Whether it's interning in London, studying in Spain or doing research in Germany, most Hobart and William Smith students will have had some kind of international learning experience before they graduate.
With some planning, Dance majors can travel abroad and still graduate on time. While the Center for Global Education offers abroad programs on six continents, Dance faculty lead a robust program to Auckland, New Zealand. Programs in Germany, Denmark, Argentina, Bali, and South Africa may also offer students opportunities to study dance while abroad. Students have participated in dance technique classes from international teachers in international settings, attended various performances by artists around the world, performed in various artists' venues, and taught dance in the local communities. Some students have also had the opportunity to enroll in dance-related courses that were being offered through the various international universities. Taking a personal initiative to pursue dance while abroad enriches the overall experience and provides a valuable learning opportunity.
Auckland, New Zealand
The Dance Department is leading a study abroad semester to Auckland, New Zealand in Fall 2016. Focal points of the 2016 program will be Arts, Culture, Disability, and the Environment. This program is of particular interest to students in Dance, Movement Studies, Arts and Education, Anthropology, Media and Society, Environmental Studies and those interested in issues of multiculturalism. Students participating in this program will take two courses taught by University of Auckland faculty and two courses offered by the HWS Faculty Director, Cadence Whittier (Professor of Dance).
Closer to home….
Each year the Dance Department attends the American College Dance Association (ACDA) conference. This is a three-day festival of classes and performances, showcasing both student and faculty choreography in adjudicated and informal concerts.
All of the Dance faculty are active scholars, teachers and artists. Students often have the opportunity to work with Dance faculty off campus and/or with regional dance companies.
At HWS, students have the freedom to study at any of our Global Education destinations.
The featured abroad programs are recommended by the Dance department based on the content of the curriculum.
The faculty of the dance department also encourage students to participate in the annual trip to the ACDFA as well as other department-sponsored trips to New York City.