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About the Mason Gross Extension Division

With a mission to provide educational opportunities to participants of all ages and ability levels and to build community through the arts, the Mason Gross Extension Division offers comprehensive year-round educational opportunities for precollege and adult students. Students interact with distinguished New Jersey teaching artists to develop their practice and appreciation of the arts through programs in dance, filmmaking, music, musical theater, and visual arts.Courses of study are available for beginners, enthusiastic amateurs, and those with professional training.
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Extension Division Blog

Well it is official . . . The Mason Gross Extension Division has it's first blog! We are so excited to begin sharing things with you. Our posts will be a great way to follow through some of our topics of conversations and more. Be on the lookout for more information here.

The Mason Gross Extension Division Blog

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Tara Buzash is a pianist, composer, educator, and businesswoman who thrives on hard work, who loves what she does, and who has a long list of accomplishments to demonstrate a standard of excellence in all areas of her work. Buzash is driven by her desire to serve as well as to lead, and to connect in a meaningful way with those around her.
  • Courses Taught

    Jazz Piano

  • Education

    Rutgers University (Mason Gross School of the Arts), New Brunswick, NJ — M.M., 2013
    Lawrence University,Appleton,WI — B.A., 1999, Cum Laude
  • Awards

    May 2012 — Grand Prize Winner, New Jersey Arts Collective Student Composition Contest
    May 2011 — Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artist award winner,The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. Chosen as one of eight young female jazz pianists from around the world to perform on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
    2010-present — Watchfire Music Composer, New York, NY. Contracted to sell original piano/vocal arrangements of inspirational songs. 
    2010-2011 — Pee Wee Russell Jazz Scholarship recipient, Rutgers University

Public invited to observe free Young Artist Program Forums

The Extension Division welcomes the public to observe a lineup of workshops and master classes this year, which includes international teaching artists and Mason Gross faculty. The Young Artist Program Forums are free and open to the public—no tickets are required.


  • Education

    Manhattan School of Music, NYC - Bachelors of Music, specializing in performance

    Columbia University, NYC - MA  and EdM

  • Subjects Taught


Mason Gross Extension Division winter/spring open house, December 6

The Mason Gross Extension Division will hold a winter/spring open house on Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Douglass Campus in New Brunswick.

Studio Schedule

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Director of Ballet

  • Associated Programs

    Teaching Experience
    Huntington Center for Performing Arts Huntington, NY
    Ballet Faculty, August 2011 – Current
    Presented 20+ students for ABT-NTC ® Affiliate Examinations in levels Primary A – 3A.
    Experience teaching Pre-Primary through Level 5 (ages 3 – 18).
    Choreographed and staged excerpts from classical ballets for school showings and performances.
    Coached students privately for college admissions and summer intensive applications.
    The Bridge for Dance,  New York, NY
    Ballet Faculty, August 2011 – June 2013
    Primary ballet faculty member, experience with students ages 4 – 16.
    Taught beginner adult and teen ballet.
    Choreographed for school showings, recitals and performances.
    ABT’s DanceBermuda,   Hamilton, Bermuda
    Ballet Faculty, August 2011
    Guest faculty member for Children's Division and Upper Division technique, pointe class, and variations. 
    Acted as Ballet Mistress for final performance and assisted in staging of Coppélia Suites.
    The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT, New York, NY
    Guest Teacher, beginning March 2011
    Substitute teacher for Children’s Division technique classes.
    Choreographic and Staging Experience
    Long Island Ballet Theater,  Huntington, NY
    The Nutcracker, December 2012 – 2013
    Acted as Ballet Mistress.
    Staged and rehearsed Act I and Act II.
    Specialized in Children’s roles.
    Alice in Wonderland, May 2013
    Staged choreography by Christopher Fleming for Principal, Soloist, Corps de Ballet and children’s roles.
    Long Island Dance Consortium,  Huntington, NY
    La Lumière de la Jeunesse, June 2012
    Choreographed on six advanced female ballet dancers with music to variations on La Folia and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings     
    Coppélia Suites, June 2012
    Staged the “Friends” dance from Act I.
    Staged “Dance of the Hours” from Act III.
    Original choreography by Arthur Saint-Léon and Nicholas Sergeyev, original staging for American Ballet Theatre by Frederic Franklin.
    Administrative Experience
    Youth America Grand Prix,  New York, NY
    Executive Assistant, July 2013 – June 2014
    Direct Executive Assistant to Founder and Artistic Director.
    Maintained board relations, assisted in the scheduling and preparation for board, committee, donor meetings.
    Coordinated travel itineraries from various locations to multiple international galas and special events; including procurement of 01 and tourist visas for guest artists, judges and staff.
    New York City Ballet,  New York, NY
    Special Events Volunteer, 2011 – Current
    Volunteered at New York City Ballet Spring Gala 2012 – 2014, Fall Gala 2012 – 2013, and Annual Luncheons.
    Assisted the Associate Director with seating charts, table set up and floor management during event.
    New York City Ballet,  New York, NY
    The George Balanchine Trust (GBT) and New York Choreographic Institute (NYCI) Intern, Spring/Summer 2012
    Assisted NYCI Spring Session Showing and processed Fall Session applications.
    Maintained correspondence with GBT repetiteurs and filtered general GBT inquiries.
    American Ballet Theatre (ABT), New York, NY
    ABT II Intern, September 2010 – May 2011
    Assist on projects such as creating the 2011 Technical Rider, European Tour Book, and 2010-2011 expense books, backstage assistance at ABT II performances, assistance with The Royal Ballet School Exchange.
    The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT, New York, NY
    Part-time Administrative Assistant, September 2010 – August 2011
    Oversaw weekend administrative duties and prepared studios for class.
    ABT’s DanceBermuda,  Hamilton, Bermuda
    Administrative Coordinator and Ballet Faculty, August 2011
    Liaison between ABT administrative staff and members of the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda.           
    Assisted with registration, performance set-up, programming, scheduling, and communications.
  • Education

    New York University, New York, NY
    M.A. Dance Education, American Ballet Theatre Pedagogy ,  December 2010
    Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
    Distinctions: Society of Dance History Scholars, Pi Lambda Theta, Steinhardt Student Spotlight
    Utah Valley University, Orem, UT
    B.F.A Dance, Ballet Performance, School of the Arts, April 2009
    Distinctions: Cum Laude, Member of Utah Regional Ballet II, Repertory Ballet Ensemble, Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, National Conference of Undergraduate Research
    American Ballet Theatre ® National Training Curriculum, New York, NY
    ABT® Affiliate Teacher, May 2013 – 2016
    Certified in Primary – Level 7 & Partnering.
    Graduate of ABT- NYU Master’s program.
  • Expertise

    Ballet instruction utilizing the renowned ABT National Training Curriculum.