Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts

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Kimberly Elliott
Hip Hop

Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts
New Brunswick, NJ

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Photographer: John Evans
Dancer: Hyunjin Kim

Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University – New Brunswick is an intimate arts conservatory housed within a large research university offering degrees in dance, theater, music, film, art, and design. Located just 45 minutes from New York City, the Dance Department seeks to cultivate a diverse and inclusive community of dance artists of the highest caliber who are collaborative and multidimensional in their view and knowledge of the dance field internationally. Through comprehensive, innovative, student-centered curricula, Dance at Mason Gross fosters excellence at the intersection of dance performance, creative achievement, and research inquiry.

The dance faculty is made up of working dance professionals that come from some of the most renowned dance companies in the world, choreographers who continue to create acclaimed works, and prominent dance researchers. The Dance Department regularly welcomes renowned guest artists exposing students to varied forms and choreographic styles. With three study abroad programs in London, Jerusalem, and Italy, certification opportunities in yoga and/or Pilates, a five-year joint BFA and Master of Dance Education program, and over 100 available minors- the Rutgers dance program offers endless opportunities.

Kimberly Elliott portrait

Kimberly Elliott

Kimberly Elliott

Kim Elliott is a dancer, choreographer, educator and creative director. Kim is currently an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Dance Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where she teaches in the undergraduate B.F.A. Program and the graduate EdM Dance Education Program. She was formerly the dance teacher at The Beacon School (NYC), where she developed the dance curriculum and built a rigorous and culturally inclusive dance program that encourages versatility and promotes diversity. Although her training extends to various dance form, as an expert in hip hop, Kim challenges herself to bridge the gap between the streets and the stage of hip hop dance culture.

Kim has choreographed and performed at venues including Madison Square Garden, Aaron Davis Hall, Peridance Capezio Center, NYU Skirball Theater, Beacon Theater, Frederick Loewe Theater, Radio City Music Hall, Alvin Ailey Studios, Edgerton Performing Arts Theater, The National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda, and Jacob Javits Center for the Circle of Sisters Cultural Event. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Kim Elliott Dance.

In higher education, Kim has taught at New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, Sacred Heart University and Rutgers University. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Dance Educator award from the New York State Dance Education Association.

Kim obtained her Master of Arts in dance education from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, where she was a recipient of the Outstanding Student in Dance Education award. Kim holds a K12 teaching certificate in New York state and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization.