As a result of this partnership, the FDU School of the Arts dance curriculum will be immediately enhanced through classes led by NJB staff at their new state-of-the-art facility at 7-9 Vreeland Road in Florham Park. NJB company members seeking additional educational opportunities, may matriculate at FDU and could be granted academic credit in recognition of their professional experience. FDU School of the Arts faculty are practicing professionals in their disciplines, and as such, are uniquely qualified to offer personalized academic advisement for NJB company members transitioning careers or completing degrees.
The collaboration will also include cross-promotion in marketing efforts and co-branded special events such as NJB’sinclusion in FDU’s annual WAMFest (Words, Arts, and Music Festival), which just took place on October 4, 2019 at the Florham campus. NJB performed Don Quixote Pas de deux, choreography after Marius Petipa (Dancers: Risa Mochizuki and Esnel Ramos Hernandez) and Tango, choreographed by Johan Renvall (Dancers: Eunice Suba and Emmanuel Martirosyan).
WAMFest is an annual series of readings, interviews, talks and performances hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University School of the Arts. It brings successful artists of various art genres to the campus to inspire and inform students and the community. Past guests have included Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Roseanne Cash, Eugene Mirman, Jonathan Demme, Talib Kweli, Mark Morris, Neil Gaiman, Ice-T, Chuck D., and Sean Astin. All events are free of charge and open to the public.
“This unique partnership is an expression of our common goal of supporting dance in our community, schools, and supporting the artists themselves through educational opportunities at the highest level,” said Dean of FDU’s Becton College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Geoffrey Weinman. “New Jersey Ballet is a leading arts organization in our region, and we are so pleased to now offer their dance training and internships to our students.”
“New Jersey Ballet and FDU’s School of the Arts will be offering the finest ballet training at the university level in the state,” said Director of Advancement of New Jersey Ballet David Tamaki. “This partnership is going to greatly benefit students at FDU, as well as artists at New Jersey Ballet. We are grateful for FDU’s commitment to the arts and look forward to making Florham Park the destination for excellence in academic and dance education.
Fairleigh Dickinson University School of the Arts
In September 2018, Fairleigh Dickinson University inaugurated the FDU School of the Arts at their Florham campus. The FDU School of the Arts is a robust center of learning for students who seek arts training grounded in a real-world framework. FDU School of the Arts students discover an innovative curriculum that combines a strong liberal arts education, hands-on creative work, valuable opportunities for internships, and an integrated new approach to arts entrepreneurship. Programs offered include: Film, Creative Writing, Theater, Musical Theater, Dance, Animation, Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Music.
The largest private university in New Jersey, FDU is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, multicampus institution. Founded in 1942, FDU achieved four-year status in 1948 and approval as a university in 1956. The University offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in pharmacy, nursing practice, clinical psychology and school psychology; and an AACSB-accredited business school. Degree programs are offered on two New Jersey campuses and at two FDU locations outside the U.S.: Wroxton College, in Oxfordshire in England, and the Vancouver Campus, in British Columbia, Canada.
FDU's 11,500 full- and part-time students pursue quality career-oriented programs on schedules tailored to their needs — days, evenings and weekends. The curriculum reflects a mission of global education and a foundation of a world-renowned University Core.
New Jersey Ballet
For more than half a century, New Jersey Ballet has thrilled audiences from Bergen to Cape May with top quality professional ballet and has given hundreds of thousands of adults and children their first introduction to ballet and inspired in many a lifelong love of the arts.
The founding of New Jersey Ballet created a profound change in the cultural landscape of New Jersey. Over the years, New Jersey Ballet has brought the magic of dance theatre to countless students, little children, senior citizens and adults of all ages. During its season, New Jersey Ballet performs a variety of works from classical, contemporary and jazz ballet in venues throughout the state, and has toured nationally and around the world. The repertory includes works choreographed by some of the greatest names in the world of dance: Balanchine, deMille, Tudor, Nebrada, North, Pourfarrokh, Taras, Sappington, Renvall, Tomal, Vernon, Vesak, Petipa, Chabukiany, Saint Leon and Bournonville.
Since 1958, New Jersey Ballet has continued to transform the arts scene throughout our great home state. Voted New Jersey's Favorite Dance Company in a poll sponsored by Jersey Arts Marketers, New Jersey Ballet is New Jersey’s premiere ballet company. Learn more at http://www.njballet.org/florhampark.html.