Rutgers Community Arts

Classes for Adults

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Dance and Movement for Neurodivergent Teens and Adults

Ages: 17+

Purpose and Goals: This  dance/movement class uses dance steps and music from many genres, including hip-hop, jazz, contemporary and ballet, 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, supportive environment.

Schedule: 10 classes, consecutive Saturdays, September 17–October 15, 2022 and November 5–December 10, 2022

2 Sessions:

Session I, 5 classes: September 17 and 24; October 1, 8 and 15; (2 weeks break: October 22 and 29)

Session II, 5 classes: November 5, 12, and 19; (Thanksgiving break: Nov. 26); December 3 and 10, 2022

Time: 1-2 pm; Studio opens at 12:45 pm; please allow time to sign-in. Class starts promptly at 1 pm; please be prepared to exit by 2:15 pm; thank you!

Population: Individuals ages 17-21; class size limited to 12 participants.

Note 1: Up to 12 care/support partners in any one class are also welcome.

Note 2: All classes are taught in accordance with Rutgers and CDC-informed COVID-19 frameworks for health and safety, including masking and social distancing.

Location: Goetz Movement Studio, Mortensen Hall, 2nd floor, 85 George Street, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (stair and elevator access).

Directions: Enter at Mortensen Hall (entrance to the right). Walk through the first set of double-doors; go through the second set of double-doors. An ADA-access elevator is immediately to your left. As you exit the elevator on the 2nd floor, turn left and the Goetz Studio entrance is the first set of doors on your left. After the second set of double door, stairs to Goetz Studio on the second floor are immediately in front. Upstairs, please turn left for Goetz Studio entrance.

ADA-accessible parking available: Enter driveway to Performing Arts Center; turn left to enter parking lots. Drop-off at the circle is available. Six (6) spaces are adjacent to Mortensen Hall. Additional ADA-accessible parking available in Parking Lots 79 and 79A.

Instructor: Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty, PhD; Natalie has been teaching dance education for 30 years, creating summer, after-school, and community programs for children and adults who are neurodivergent. She strives to offer students an introductory class that motivates the whole person and encourages creative expression.