Artistic Staff & Faculty

Artistic Staff

Barbara Bashaw-1Dr. Barbara Bashaw (Artistic Director) is the acting chair and artistic director of the dance department, director of the Rutgers Pre-College Summer Arts Conservatory and current president of Dance New Jersey.

Bashaw has served as the founding director of Graduate Dance Education and dance teacher preparation at Rutgers University since 2009, pioneering New Jersey’s first graduate degree in dance. Prior, she served as director of Dance Education at NYU Steinhardt where she was responsible for transforming the degree programs, embedding Afro-centric forms in the curriculum, founding the NDEO Research Center as well as co-designing the Ballet Pedagogy master’s degree in collaboration with American Ballet Theatre. She is also a founder of The Bridge for Dance studio in NYC. Most recently, Bashaw served on the steering committee and curriculum team in developing the new doctoral program in dance education at Columbia University, Teachers College.

Bashaw’s research interests include dance teacher preparation, dance leadership, interdisciplinary learning, choreographic learning, and artistic development. She has served on several NEA-funded task forces including the National Core Arts Standards for Dance and the Dance Entry Level Teacher Assessment. She has also served on task forces for the New Jersey Common Core Curriculum Standards, New Jersey Career and Technical Education Dance and Theater Examinations, the New York State Content Specialty Dance Certification Exam, the NYC i3 Arts Achieve program, and as an advisor for the NYC Blueprint for Dance. Bashaw has been an invited speaker and has presented at conferences in Denmark, Finland, Israel, South Korea, and across the US.

Bashaw is a PK-12 certified dance educator in New York and New Jersey and a “Dance for Every Child” advocate. From 1995–2002 she was a teaching artist and master teacher for the Creative Arts Laboratory, the 92Y School Partners program, and ArtConnection, working in dozens of inner city schools. She then founded the dance program at PS 295, The Studio School for Arts and Culture in Brooklyn, where she developed interdisciplinary, social-justice, and literacy-integrated curriculum, child-centered Labanotation methods, and the Choreographer’s Workshop.

Bashaw holds a doctorate of education from Columbia University, Teachers College, and an honorary doctorate of fine art from SUNY College at Brockport. She earned her Certified Movement Analyst degree from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, an MA in dance education from Columbia University, Teachers College, and a BS in interdisciplinary arts for children, double-majoring in dance performance, from SUNY College at Brockport.

Maeve Dougal Headshot

Maeve Dougal (Director) is a part time lecturer in the dance department at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She holds a M.A. in Dance Education with a concentration in American Ballet Theatre Ballet Pedagogy from New York University and a B.F.A. in Dance with a Ballet Emphasis from Utah Valley University. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Maeve received her ballet training at The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre under Damara Bennett and danced with Utah Regional Ballet under the direction of Jacqueline P. Colledge and Heather Gray. Ms. Dougal is an ABT® Fellowship Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has taught on faculty at the Harlem School of the Arts, Princeton Ballet School, the Huntington Center for Performing Arts, The Bridge for Dance in New York City, and ABT’s DanceBermuda Summer Program.

Ms. Dougal is also the director of the American Ballet Theatre Certified School of Ballet at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.


Carlye Eckert (Contemporary Technique, Improvisation, Repertory) is a New York based choreographer, teacher, and performer. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School (BFA, 2009) where she trained under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. 

Ms. Eckert currently dances with Brian Brooks and teaches contemporary technique, choreography, and improvisation at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Ms. Eckert’s choreographic work has been presented in Portland, Oregon at A-WOL and West Linn Theater, and New York at The Ritz Theater (Newburgh, NY), Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, CAVE, CUNY, Dance New Amsterdam, West End Theater, Dixon Place, Location One, DUMBO Dance Festival, Green Space, The Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center.

Ms. Eckert is a founding member and producer of STUFFED: Dinner + Dance, a free performance series at Judson Church in New York City and STUFFED: d.a.n.c.e., a platform for exploring community building and creative action through dance and education.

