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Which Programs Are Appropriate For My Student?

Rising Artist (RA): This student is new or newer to the art form they are interested in. Mostly every concept they learn is new to them or is a refresher. If you are unsure of your child’s level, this is a good choice.

The Everyday Artist (TEA): This student has had some experience in their chosen art form and are comfortable in performing basic to intermediate skills needed. They have taken a number of intro classes or have a few years of experience.

College Prep (CP): This student is well versed in their chosen art form and very comfortable demonstrating their skills and knowledge. They are looking to grow their portfolio, practice or prepare for auditions for college or college level studio work.

Please be advised that, ultimately, every student and their artistic journey is unique and should be seen as such. These designations are to help you should you need guidance.

Registration opens January 2024

Rutgers Summer Dance Conservatory *CP


Dancers interested in a collegiate-level atmosphere experience a rigorous daily schedule of diverse movement practices within African Diasporic forms, Classical/Traditional forms, Contemporary Fusion forms and Somatic forms. The expansive training in a variety of movement practices aims to develop and broaden skills that are reflective of the ever-changing field of Dance. Daily improvisation and choreography classes engage in the practice of movement exploration and dance-making culminating in student choreography to perform in a fully produced, end-of-session showcase. Classes are taught by Rutgers dance faculty in the Mason Gross dance studios. Students experience Master Class Series with renowned teaching artists. Dual session students participate in restorative wellness workshops and attend a professional performance.