Shout-outs & Alumni Updates

Undergraduate News

Congrats to Mason Gross Dance students Jessica Michal and Julia Foti, and alumni Alicia Giglio, Kandice PointduJour, Nikki Manx, Lisa Peluso–plus Charly Santagado & Eriel Santagado, both #Rutgers graduates with dance minors–who all showed work at Dance New Jersey‘s “Show Up & Dance” video program celebrating the dances of 2020.

2021 ACDA National Screendance Festival


Congratulations to Julia Foti for her film submission success!

On Saturday, 1/23, at 8pm, “母老虎 Tigress” was presented at Dance New Jersey’s Show Up and Dance.  Most recently, “母老虎 Tigress” was also selected to present in Earl Mosely’s “Dance is Activism” Festival. The festival is a five day event taking place February 21st-25th.

Earl Mosely’s “Dance is Activism” film festival. On Feb 21st & 22nd at 7:30 pm. On the 21st there will also be an “artist talk back” after the performance. Here is the link for ticket and show info: 

Dance MFA News

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Dance EdM News

Faculty member, Cristina Marte presented with Dance Education EdM 2nd year students Brianna Brathwaite and Laura de la Garza Noble at the Dance New Jersey Festival 2021 on Sunday, January 24th. Our virtual workshop was titled “New Year, Fresh Ideas: Keeping the Virtual Dance Classroom Alive” sharing interactive lesson ideas that integrate the role of play in learning and can be manipulated for any grade level and population.

Congratulations to this years NHSDA Inductees

Alumni News

KMC // Colored viewing party through February 28th

“Colored” 2019 BAM Next Wave Festival, performers Oluwadamilare Ayorinde, Myssi Robinson and Kyle Marshall
Photo: David Gonsier, Description: Three black performs in white and exposed skin have their arms shaped in the air with a hip bump

Beginning today, and in celebration of Black History Month, KMC will be releasing the performance recording of COLORED from BAM’s 2019 Next Wave Festival! They’re offering COLORED through February 28th, and it is a pay-what-you-wish event. No amount is too small. 100% of ticket sales will directly support Kyle Marshall Choreography, our artists, and collaborators by providing them with equitable payment for their upcoming ensemble work.

Commissioned, in part, by the Dance on the Lawn Montclair Dance Festival, EMoves: Harlem Stage, and Jersey (New) Moves at NJPAC, COLORED navigates the beautifully twisted spectrum of blackness that dance artists Oluwadamilare Ayorinde, Kyle Marshall, and Myssi Robinson regularly embody. As three black artists from varied backgrounds, their work together in the studio led to conversations on tokenism, appropriation, stereotype, and representation. COLORED is a filter for these thoughts and a celebration of cultural variation. Thank you to the wonderful folks at BAM for making this video release possible!

To grab your ticket for the virtual watch party, please follow this link. Note: once you complete the RSVP form, you will be directed to a corresponding payment form via Payable. Please follow the instructions to submit your payment and then proceed to your email inbox, where you should receive a confirmation, along with the video link. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email at

Mason Gross Dance Alum Myssi Robinson has been featured in this month’s Dance Magazine. “I am developing a relationship to my profession that is simultaneously more critical and more generous.” Check out the full article below.

Congrats to MFA alum Ashton Waldron, who premiered a new screendance, “Wait and See,” in the inaugural Stay Home Film Festival, a virtual expression of the quarantine experience through movement on film. Watch it at the link (first film in the video)

BFA alums Daniel Costa and Javier Padilla (in collaboration with BFA alum Elyse Mertz), have been commissioned to create dance films for Seattle’s CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work Contemporary Dance Festival.

BFA dance alum Nayaa Opong was featured in New York Times (Dec. 27) in the Arts & Leisure section, in a photo and caption leading to a story about the best arts photography of 2020. I’ve attached screenshots of the digital edition of the Times.
The photo of Nayaa appears in an article of best-of arts photos, as well:

Kyle Marshall Choreography’s newest virtual commission by DanceForceNY and Operation Unite NY, Hudson (2020). This new digital dance was directed and edited by myself and features KMC performers Oluwadamilare Ayorinde, Bria Bacon, Mimi Gabriel, Myssi Robinson, with sound by collaborator Kwami Winfield. You can view Hudson December 27th through January as a part of Operation Unite NY’s Day 2 Kwanzaa Celebration.

Faculty & Staff News

Julia M. Ritter’s book, Tandem Dances: Choreographing Immersive Performance, was published by Oxford University Press in November 2020. 
Tandem Dances was reviewed by dance critic Eva Yaa Asantewaa in Imaginings: A Gibney Journal, published by the Gibney Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, New York, New York, on1/26/2021.

Pam Tanowitz Dance brings a double bill of works to The Joyce Theater (streaming on-demand through Dec. 26 at, “Gustave Le Gray, No. 2” with music by Caroline Shaw, and a new site-specific work “Finally Unfinished: Part 1” with music by Ted Hearne. This new work, created in collaboration with her dancers while in quarantine via Zoom, is the second iteration of Tanowitz’s site-specific dances and will take place throughout the empty Joyce Theater. 

The program is a critic’s pick this week in the New York Times: Review: Finding Hope in an Unfinished Pam Tanowitz Premiere

Congratulations to Pam Tanowitz & Kiri Avelar

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Jerome Robbins Dance Division will hold its annual symposium on Friday, January 29, 2021. Dance and Immigration: A Symposium Beyond Boundaries features the culminating projects from this year’s cohort of Dance Research Fellows, which includes MFA alum Kiri Avelar and faculty member Pam Tanowitz.

More at

 Embodied Truth Dance Film Review – Kimani Fowlin

“This winter, Cooperative Performance Milwaukee presents a surprisingly deep, little video package on the topic. Embodied Truth: Finding Ways to Move Together. It’s a mixture of dance, spoken word and candid first-person stories that packs one hell of a lot into a beautifully concise, little half-hour package.” Read more of the review HERE

An exploration of the #metoo and #blacklivesmatter landscape, EMBODIED TRUTH: FINDING WAYS TO MOVE TOGETHER examines parenting through the lenses of gender and race. This work draws on the stories of the performers – all parents themselves – combining dance, spoken word, and storytelling to honor the blessings and burdens of being a parent.

This production will be presented as an online video dance, available to stream on-demand via Vimeo from November 13th, 2020 to February 7th, 2021. (Run-time is approximately 30 minutes.)

For all announcements, please email