Brittany Engel-Adams (Contemporary Technique, Improvisation, Repertory) is a dancer, performing artist, teacher, and choreographer based in New York. In 2007 she attended the Alvin Ailey School and was the recipient of the Oprah Winfrey Fellowship. From 2007–2009 she performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during their New York City Season, and later toured nationally and internationally with Ailey II. Engel-Adams was invited by Ohad Naharin to study Gaga in Tel Aviv with the Batsheva Dance Company. The Gaga language is an integral part in Engel-Adams’ work and research as a performing artist and dance educator. Brittany has performed across disciplines for projects like, Sleep no more, danaka dance, Naomi Goldberg Haas, Dance the yard and Company sbb. She is featured in the film “Chiraq” directed by Spike Lee, and is a co-star in the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.”

She has been on faculty at Brooklyn Ballet, Joffrey Ballet school, and Steps on Broadway.
Her choreography has been presented at Symphony Space, Kumble Theater and PS 261.
Brittany is currently dancing with Netta Yerushalmy and Donna Uchizono Company. She
serves as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University.

Peggy Petteway (Ballet Technique) is a part time lecturer in the dance department at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She holds a BFA from Florida State University, graduating magna cum laude. Born in Orlando, she began her ballet training at the School of Performing Arts and continued through the apprentice program of Southern Ballet Theatre (currently Orlando Ballet) under the direction of Barbara Riggins. Petteway danced principal roles in a wide range of classical and contemporary ballets with Bay Ballet Theatre, Southern Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Chautauqua Dance Company, and Pennsylvania Ballet prior to joining American Repertory Ballet (ARB) under the artistic direction of Graham Lustig in 1999. From 2010 until her retirement in 2014 she danced for Lustig Dance Theatre, one of 10 professionals. Petteway has been a member of the teaching faculties of Southern Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Rock School, ARB’s Princeton Ballet School, and Lustig Dance Theatre. In addition, Petteway has been a guest at universities and ballet academic throughout the US. She has served as a visiting ballet mistress and repetiteur, trusted by choreographers to instill their vision and stage their work on professional dancers and students. Petteway has served as school principal for Lustig Dance Theatre since her retirement from dancing August 2014.

Jaime Hickey (Ballet Technique, Pointe, Classical Repertory) is on faculty at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT and the Mason Gross Extension Division’s ABT Certified School of Ballet at Rutgers University. She has completed the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering.

Jaime was born in Bayonne, NJ and received her initial training at Ms. Huguette’s Dance Studio, Ms. Neuberts Ballet Institute in Carnegie Hall, New Jersey Ballet, and also competed with the DeNogla School of Irish Step Dancing.

Jaime furthered her training at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA before attending the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. Here she studied under the direction Franco DeVita and Raymond Lukens. Jaime also trained privately with Fabrice Herrault.
Jaime was named an American Ballet Theatre National Training Scholar. Upon graduation from JKO, Jaime joined American Ballet Theatre II directed by Wes Chapman during which she traveled both domestically and internationally with the company.

At age 19, Jaime joined the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago under the direction of Ashley Wheater. Here, she performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, and more. In 2013, Jaime joined Ballet West where she performed roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. Jaime also performed with the Barak Ballet in Los Angeles, CA and RPM Productions in Chicago, IL.

Jaime is the Co-founder of My Ballet Mastered, a company that provides video analysis coaching to dancers anywhere in the world.


Dancer Wellness

HollieHollie Palmisano (Athletic Trainer, Dancer Wellness) received her bachelor of science in physical education with concentrations in athletic training and exercise physiology from William Paterson University in 2004. Prior to Rutgers she worked in corporate fitness and for Body Tech Fitness as the director of the Personal Training Program and the AdvantEDGESports Performance School.

Palmisano works as the athletic trainer for the Rutgers Health Center under the supervision of and in direct consultation with the sports medicine physicians. Her primary responsibilities include prevention of athletic injuries, the maintenance of the health and well-being of dancers in the Mason Gross Dance Department, and the recuperation and rehabilitation of dance students following illness, injury, or surgery.

Palmisano’s certifications include: National Athletic Training Association Certification (NATA); Certified ACSM Wellness Coach; Functional Movement Screening Certified; AAAI Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Management Consultant; Certified Health and Physicial Education Teacher; American Red Cross CPR/AED Professional Instructor Certified; Jiu JitsuBlue Belt (2nd Place 2007 NAGA Worlds Championships); Nominated into Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women; Nominated into Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care in America.