Dance Department students have access, by audition, to a variety of performance opportunities throughout their careers at Mason Gross School of the Arts.
The department’s biannual faculty and guest-artist production. Produced at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center in fall and at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater in spring, this concert has featured dance majors performing the works of internationally renowned guest artists such as Ohad Naharin, Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, Pam Tanowitz, Camille A. Brown, Mark Morris, Urban Bush Women Dance Company, Robert Battle, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Maxine Doyle, John Heginbotham and Yin Yue, among others.
Student Dance Concert
BFA, BA, and dance minors perform original works of choreography in the fully equipped Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater and Loree Dance Studio Theater.
University DanceWorks is the touring student dance company of Rutgers. Dance students learn the repertory of internationally renowned artists each fall and then perform these works and lead workshops while on tour in the spring, visiting middle and high schools in the metropolitan region.
BFA students exhibit the culminating choreographic events of the curricula. Performances are produced in the 360-seat Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater and in the Loree Dance Studio Theater.
Mason Gross Presents
Mason Gross Presents is a series dedicated to the production of repertory by internationally renowned guest artists including Bill T. Jones, Pavel Zustiak, and Ananya Dance Theatre. Dance majors have also participated in performances of guest artist repertory in regional venues such as The Joyce Theater and the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, both in New York City, as well as State Theatre New Jersey and the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Dance Department also has a vibrant lecture series that has included internationally prominent scholars and artists such as, Wendy Perron, Sandra Horton Fraleigh, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Halifu Osumare, Rose Eichenbaum and Anne Cooper Albright.
Opportunities outside the department include performing in Opera Theater Rutgers productions, as well as in interdisciplinary projects supported by the Mason Gross Student Government Association.
The school participates in the American College Dance Festival Association, and several of our student choreographies have been presented at the Kennedy Center and Jacob’s Pillow.