Rutgers Junior and Senior Dance Conservatories are intensive, pre-college programs for experienced dancers who seek to build artistic acuity and technical endurance while learning about pursuing college study as they work toward a career in dance. Students attend ballet and modern technique classes and meet with staff on learning goals and career aspirations.
Dancers work in intimate repertory groups with professional choreographers and create their own choreography, which is performed in two fully produced, end-of-session showcases. Prospective participants must complete an online application, an audition (video or live).
Session I: July 16-21, 2017
Session II: July 23-28, 2017
Senior Conservatory Dual Session: July 16-28, 2017 (weekend program included)
Students may attend one or both sessions.
Commuter or residential options are available.
Weekend stay is not available for Junior Conservatory students who wish to participate in both sessions as residential students.
Weekend stay is available for Senior Conservatory students who wish to participate in both sessions as residential students.
At the Junior and Senior Dance Conservatories, students will:
- Warm up with daily morning classes in yoga.
- Build technical skill and strength with daily classes in ballet and modern dance.
- Create your own choreography in collaborative daily sessions.
- Work with a choreographer to develop a dance performance piece utilizing the strengths of every dancer.
- Expand your horizons through innovative, collegiate-level workshops in hip-hop, jazz, improvisation, stage make-up, and historical and cultural dance!
- Enjoy evening events: advisory sessions with Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty, dance movie nights, and social events.
- Enjoy Master classes with American Ballet Theatre and New York City–based guest artists.
- Attend a performance on campus as part of Mason Gross Presents Summer Series!
- Take a trip to NYC to attend a dance performance (Senior Dance Conservatory, Residential Students only)
- Showcase your work with an end-of-session student performance in the stunning Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater.