Rutgers Community Arts

Classes for Adults


Rutgers University has approved the return of Rutgers Community Arts programs to campus for the fall 2021 semester!

Masking and social distancing is required of the full RCA community, including students, parents, faculty, and staff. In-person office visits are currently by appointment only. Please call or email us to be added to the Rutgers visitor log ahead of your appointment. Thank you for your patience and continued support of the arts through this unprecedented time.

Registration is now open for classes and private lessons, both online and in-person.

Join the vibrant artistic community of Mason Gross School of the Arts! Learn new skills, hone your talents, explore new art forms, styles, and cultures – all under the guidance of faculty from the state’s premier arts conservatory.

Integrated Dance & Movement Class for Neurodivergent Teens and Adults

This dance/movement class uses dance steps from many movement genres, including hip-hop, jazz, contemporary and ballet, music from many genres, visual imagery, and creativity to encourage neurodivergent participants to be in the moment. Our goal is for participants to experience movement that stimulates the mind and the body in a safe and supportive environment.


Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty

Cristina Marte
Interim Director, EdM Program in Dance Education

Polestar Pilates Mat Teacher Training

Polestar Pilates is an industry leader in research-based Pilates practice. In the training, participants learn how to embody, plan, and teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced Pilates sessions to meet the varied needs of fitness clients in private, semi-private, and group fitness settings. Topics include client fitness screenings; Polestar principles of movement (an online course taught by Polestar founder Dr. Brent Anderson); Polestar lesson design and sequencing; movement cueing (verbal, imagery, tactile); and movement precautions and their modifications for special populations.

Saturdays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Fee: $2,750 (includes Online Polestar Principles of Movement course) $2,500 (without Online Polestar Principles of Movement course – only for students who have previously completed the Polestar Principles of Movement Course)

Note: Payment plans available

  • PRE-PILATES MAT 1: September 11, 18, 25; October 2
  • MAT 1: October 9, 16, 23, 30
  • MAT 2: November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11

For more information, contact Frederick Curry.


Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty

Cristina Marte
Interim Director, EdM Program in Dance Education

Lila Flow Teacher Training

June 1–30, 2022, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Instructors: Blair Ritchie, E-RYT 500, Taryn Vander Hoop, MFA, E-RYT 500
Tuition: $2,500 before May 1 (50% deposit required) | $2,750 after

*Early Registration Deadline: May 1. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the program:

The Dance Department of Mason Gross School of the Arts, in cooperation with Rutgers Recreation Services, and Rutgers Community Arts, is now offering 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Registered Teacher Training and Certification via Lila Flow Yoga.

Lila Flow 200-hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training is an immersive program designed to elicit knowledgeable, inspired, and compassionate yoga teachers. We provide the tools to create intelligent and anatomically driven classes and encourage you to develop your individual style through playfulness and creativity. We have students creating and teaching from day one, so by the end of the training you are prepared to step into the seat of the Teacher with confidence and grace. Our curriculum builds sequentially to support your growth, while challenging you to embody the philosophy of yoga in your daily life, both on and off the mat.

“I completed the Lila Flow Yoga Teacher Training this past Summer! It was the best thing I could’ve done for my physical and mental health at such uncertain times. Having just graduated with a BFA in Dance, this yoga teacher training gave me another type of physical and spiritual education that has allowed me to grow as a person and artist. I have practiced yoga since I was ten years old, but this training has given me a much needed and deeper understanding of what yoga is about. I’ll be forever grateful for this experience!” – Leah Hansen, Lila Flow YTT at Rutgers University Graduate, 2020

Built into the training is the opportunity to continue your studies with Lila Flow Yoga. We have an online platform for all of our students to gain experience teaching if they wish to join, lifetime free enrollment in The Authentic Teacher, a virtual Pilates Mat training, an opportunity to co-teach in Love Surf Yoga retreats and assist during future Lila Flow YTTs abroad.

  • Alignment and anatomy of the physical and energetic body
  • Art of assisting and adjustments
  • Ayurveda
  • Business of Yoga
  • Introduction to Sanskrit
  • Lila Yoga Sequencing- Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Creativity
  • Meditation
  • Practice Teaching and Mentorship
  • Pranayama
  • The Chakras
  • Yoga Philosophy – The Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras

Taryn Vander Hoop

Blair Ritchie
Part-Time Lecturer