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.
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 thedancer’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.
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:
- Grand Battement
- 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 thedancer’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.
- 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)
July 3–August 21, 2021 (Saturdays) 10–11 a.m.
Open to students ages 4–7
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.
Young Dancer Ballet
July 3–August 21, 2021 (Saturdays) 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Open to students ages 8–10
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 Ballet
July 2–August 20, 2021 (Fridays) 5–6 p.m.
Open to students ages 11–12
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.
Pre-College Conservatory Ballet
June 30–August 18, 2021 (Wednesdays) 5–6 p.m.
Open to students ages 13–18
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.
June 29–August 17, 2021 (Tuesdays) 5–6 p.m.
Open to students ages 11–18
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.
HIP-HOP (new class)
June 30–August 18, 2021 (Wednesdays) 6:15–7:15 p.m.
Open to students ages 10–18
Hip Hop is a high-energy dance class that will take you on a cultural and historical journey of foundations, grooves, freestyle and choreography. Exploring and integrating multiple styles within Hip Hop/Street Dance culture, students will develop musicality, self-confidence and encouragement to bring their own individual personality to movement vocabulary learned on a weekly basis.