Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
When offered: Summer 2016
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:
This program is focused on a dance experience and having taken Dan 114 is preferred. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required. 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.
All students are eligible to apply for OIS scholarships. There is a scholarship section on the main application form in each program application packet. Loans are also available to eligible students through the Financial Aid Office in SAS. 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.
Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines: