Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
When offered: Late July - Mid August
Faculty Director: Amanda Thom Woodson
We will stay in Edinburgh, Scotland for a three week period in university halls where we will share meals, experience independent living, and engage extensively with dance experiences. Our classes will be at the Dance Base which is the national center for dance in Scotland.
During the first week of the course the focus will be 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. During this week there will also be many cultural and historic opportunites as we investigate the Royal Mile from the castle to the Palace of Hollyroodhouse, tour the city both old and new, and learn about times during the 1700's and before.
During the second week of the course we will work intensively with Alan Greig, a Scottish dancer and choreographer. From the artist we will have a daily contemporary dance technique class and then work on a dance that will be presented while we are in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Our final week brings a change of pace and we will become audience members for the many artistic events that are available as part of the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival. With over 3,000 shows to choose from on a daily basis, you will be able to select shows that you would like to see as well as enjoy the many free street performances. We wil also be able to see one of the most spectacular military shows, the Edinburgh Tattoo, with the lit castle as the backdrop. Here we will see true highland and country dancing at its best.
You will be expected to participate fully in all dance experiences, keep an ongoing, reflective journal, perform the work choreographed by the guest artist, and contributing to daily class discussion.
Eligibility, Prerequisites, and Academic Credit:
All students in good academic standing are eligible to apply. This program is focused on a dance experience and having taken Dan 114 is preferred. Participants are required to take part in a preparatory half-semester course (Dan 272Y), which will be held during the last seven weeks of the spring semester. The three week trip plus the seven week preparatory course are offered for a total of 4.5 credits.
The tentative cost of the program is between $5,500 - 5,700 (includes international airfare estimated at $1,500 per person) which includes local travel, all accommodations, all meals, workshops and experiences, required performance attendance, cultural and historic tours, and emergency assistance insurance. Students will have to pay their travel costs to and from Edinburgh (airfare and airport to halls ground transportation).
Note: Information contained in this flier is accurate at the time of publication, but is based on conditions over which Goucher has no control, including rates of exchange, airline fares, student enrollment, and the availability of facilities. Therefore, this information is subject to change without notice.
All students are eligible to apply for OIS scholarships. There is a scholarship section on the main application form in each program application packet. Students who qualify for the $1,200 voucher are able to apply the voucher to the cost of the program. Students entering Goucher beginning in Fall 2014 may apply for a Goucher Global Grant in lieu of the study abroad voucher.
Passport and Visa Information
Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Please apply for a passport as soon as possible at http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/get_4855.html