Harlem Renaissance Jazz
New Brunswick, NJ Photographer: John Evans
Dancer: Hyunjin Kim
[/caption]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.
Barbara holds an M.A. in Dance Education (New York University) and a B.A. in Dance (University of California, Irvine). She is an Assistant Professor in Dance and Arts Online at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
As a performer, Barbara was featured in Broadway Backwards 5 (soloist) at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Broadway Backwards 6 (Dance Captain) at the Longacre Theater, and Broadway Backwards 7 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway. Credits also include: The Oakland Ballet Company (soloist), The Gypsy of the Year Awards, featured dance roles in Equity musicals, 5 years in the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, and 4 years as dance captain and dancer for The Radio City Easter Spectacular. She had the great fortune to work with Woody Allen, Jerry Mitchell, Graciela Daniele, Robert Bartley, Bernadette Peters and Aretha Franklin.
Barbara is the founder/artistic director for Hysterika Jazz Dance Company, a dance company dedicated to paying tribute to the origins of jazz dance and finding a voice in the evolution of jazz dance.