School of Dance Students Visit Europe

The Europe Pedagogies of Performance in Dance (POD) course introduces students to new ways of imagining their research, advancing abilities to realize their work in a larger context, and supporting participation in dialogues that move across geographies as well as disciplines.

Led by faculty members Katie Swords-Thurman and Douglas Becker, this course is offered as a two-week residency in France (Paris and Lille/Roubaix) and Belgium (Brussels) where students work together as a touring ensemble to immerse in a new setting and cultural landscape. Partnerships with world-renowned art institutions foster creative residencies where students have the opportunity to take studio practice classes, continue their research and network with professionals.

Students present repertory influenced by Forsythe Improvisation Technologies as well as selected choreographed work created in the fall semester, in public studio showings in several European venues. In this situation, the dances become portable by widening the geography of interlinking histories and cultures.

UArts ranks No. 4 on College Magazine's list of the Top 10 Schools for Dance, alongside Juilliard, the Ailey School and New York University.