundred art educators and therapists were selected from around the world, including Italy, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Canada and the U.S., to share their experiences as an international professional community. This unique event explored ways to cultivate resilience though intercultural exchange and solidarity using dance, visual art, poetry, and music.

Alumni News

BFA Alumna, Aanyse Pettiford-Chandler (’19) was featured on the newspaper cover! Read up on how Nimbus Dance Works looks forward in a COVID-19 world

Dance Alumni: Shakira Barrera, Maria Volpe and Damani Van Rensailer give a virtual welcome to the Class of 2024

Dance Department Scholarship Announcements

Josè is the recipient of the Hanya Holm Award. This endowment award was established by renowned modern dance pioneer Hanya Holm to recognize outstanding work in dance by a BFA junior or senior in the Department of Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Jessica is the recipient of The Florence Schnepf Domeshek Memorial Merit Award. This endowment award was established in honor of Florence Schnepf Domeshek, who served as the first business manager of Mason Gross School of the Arts for 21 years, and who herself embodied the qualities governing this award: dedication, excellence, and creativity.

Gillian is receiving the Dance Department EdM Dance Education Student Scholarship which is presented to a graduating BFA student continuing in the fifth year of the EdM program who has demonstrated artistic and academic excellence and a record of service to the Mason Gross and Graduate School of Education community.

Cassidy is receiving the Dance Department EdM Dance Education Excellence Award, which is presented to a BFA rising senior accepted to the teacher certification program with the highest GPA, highest SAT or Praxis scores, and excellent progress in the EdM program

Imani and Jailyn have each been selected by the faculty of the Dance Department to receive the Margery J. Turner Choreography Prize. This prize was established by Margery J. Turner, the founder and first professor of the Mason Gross Dance Department. The Margery J. Turner Choreography Prize is awarded for works of exceptional choreography conceived and developed by BFA Dance majors in the Department of Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Keeping Up with our MFA in Dance students

GRAB YOUR POPCORN & GET COMFY! Check out MFA in Dance candidate, Ashton Waldron’s, MFA Thesis Creative Project, MeYouUs screendance

Congratulations to our first year MFA in Dance student, Merli V. Guerra for winning the “Best Experimental” award at the Europa Film Festival for her screendance film “The One I Keep” (2013). In addition, “The One I Keep” was also featured in an edition of WomenCinemakers in Berlin! Click on the link below to check out the screendance

To stay connected with Camille Moten, check out her website:

Congratulations MFAs on Motion: New Dance Works


Congratulations to the MFA choreographers: Kate, Kimberlee, Merli, Amber and Jessica who presented incredibly compelling, thoughtfully crafted and well-directed works, created in collaboration with dance majors, guest artists and community partners! We applaud you for your intensive exploration of issues of social justice through dance and performance. Enjoy your success and we look forward to seeing more of your work.

Congratulations to our BFA students who performed at ACDA

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Both Imani and Aaron’s pieces were performed in the Gala on Saturday night. In addition, Becky’s piece was wonderfully performed Friday on the Informal. Kudos to all!

Rutgers EdM Dance Education students participate in a workshop on Isadora Duncan dance technique and pedagogy led by Lori Belilove, Director of the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation.

Kim Elliott is a dance educator, choreographer, producer and dancer. A New York City native, Kim’s first love has always been Hip Hop and Street Dance. Although her training extends to other dance forms, she always uses Hip Hop and Street Dance Culture as a tool to inspire others and integrate underground and concert dance. As an educator and choreographer, Kim teaches full-time at The Beacon School, where she developed the dance curriculum and built a rigorous and culturally inclusive dance program that encourages versatility and promotes diversity. Kim is also the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Kim Elliott Dance.

In higher education, Kim has taught at New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, Sacred Heart University and Rutgers University. Kim has performed and choreographed at various venues including Madison Square Garden, Aaron Davis Hall, Peridance Capezio Center, NYU Skirball Theater, Beacon Theater, Frederick Loewe Theater, Radio City Music Hall, Alvin Ailey Studios, Edgerton Performing Arts Theater, The National Theater in Kampala, Uganda, and Jacob Javits Center for the Circle of Sisters Cultural Event. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Dance Educator award from the New York State Dance Education Association. Kim obtained her M.A. in Dance Education from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, where she was a recipient of the Outstanding Student in Dance Education award. Kim holds a K12 teaching certificate in New York state and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization.

Cristina Marte is an educator, artist, administrator, and advocate for dance and dance education. As a dance educator, Cristina taught at the Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools Performing Arts Academy where she took part in developing the dance curriculum and building the rigorous four-year dance program. She also developed and taught a full time dance program in Jersey City Public Schools for Kindergarten through 8th grade. She was a member of the State Model Curriculum Writing Team for Dance and a member of the Visual and Performing Arts Standards Revision Team for New Jersey. Cristina has been on faculty at Montclair State University Department of Theatre and Dance and Raritan Valley Community College. She also taught multiple dance residencies in New Jersey public schools throughout the state. Cristina’s most recent artist endeavors are choreographing for the productions of the Princeton Festival. She holds a teaching certificate in the state of New Jersey and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization. Starting her journey as a board member in 2005, Cristina was the Managing Director of Dance New Jersey from 2015 through 2019. She became the Executive Director in mid-2019. She received her B.F.A. in Dance from Montclair State University and her M.A. in Dance Education from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Cristina is honored to be joining the faculty of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and grateful for the opportunity to share her experience in the field of dance education with the future dance educators in the EdM Dance Education Program.

Congratulations to BFA Alumni Dare Ayorinde & Robert Mark Burke!

Dean Moss, interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator, visited Choreo 4 last Monday. He spoke about his career as a performer and choreographer, as well as topics surrounding identity and cultural appropriation.

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mignolo Upcoming Performances

  • JCAL’s First Friday Series: Friday, February 7 @ 8PM – Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Queens, NY