Global Links

For Alumni and Friends of The State University of New Jersey

The Arts
Bookmark and Share

Climbing the Ladder of Success

The Rutgers Graduate School of Education graduated its first class of students in the dance education master’s program last spring, an initiative developed by the school and the Department of Dance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. The program is the first of its kind in the state. These nine graduates of the program earned a pre-K–12 dance teacher certification, allowing them to teach in elementary and secondary schools, community centers, and arts and dance institutions. Learn about their plans.

Dance master's program graduates on ladder
Clockwise from upper right: Caitlin Krow, Olivia Mode, Jenna Kiefer, Andrea Guadagno, Kelli McGovern, Christy Velazquez, Nicole Roberts, Maribella Miller, and Megan Herbert. Photography by Benoit Cortet.

Caitlin Krow is starting a dance program at Saint Dominic Academy in Jersey City, New Jersey, and serves as an administrator for 10 Hairy Legs dance company in Highland Park, New Jersey.

Olivia Mode, winner of the New Jersey Department of Education’s Student Teacher of the Year award for 2012, is a full-time dance educator at Barack Obama Green Charter High School in Plainfield, New Jersey, and teaches at Yvette’s Dance Studio in Cranford, New Jersey.

Jenna Kiefer is a full-time dance teacher in a public school in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and teaches at Muhlenberg College’s Community Dance Center.

Andrea Guadagno, a finalist last summer in a competition held by the Jazz Dance World Congress, is an adjunct professor of dance at Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey.

Kelli McGovern works with Zaman Dance Theater in West Orange, New Jersey, as a dancer and teaches at the Washington Rock Youth Ballet in Dunellen, New Jersey, and the Fine and Performing Arts Academy at Bayonne High School.

Christy Velazquez accepted a position as the dance educator at the Bronx Academy of Letters High School in Bronx, New York. Last summer, she choreographed for the Rutgers Summer Dance Camp.

Nicole Roberts accepted a position as the dance educator for D.U.E. Season Charter School in Camden, New Jersey. She had served as a teaching artist for the Dance Theatre of Harlem's outreach program Dancing Through Barriers.

Maribella Miller is continuing her studies as a dancer and educator while searching for a teaching position in a K–12 school. She interns with 10 Hairy Legs.

Megan Herbert, following a summer teaching dance in South African schools, serves as a dance educator for the Central Jersey Arts Charter School in Plainfield, New Jersey, and as an adjunct teaching several courses in the Department of Dance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.