Important Festival Information
NJHSDF Scholarship Class:
We are pleased to offer a limited enrollment scholarship class for your students. The scholarships will be for a variety of summer dance conservatories. Rutgers Mason Gross is always involved, as well as many other local professional dance companies. We ask that at your discretion, you select two of your top Junior High School students who might benefit from summer dance study. Please submit your selected students by clicking on the Scholarship Submission Link and filling out the appropriate form by February 1st.
Audition Class Details:
Randy James (or one of his company members) will be the instructor for the audition class, and we invite local Dance Company Directors and Rutgers Mason Gross Faculty to view the class. Students will participate in a Modern Technique class. Decisions are sometime made on the spot, but often students will be contacted via email if they have been awarded a scholarship. The NJHSDF Committee will also send out the list once it is complete.
Randy James' Bio:
Randy James, the founder and Artistic Director of 10 Hairy Legs, has significantly impacted the field of dance for more than three decades locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as a highly regarded dancer, choreographer, teacher, guest lecturer, panelist and staunch advocate of the arts. In 2010 The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation cited him as "The Patron Saint of New Jersey dance." As a choreographer, James has created more than 40 works on his own companies and on 16 other professional companies throughout the United States, garnering positive reviews from The New York Times and The Village Voice. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State honored him three times with Choreography Fellowships in 1995, 2002 and 2014 in recognition of his artistic excellence and named him "Distinguished Teaching Artist." As an Associate Professor of Dance, James has been a member of the dance faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, since 1998.