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Dance

Facilities

Dance students, faculty, and guests have access to a series of dance studios, multiple public performance spaces. and a fully equipped Pilates Training Center.

 

Nicholas Music Center Studios
85 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Douglass Campus

This 704-seat music hall serves as the largest performance space on campus. Designed by the distinguished architect Pietro Belluschi, whose roster of other projects includes Alice Tully Hall in New York City, the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, the center was built in 1981 and underwent extensive renovations in 2018.

This venue is available for rental. For more information, please contact J.J. Cooper.

Nicholas Music Center
Mortensen Hall
85 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Douglass Campus

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Robert E. Mortensen Hall, a glass-enclosed, nearly 24,000-square-foot facility within the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, serves the conservatory’s Music, Dance, and Theater departments, providing additional rehearsal and performance spaces.

Mortensen Hall features the following:

  • Well-equipped, 3,120-square-foot Shindell Choral Hall with adjacent choral suite for school vocal ensembles
    • Link to Shindell Choral hall—see below
  • The Kevin Goetz Studio for Theater and Dance
  • A large (2,397-square-foot) public atrium featuring Cafe ‘52 coffee-and-sandwich bar
    • Link to Café ’52—see below
  • Technology studio for sound recording and engineering
  • The Presser Foundation Practice Suite for music
  • Thomas A. and Elizabeth M. Renyi Gallery
  • Suite of faculty and administrative offices for the Dance Department
Mortensen Hall
The Soma Center

The Soma Center is located within the Nicholas Music Center. The mission of the Soma Center at Mason Gross Dance is to provide quality, motion-specific training to dance majors 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. The Soma Center offers members of the Mason Gross Dance community opportunities to augment and enhance their technical and artistic growth through progressive attention to principles of movement integration, body-mind awareness, and neuromuscular education in a variety of movement contexts.

  • Access customized athletic and wellness training with the Dance Department’s certified athletic trainer 
  • Cross-train on cardio, balance, and free-weight equipment to improve performance
  • Train in Pilates under the supervision of certified instructors—private, duet, and quartet Pilates apparatus sessions available
  • Draw upon the Soma Center as a resource while studying kinesiology, anatomy, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and yoga

The Soma Center is also the home of the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Program, the first evidence-based comprehensive Pilates teacher training program to be offered in higher education that meets the standards of the Pilates Method Alliance.

Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater
85 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Douglass Campus (behind Hickman Hall)

340-seat theater built in 1991. Houses a state-of-the-art proscenium stage used for theater and dance.

This venue is available for limited rentals of a nontheatrical nature. The space is generally available for rentals from mid-May through mid-August. For more information, please contact Karin Graybash.

Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater
Loree Dance Studio Theater
70 Lipman Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Douglass Campus
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Located within the Loree Gymnasium, Loree Dance Theater serves as a satellite classroom space for the Dance department. It features a 220-seat, fully equipped black box studio theater with a sprung dance floor.

Loree Dance Theater
NBPAC
Performing Arts Library

8 Chapel Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Douglass Campus

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The Mabel Smith Douglass Library houses the university’s fine arts collection and features exhibition space for student and faculty work as well as for invitational exhibits.

The Blanche and Irving Laurie Music Library contains approximately 31,000 books, 46,000 scores, and 40,000 recordings, as well as an extensive spoken-word collection.

The Media Center archives more than 22,000 recordings and has playback facilities for a variety of media formats. The nearby graduate seminar room has quality playback equipment. Many class assignments are also available online.

The Sharon A. Fordham Multimedia Lab Classroom is a joint venture between the Music Department, Dance Department, and the Library. The lab houses 17 iMac workstations (16 for students and 1 for an instructor) with a wide range of hardware and software for music/video production. The Multimedia Lab Classroom is open the same hours as the Media Center, and is available for public use whenever classes are not being held. Additionally, the library has created the new Fordham Commons, which houses 13 Mac Pro workstations, is available for use whenever the library building is open, and has the same software and hardware as the computers in the lab.

Sharon A. Fordham Multimedia Lab Classroom

The Sharon A. Fordham Multimedia Lab Classroom is a joint venture between the Music Department, Dance Department, and the Library. The lab houses 17 iMac workstations (16 for students and 1 for an instructor) with a wide range of hardware and software for music/video production. The Multimedia Lab Classroom is open the same hours as the Media Center, and is available for public use whenever classes are not being held. Additionally, the library has created the new Fordham Commons, which houses 13 Mac Pro workstations, is available for use whenever the library building is open, and has the same software and hardware as the computers in the lab.

Corwin Lodge
158 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Douglass Campus

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A satellite space for the Dance Department just minutes from the main studio spaces. Houses a sprung floor dance studio.

Corwin Lodge