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The Soma Center

Welcome to the Soma Center, the wellness, conditioning, and Pilates studio for the Department of Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. The center, which opened its doors in fall 2012, is a fully renovated, state-of-the-art facility for somatic training located in the lower level of the Nicholas Music Center on the Douglass Campus. It offers B.F.A., B.A., and Ed.M. Dance majors a space to train in private, duet, and quartet Pilates apparatus sessions and Alexander Technique under the supervision of certified instructors. The center is also the home of the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Program, the first evidence-based comprehensive Pilates teacher training program to be offered in higher education that meets the standards of the Pilates Method Alliance. Dance majors can also work independently to cross-train on cardio, balance, and free-weight equipment. The Soma Center is used as a learning center by Dance faculty for kinesiology, anatomy, yoga, Laban Movement Analysis, and Bartenieff Fundamentals.   

The mission of the Soma Center is to provide quality, motion-specific training to Dance majors so that they can cross-train, learn how to ward off common dance injuries, maintain their conditioning while recovering from injuries, and heal at a faster rate when injured. The Soma Center offers Dance majors opportunities to augment and enhance their technical and artistic growth through progressive attention to principles of movement integration, body-mind awareness, and neuromuscular education in a variety of movement contexts.

Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Dancers in the Edm, BFA, BA, and dance minor programs can receive athletic and wellness training with Hollie Palmisano, certified athletic trainer, from 8 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays. Learn more about Hollie here.