Scotland: The Scottish Connection: A Cultural and Artistic Experience
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
When offered: Summer 2014 (anticipated)
Faculty Leaders: Amanda Thom Woodson and Kia Kuresman.
For this unique three-week intensive program in Edinburgh, Scotland, participants will live in university halls where they will share meals, experience independent living, and engage extensively with dance experiences.
Classes will be at the Dance Base, the national center for dance in Scotland. The first week of the course will focus on learning Scottish Highland and Country dancing and participating in the traditional ceilidh with Scottish bagpipes and band music played live in the courtyard of Linlithgow Castle. Students will also explore Royal Mile from the castle to the Palace of Hollyroodhouse, tour the city, and learn about Scotland's history.
The second week of the course includes intensive work with Alan Greig, a Scottish dancer and choreographer, with whom students will work on a dance that will be presented as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The final week brings a change of pace as students become audience members for the many artistic events that are available as part of the Edinburgh International and Fringe festivals. With over 3,000 shows to choose from on a daily basis, students will attend shows of their choices to see as well as enjoy the many free street performances. The program will include one of the most spectacular military shows, the Edinburgh Tattoo, with the castle as the backdrop and highland and country dancing at its best.
Participants will be expected to engage in all dance experiences, keep an ongoing, reflective journal, perform the work choreographed by the guest artist, and contribute to daily class discussion.
Applicantion and advising information can be found on the General ICA website.