Shout-outs & Alumni Updates

Undergraduate News

Have news that you would like to share with the Department? Email your news to Syde Orange at sorange@mgsa.rutgers.edu

Dance MFA News

Have news that you would like to share with the Department? Email your news to Syde Orange at sorange@mgsa.rutgers.edu

Dance EdM News

Have news that you would like to share with the Department? Email your news to Syde Orange at sorange@mgsa.rutgers.edu

Alumni News

Congratulations to BFA, BA, and Dance Minor Alums on their successful outdoor performance this past weekend!

Congratulations to BFA alum and Bessie award winning artist,

Kyle Marshall

Kyle Marshall is the recipient of a 2020 Dance Magazine Award! 

Kyle will receive the Harkness Promise Award, which is given to “innovative young choreographers in their first decade of presenting professional work.”
Dance Magazine‘s December issue will be dedicated to all the 2020 award-winning artists. A virtual celebratory ceremony will be held on Monday, December 7, with performances and presentations for each honoree. 
https://www.dancemagazine.com/dance-magazine-awards-2647643396.html?rebelltitem=8#rebelltitem8

Congratulations to BFA Dance Alumna Damani Alfreida (aka Van Rensalier), who produced, choreographed four works for and also performed in this amazing Festival on Saturday, September 26! Dance department alumni were well represented! Camille Moten (MFA) and Ariana Speight (BFA) performed in the last number, “Brand New Day”–also choreographed by Damani–and Cassie Roberts Rossi (EdM) had many students from her school who also performed.

Congratulations to Kiri Avelar (MFA ’19) for being awarded that NYPL fellowships for July 1 – December 31, 2020. Kiri’s will be working on extending her MFA written thesis materials on discovering the Latinx sources of modern/contemporary dance histories.

Congratulations to Nayaa Opong (BFA ’19) for being featured in The New York Times s. Nayaa is a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and is dancing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Bill T., in conversation with the work “Our Labyrinth” by Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei.

Faculty & Staff News

Thrilled to announce that the Dance | Parkinsonsfilm, a collaboration between Mason Gross Dance Department, and the Rutgers Documentary Film Center was chosen for special recognition by curatorial team of the Austin Dance Festival – the film was deemed the Community Impact favorite for the 2020 festival. 
Kudos to Jeff Friedman, Dance & Parkinson’s Program Director, Tom Lennon, the film’s Director, and all the collaborating student filmmakers! 

CONGRATULATIONS to Jessie Young for joining the faculty for ADF! You can read all about the series HERE

 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.)

Congratulations to Dance faculty member PAM TANOWITZ, who has been named a 2020 DORIS DUKE ARTIST! These awards are meant to “invest in exemplary individual artists in contemporary dance, jazz and theater work who have demonstrated their artistic vitality and ongoing commitment to their field.” 

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents Pam Tanowitz Dance, streamed live from the Annenberg Center on Thursday, October 15, at 7 p.m. 
The program contains two works, Gustave Le Gray, No. 2, with choreography by Pam Tanowitz, music by Caroline Shaw and performed by Amy Yang, costume design by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung; and the world premiere of Annenberg Solos: Sites 1-4. Dancers are Jason Collins, Christine Flores, Zachary Gonder, and Victor Lozano. A live Q&A, incorporating questions from the audience, will be included in the show.

More at Broadwayworld.com.

Dance Magazine: Meet the 2020 Doris Duke Artists

Congratulations to Barbara Angeline, who was featured in Rutgers Today discussing how our students are staying engaged in Jazz Dance. 


Also, a piece performed by Barbara’s company, Hysterika Jazz Dance, was selected by NYC Jazz Choreography Enterprises for their “Replay” series. eat Crow is being featured for two weeks on their website, starting today. BFA Dance Alums Emily Funicello and Madeline Warriner were in the cast!
http://www.jazzchoreography.com/

This past weekend Faculty member, Kimani Fowlin, along with several alumni: Alex Biegelson, Charly Santagado, Robert Mark Burke, Kyle Marshall, Lauren Connolly, Javier Padilla, Oluwadamilare “Dare” Ayorinde and Jessica Totaro works were shown at the Dance On The Lawn Virtual Festival

Congratulations to faculty member Pam Tanowitz for her upcoming premiere with New York City Ballet! 


New York City Ballet announced the launch of its digital fall season from September 28 to October 31. Pam will premiere a new work—her second creation for NYCB— as part of the Festival of New Choreography, from October 27 to 31 at 8 p.m.
All digital performances will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and the NYCB hompeage. 
More info: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/New-York-City-Ballet-Announces-Digital-Fall-Season-20200910

Dan Siegler’s Concrète Jungle premiered at the Works & Progress at The Guggenheim as part of their (WPA) Virtual Commissions Series. In addition, Dan has been selected as a 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP/UCLA)!

Kimani Fowlin, a co-host of the new Black Dance Stories Series, was featured in The New York Times. Black Dance Stories, described by NYC-Arts, “is consistent with the tradition of Black artists finding a way for their voices to be heard during turbulent times. When civil, moral, and social freedoms are challenged and at times stifled, Black artists find ways to use their talents as activism. Black Dance Stories upholds, highlights, and celebrates Black creatives.”

Congratulations to Pam Tanowitz for being awarded that NYPL fellowships for July 1 – December 31, 2020. Pam will be working on Songs of Songs, and Jewish folk dance forms, to complete her current choreography trilogy

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.

Alumni News

Congratulations to Kiri Avelar (MFA ’19) for being awarded that NYPL fellowships for July 1 – December 31, 2020. Kiri’s will be working on extending her MFA written thesis materials on discovering the Latinx sources of modern/contemporary dance histories.

Congratulations to Nayaa Opong (BFA ’19) for being featured in The New York Times s. Nayaa is a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and is dancing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Bill T., in conversation with the work “Our Labyrinth” by Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei.

For all announcements, please email dance@mgsa.rutgers.edu