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  • Dean College Announces Partnership with DanceAbroad Argentina

    DanceAbroad Argentina

    Dean College and DanceAbroad Argentina are excited to announce a unique collaboration that blends intensive language immersion and concentrated studies in dance in the vibrant capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, beginning in January 2018.

    Dean College and the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance, known nationally and internationally for its Bachelor of Arts and new Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Dance, is DanceAbroad Argentina’s exclusive collegiate partner. Participating college dance majors from any college or university will earn up to fifteen college credits during this collaborative full-semester academic program. Courses of instruction include Tango technique and its history, as well as ballet, modern dance, jazz, dance composition, and Spanish language coursework at either the beginning, intermediate or advanced level.

    “Through class experience, guest lecturers, instructor collaboration and cultural exchange we strive to instill an intimate knowledge of dance, culture, art, and the interrelations among them,” said DanceAbroad Argentina Program Director, Nathan Moyer. “Ultimately, our students learn to make connections by themselves between lived experience and dance technique, as well as between their own cultural knowledge and the changing world around them.”

    “DanceAbroad Argentina gave me my very first opportunity to travel outside of the United States and experience a new culture on my own,” said Sarah Fuller, Dean College alumna. “First arriving in Buenos Aires, everything seemed different; from the language, to the food and architecture. As I adjusted to this new environment, I learned many things about myself that I would have never realized without this program.”

    DanceAbroad staff and students will attend cultural events and participate in tours around the city of Buenos Aires. Excursions are a great way for students to also experience the natural beauty of Argentina and beyond, and students have opportunities to enjoy day and overnight excursions to other destinations in Argentina and neighboring countries.

    “There are many study abroad programs, but they seldom include dance,” said Marc M. Arentsen, dean of the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College. “Through Dean College’s partnership with DanceAbroad Argentina we can now offer our dance students and those from other institutions a study abroad opportunity that is specifically designed around dance. Studying and living in another country opens your eyes to not only the local culture, but it also makes you more aware of your own background and bias. More importantly, it helps you realize what you have in common! Dance itself is universal, but to experience it in a different context will be enormously enriching to everyone involved and will present all of us with opportunities to see each other differently.”

    This exclusive study abroad program for dancers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, will start in January 2018 and will continue in subsequent spring semesters. To learn more and apply, visit www.dean.edu/danceabroad or www.danceabroad.com

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