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, faculty from the Dance department participate in the Italy program and with the American College Dance Festival Association, as well as with local ensembles. The department has also sponsored trips to New York City to perform and attend classes and concerts.
Programs in France, Denmark and the Dominican Republic 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 2014. The overall focus of the 2014 program will be "Arts, Culture, and the Environment." This program is of particular interest to students in Dance, Movement Studies, Arts and Education, 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 (Associate Professor of Dance).
The interdisciplinary Rome program utilizes the entire city as a classroom or studio. While the program is designed to immerse students fully in the experience of being in Rome, several excursions will provide students a wider perspective on the history, culture and daily life of Italy as a whole. Students will live in furnished flats to provide an opportunity to practice Italian language skills and experience Roman daily life. Students are affiliated with the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci (SLdV), one of the leading language and culture schools in Italy.
American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA)
The dance program attends the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), an annual, three-day college festival and showcase of both student and faculty choreography in adjudicated performances.
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.