Nje Dacas, Ed.M. – Head Counselor
Caitlyn Barrows, Ed.M. – Head Counselor
Your counselors aim to help you have a fun, safe and memorable experience at Rutgers. As alumni and students themselves, with impressive performing and teaching resumes, they are an excellent resource for questions about the nature of college dance study.
All counselors are either alumni or current graduate students enrolled in the Graduate Dance Education Program, a partnership program between Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, an elite program leading to a master’s degree and PK-12 teacher certification in dance. Some have also completed the Pilates Teacher Certification program or the Yoga Teacher Certification program at Mason Gross, Rutgers as well. All of your counselors completed a BFA dance major at Mason Gross or other undergraduate institutions.
- American Red Cross CPR and AED
- Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Prevention
- Protection of Minors
- ConcussionWise Training
- HeatWise Training
- HeartWise Training
Caitlyn Barrows – Head Counselor
Nje Dacas – Head Counselor
I completed my Ed.M. degree in Dance Education in 2016 and my B.F.A. degree in dance in 2015. I am the head counselor and adore working with children and teens. Feel free to come to me at any time with questions or concerns!
Quiz Question: I’ve just had a new addition to my family. See if you can guess who it is!
Brittany Cohen – Wellness Counselor
I completed my Yoga Teacher certification this summer here at Rutgers and I am also a 2016 graduate of the Ed.M. Dance Education program and a 2015 B.F.A. in Dance graduate. My job with the summer program is to network with the nurses and athletic trainer to make sure all of the dancers’ wellness needs are being met. If you have an injury or don’t feel well, please come to me for help or let any of your counselors know!
Quiz Question: My favorite animal comes with me everywhere I go and it helps me to keep eyes on you in class! Can you figure out what my favorite animal is?
I am a current Ed.M. Dance Education graduate student. I also teach college Ballet classes in the Dance Department.
Quiz Question: I have lived in several other countries. Will you be able to figure out which before the program ends?
I am a current Ed.M. Dance Education graduate student and I’m interested in how dance experiences can serve children with special needs. I’ll be assisting in the studios and helping to make the stay in the dorms comfortable and fun. PS: Always wear a seat belt!
Quiz Question: I’m not from New Jersey. When you meet me, try to guess where I’m from!
I am a 2015 graduate of the Ed.M. Dance Education program and I earned my American Ballet Theatre Pre-Primary to Level 3 teacher certificate on scholarship at Rutgers. I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting many new dancers this year!
Quiz Question: Guess what kind of cross-training I like to do!
I graduated with my B.F.A. in Dance in 2015 and my Ed.M. in Dance Education in 2016. This will be my third year as a camp counselor and teacher. I’m looking forward to working with all the dancers and to another exciting summer of dance!
Quiz Question: I once accidentally walked onto a movie set during filming! Try to guess which one!
Some of your counselors began their careers at Rutgers by attending the summer program in the past!
2015 BFA Dance
2016 EdM Dance Education
It is great to come back as a teacher and head counselor because I have the insiders scoop of what it was like to be in the throws of everything and feel unsure during the first couple of days…BUT IT IS OKAY! You will have so much fun dancing, learning and networking with new people. You meet friends that last a lifetime! I’m excited to meet you (dancers) and LETS HAVE SOME FUN! – Nje Dacas
In 2007 I attended the summer dance program at Rutgers and had the experience of a lifetime! I remember my favorite part of the summer program was the fact that I was getting to experience dance in so many new ways. I was so excited to be completely immersed in dance for an entire two weeks with so many other passionate dancers, many of whom I still keep in touch with today! After attending this program I felt extremely confident when applying to colleges as a dance major because I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. From living in a dorm, to eating in the dining hall, to studying from notable college professors, attending the program really gave me a sense of what it would be like to be a dance major. I was so excited to return to the program as a counselor and teacher! It was so fulfilling to watch the students have a blast and continuously improve each day. I am so thankful that I am able to contribute and give back to the program that was such a memorable part of my personal dance history. A piece of advice that I have is don’t be afraid to take chances and try something new…really go for it and take advantage of the fabulous dance community we will create together! I am excited to meet you (dancers) and I can’t wait to have a blast together this summer! – Caitlyn Barrows
I came to the summer program because I wanted to know what it would be like to study dance in college. I got more than I could have hoped for from the experience. I learned about the all the possibilities there are to have a dance career, trained intensely, and made some amazing connections. Returning as a counselor is important to me. I want to be able to guide young dancers to claim their dance identities and realize all of the possibilities that the dance world offers. I wish the best of luck to all of you and hope that you hold onto your passion for movement and expression. Do what you love! I look forward to supporting you through your artistic journey while at the summer dance program. – Brittany Cohen