Rutgers Community Arts

Dance

IMPORTANT

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.

The Rutgers Community Arts Ballet School promotes discipline and creativity while encouraging each child to reach their highest potential as young dancers. Classes focus on building a solid foundation in ballet technique with an emphasis on proper placement and safe progressions of movement while remaining sensitive to the developmental needs of young dancers at every level.

Classes are divided by age and level of experience and are rooted in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum (NTC), which draws on elements from the classic French, Italian, and Russian schools of training. Our experienced faculty take the NTC guidelines and expand it into a curriculum uniquely designed to best fit Community Arts students. Live accompaniment is featured in Saturday ballet classes. A contemporary dance elective is available.

Young dancers are introduced to New Jersey’s leading arts conservatory with all classes and performances taking place in the professional venues of Mason Gross School of the Arts. Faculty members teach within the Mason Gross collegiate program, and classroom assistants are current EdM (Dance Education) students.

Courses

Primary (ages 4–7)

Note: No formal evaluation is necessary; placement is determined by age.

Primary 1 classes introduce our youngest dancers to age-appropriate, beginning ballet exercises in an energetic, creative, and nurturing weekly 45-minute class with live piano accompaniment. Students gain fine motor dexterity through activities that encompass story-telling and creating, as well as activities related to children’s literature and number counting. Incorporating the use of fun colorful props such as scarves, floor dots, and flowers enhance these physical, cognitive, and creative skills.  Primary 1 students perform and participate in all school wide performances and events. Primary 1 is open enrollment and no prior experience is necessary.

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Young Dancer (ages 8-11)

Note: Placement is by faculty evaluation. Please contact Rutgers Community Arts to schedule a trial class.

The Young Dancer level introduces barre work and builds a strong technical and artistic foundation by focusing on alignment, placement, balance, flexibility, musicality and strength through age-appropriate progressions. Students work carefully to build the fundamentals of alignment and the muscular development needed to advance into the upper division levels, where young dancer material is refined and expanded upon. Dancers will take two ballet classes a week. Young Dancer students are also offered an optional contemporary technique class in addition to their ballet technique classes. Young Dancer students perform and participate in all school wide performances and events. Students must take a trial class to determine class placement. At the end of the year, dancers will take part in an assessment class to provide feedback on their progress throughout the year, adjudicated by Mason Gross Dance faculty.

Junior Conservatory (ages 12-14)

Note: Placement is by faculty evaluation. Please contact Rutgers Community Arts to schedule a trial class.

The Junior Conservatory level introduces more complex barre work and builds a strong technical and artistic foundation by focusing on alignment, placement, balance, flexibility, musicality and strength through age-appropriate progressions. Students explore more complex pirouettes and allegro steps, and use of port de bras with a defined sense of épaulement. Students in this level will be preparing for pointe work, and may begin pointe work during the academic year when ready. More information about pointe shoes and fittings will be given later on in the year. Dancers will take three ballet classes a week. Junior Conservatory students are invited to participate in an optional contemporary technique class in addition to their ballet technique classes. Junior Conservatory students perform and participate in all school wide performances and events. Students must take a trial class to determine class placement. At the end of the year, dancers will take part in an assessment class to provide feedback on their progress throughout the year, adjudicated by Mason Gross Dance faculty.

Pre-College Conservatory (ages 14-18)

Note: Placement is by faculty evaluation.  Please contact Rutgers Community Arts to schedule a trial class.

The Pre-College Conservatory (PCC) level, is the highest level and is a comprehensive program designed for students who seek to build artistic acuity and technical endurance while preparing for college dance programs and careers in dance.  Pre-College Conservatory students learn and perform classical repertory in addition to ballet technique and pointe classes.  Students in this level are invited to participate in an optional Contemporary Technique class as well as a new elective Classical Variations class.  Dancers also have the option of supplementing their dance training with semi-private classes on the Pilates Reformer.  PCC students perform and participate in all school wide performances and events.  At the end of the year, dancers will take part in an assessment class to provide feedback on their progress throughout the year, adjudicated by Mason Gross Dance faculty.  Students must take a trial class to determine appropriate class placement.

Contemporary (ages 12-18)

Note: No formal evaluation necessary.

Contemporary introduces dancers to modern dance technique, creative expression, improvisation, and choreography. This elective course adds a new dimension to the dancer’s ballet studies. This class is open to students outside of our school as well. Contemporary students will perform and participate in all schoolwide performances and events.

Uniforms

Dancers are asked to purchase their uniforms by contacting Arena Dance & BodywearWhen purchasing uniforms, please mention that your student is a dancer at Rutgers Community Arts, as well as the level of instruction. All dancers have a choice of any style leotard in the color of their level. Please contact us if you are unable to pick up your uniform from the store, as we may be able to have your uniform delivered to Rutgers campus with prior planning.

Arena Dance & Bodywear
Website: https://www.arenadanceapparel.com/
Phone: 609-584-1515

Dance Faculty

Erika Mero
Director of Rutgers Community Arts Ballet
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Peggy Petteway
Part-Time Lecturer
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Kiana Rosa-Fischer
Dance Instructor
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