Rutgers Community Arts

Dance

Rutgers Community Arts Dance promotes discipline and creativity while encouraging each child to reach their highest potential as young dancers. Ballet classes focus on building a solid foundation in 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. Diverse styles of dance are offered in a variety of movement practices for students ages 12 and up, aimed at developing and broadening skills that are reflective of the ever-changing field of dance.

Ballet 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.

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.

 

Courses

Primary 1 (ages 4–5)

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

Primary classes introduce our youngest dancers to age-appropriate, beginning ballet exercises in an energetic, creative, and nurturing weekly class. 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 is open enrollment and no prior experience is necessary.

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Primary 2 (ages 6–7)

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

Primary classes introduce our youngest dancers to age-appropriate, beginning ballet exercises in an energetic, creative, and nurturing weekly class. 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 is open enrollment and no prior experience is necessary.

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Young Dancer (ages 8-11)

Placement is by faculty evaluation. Please contact our office 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.

 

Junior Conservatory (ages 12-14)

Placement is by faculty evaluation. Please contact our office 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 epaulement. Students in this level will be preparing for pointe work. More information about pointe shoes and fittings will be given later on in the year.

Dancers will take classes on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in Ballet, Pre-Pointe, and Progressive Ballet Techniques. Junior Conservatory students will 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.

 

Pre-College Conservatory (ages 14-18)

Placement is by faculty evaluation.  Please contact our office 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.

Dancers will take classes on Monday, Friday, and Saturday in Ballet, Pointe, and Progressive Ballet Techniques. PCC students will 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.

 

Contemporary (ages 12-18)

No formal evaluation necessary.

Contemporary introduces dancers to modern dance technique, creative expression, improvisation, and choreography. This elective course is open to Junior level and Pre-College Conservatory dancers, as well as those not participating in the Ballet curriculum. Contemporary students will perform and participate in all schoolwide performances and events.

Pilates (ages 13-18)

Enhance your conditioning with Pilates classes, led by instructor Kiana Rosa-Fischer. The goal of this Somatic practice is to provide quality, motion-specific training to dancers 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.

 

Bachata (ages 12-18)

Bachata is a Latin dance style which originated in the Dominican Republic. During this class, students will learn the different rhythms and footwork that are followed when dancing this style. As in most social dances, Bachata is most commonly danced in a freestyle manner. With this in mind, this class will also strengthen improvisation skills through utilizing Bachata movements in on-the-spot creation activities.

 

Mexican Folkloric Dance (ages 12-18)

During this class, students will focus on the rhythmic patterns and footwork that are a signature of Mexican Folkloric dance. Students will also work on storytelling skills through movement, and will learn the history of the development of folkloric dance in Mexico as well as where this artform can be seen in the world nowadays.

 

Hip-Hop (ages 12-18)

This class will provide dancers with the history of hip-hop as a culture as well as hip-hop dance. Dancers will learn the basics of a variety of hip-hop styles such as House, Voguing, Whacking, Popping, Locking, Breaking, Krump, Party Dance, and many more. We will dive into the differences of styles within the hip-hop umbrella and will combine these skills in both choreography and improvisation.

 

Dance and Movement for Neurodivergent Teens and Adults (ages 17+)

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.

 

 

 

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 the Rutgers campus with prior planning.

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

Dance Faculty

Laura de la Garza Noble
Dance Instructor
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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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Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty
Part Time Lecturer
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