Magazine article Dance Magazine

Go Global: Three Study-Abroad Options for Dancers

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Go Global: Three Study-Abroad Options for Dancers

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Studying abroad can be one of the greatest adventures of a dancer's college career. Learning about the history and dances of other cultures--and simply experiencing life in another country--can help you expand your notion of the art form and build skills as a performer and choreographer. "Students always come back different in the ways they think about and create their art," says Karen Dearborn, dance director at Muhlenberg College. Though almost every college has study-abroad sites, few are dance-specific. Here are three to keep on your radar.


Tallahassee, FL

Degree: BFA in dance

Study-abroad site: Paris

Length of stay: Four weeks in the summer

Open to: Up to 20 dance students from FSU and other colleges

Dance immersion: Students take classical ballet at the Academie Americaine de Danse de Paris, and may take classes at other studios. Past trips have included master classes in court dancing and Isadora Duncan technique. An elective dance history course covers 17th-century ballet, Impressionism, Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, and American dancers in Paris.

Excursions: Students attend a Paris Opera Ballet performance and take a backstage tour of the Palais Gamier. They visit major art museums, spend a day at Versailles and take a walking tour of Montmartre.


Iowa City, IA

Degrees: BA or BFA in dance

Study-abroad site: Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo

Length of stay: Four weeks, prior to Brazilian Carnival

Open to: 20-25 dancers from U of Iowa

Dance immersion: Students study Brazilian culture and history by visiting the headquarters of several samba schools for lectures and classes, and watching street rehearsals. …

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