dance

From the Chair & Artistic Director

Julia RitterWelcome to the Department of Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  I’m happy to introduce you to a dynamic and nurturing community of dance artists whose collaborative and multi-dimensional practices ignite imaginations, challenge thinking and shape artistic visions.

Our conservatory curriculum fosters excellence at the intersection of dance performance, creative achievement and research inquiry.  Just 45 minutes from New York City, we are located on the beautiful Douglass Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey, which offers a rich college experience within reach of major metropolitan areas where you can explore a multitude of cultural and professional opportunities.  Being at Rutgers means you also study at a leading national research university with access to an incredible diversity of courses and a myriad of intellectual pursuits while studying with professors of the highest caliber. Within the Department of Dance, our professional and renowned faculty provides superb instruction merging theory with practice, and our low student-to-faculty ratios offer supportive, one-to-one mentoring.  Specialized tracks in choreography and performance, dance production, and dance education offer you opportunities to explore a variety of options within one setting.  Plus, our new junior year study abroad programs offer the chance to further expand your horizons into the professional world.

Dancers honing their craft…in class, in rehearsal and in performance

Researchers exploring ideas…in collaboration with one another and other disciplines

Guest artists sharing their creative process…offering insight into the professional world

Come see for yourself!  Your visit to the department is welcomed and encouraged, so come for the day and see us in action, in class and in performance. Our dance concerts showcase our student’s creativity as choreographers and as interpretive artists in the work of international guest artists. We are happy to host you and offer insider glimpses to the intensive nature of our professional program.

Fundamentally, we know you are excited about university training helping you soar as a fully informed artist and individual.  You are looking to advance your artistry by enriching your dancing, and exploring your own creative and scholarly research.  I am excited for the future too—the field of dance continues to expand, offering all of us who love movement and the embodiment of knowledge new opportunities to generate new ideas and make new discoveries.  Dance at Rutgers will help you find the tools and gain the skills necessary to impact the field of dance. 

Join us, and enter a world of passion and potential.

—Julia Ritter, Chair and Artistic Director

For tours of the Dance Department: dance@masongross.rutgers.edu