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RUTGERS COMMUNITY ARTS

Summer Dance

Summer dance students receive specialized, age-appropriate mentorship by Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty. This summer, high school students enter our virtual Dance Conservatory, led by our talented dance faculty. Weekly virtual classes are also available for young dancers of all ages!

Rutgers Summer Dance Conservatory

Session 1: July 12–16, 2021, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Session 2: July 19–23, 2021, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Open to students ages 13–18
Cost: $395 per session

The Rutgers Summer Dance Conservatory invites high school dancers to sample the rigorous schedule of ballet and modern technique classes that Mason Gross School of the Arts collegiate students participate in daily. Participants develop skills under the guidance of MGSA faculty, and guest artists offer special workshops on topics such as dancer health, strength & flexibility, college admissions, and dance career path exploration.

Audition Information

Dancers will have two options to participate in online auditions for the Rutgers Summer Dance Conservatory. A registration here is required for one of the audition options.

Uniform Requirement for Live and Video Auditions:​ The​ dancer must be in tights and tight-fitting top or leotard that clearly enables the viewer to observe the​dancer’s technique. No skirts, no loose-fitting tee-shirts, no leg warmers, and no costumes.

Live Virtual Audition

April 10, 2021 12:00–1:30 p.m.

Please register in order to attend this online group audition. This virtual class will be held via Zoom. Dancers will be notified of their audition results within one week after the audition by the program director.

The ​audition​ will consist of a 45-minute ballet class and 45-minute modern class.

  • No pre-prepared solos or​ videos are required.
  • No pointe will be required

 

Video Submission Audition

Video audition submissions will be accepted until June 28. Dancers will be notified of their audition results within one week after the submission is received.

Requirements

Videos ​must be less than 10 minutes in length. You only need to perform one side of each exercise. The entire ​dancer should be visible throughout the​ video​ (no close-ups) and must include the components listed below:

  • Begin your ​video ​by stating your name, age, and date of birth.
  • Perform one side of each of the following exercises to musical accompaniment:
    • Barre
      • Plie
      • Tendu
      • Adagio
      • Grand Battement
    • Center
    • Adagio
    • Pirouettes
    • Petit Allegro
    • Grand Allegro
  • For Men
    • Two turning combinations
    • Tours en l’air
    • Petit Allegro with beats
  • A Prepared Solo:​ The solo may be original choreography or from standard repertory. It should demonstrate the​dancer’s artistic qualities and flow of movement. The solo may be ballet or modern.​ Dancers who have both a ballet and modern solo prepared may include both on their recording.

Note: ​Pointe work is not required as part of the​ video​ audition.

When ready, upload your​ video ​to your ​own personal​ YouTube​ Channel​ and email the channel URL to community.ballet@mgsa.rutgers.edu.

Sample Schedule

Monday–Friday

  • 9–10:30 a.m. Ballet
  • 10:30–11 a.m. Break
  • 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Hip Hop/Contemporary/Choreography/Workshop (alternates daily)
Faculty
Erika Mero
Director of Rutgers Community Arts Ballet
Dance
Community Arts
Email
Peggy Petteway
Part-Time Lecturer
Dance
Community Arts
Emailphone
Kiana Rosa-Fischer
Dance Instructor
Dance
Community Arts
Email
Kimberly Elliott
Assistant Professor
Dance
Email

Primary Ballet

July 3–August 21, 2021 (Saturdays) 10–11 a.m.
Open to students ages 4–7
Cost: $180

Primary Ballet 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. Students work carefully to build the fundamentals of alignment, placement, balance, balance, flexibility, musicality, and strength through age-appropriate progressions. 

Faculty
Erika Mero
Director of Rutgers Community Arts Ballet
Dance
Community Arts
Email

Young Dancer Ballet

July 3–August 21, 2021 (Saturdays) 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Open to students ages 8–10
Cost: $180

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.

Faculty
Erika Mero
Director of Rutgers Community Arts Ballet
Dance
Community Arts
Email

Junior Conservatory Ballet

July 2–August 20, 2021 (Fridays) 5–6 p.m.
Open to students ages 11–12
Cost: $180

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 epaulment.

Faculty
Erika Mero
Director of Rutgers Community Arts Ballet
Dance
Community Arts
Email

Pre-College Conservatory Ballet

June 30–August 18, 2021 (Wednesdays) 5–6 p.m.
Open to students ages 13–18
Cost: $180

The Pre-College Conservatory level is designed for students who seek to build artistic acuity and technical endurance while preparing for college dance programs and careers in dance. Students learn and perform classical repertory in addition to ballet technique and pointe.

Faculty
Erika Mero
Director of Rutgers Community Arts Ballet
Dance
Community Arts
Email

Contemporary Dance

June 29–August 17, 2021 (Tuesdays) 5–6 p.m.
Open to students ages 11–18
Cost: $180

This course develops a dancer’s musicality, fluidity, and expression in movement, as well as the ability to pick up choreography both in detail and style. Contemporary dance combines the genres of jazz, ballet, and modern technique, providing the student with a movement vocabulary that ranges from floor work to technical proficiency, from precise detailing to raw emotionality, and how the body aligns with music and storytelling. Students will be challenged to connect to dance not just with the body, but with the mind and soul.

Faculty
Kiana Rosa-Fischer
Dance Instructor
Dance
Community Arts
Email

HIP-HOP (new class)

June 30–August 18, 2021 (Wednesdays) 6:15–7:15 p.m.
Open to students ages 10–18
Cost: $180

Faculty
Kimberly Elliott
Assistant Professor
Dance
Email