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JMU London Contemporary Dance and Performance Summer Intensive

Location

London, England

Program Description

The JMU London Contemporary Dance & Performance Summer Intensive is a short term program for intermediate to advanced students in dance or movement performance study. The Intensive focuses on rigorous training in contemporary dance techniques as well as opportunities to view cutting edge performance work in London. The Intensive will expose the student to the rich performance scene of this truly international city.

Each participant will experience “total artistic immersion” in London. Over the 25 days, the students will see more than 12 performances by internationally acclaimed companies and emerging artists, including events at London’s world famous theaters as well as site-specific works in alternative spaces.

Students will take as many as 16 classes in dance/performance training techniques, taught by JMU and British faculty members, and an array of London-based professionals. Intensive participants will meet together each week for master classes in an area of shared relevance such as improvisation, pilates, yoga and somatic approaches.

Program outings will include visits to the Globe Theatre, the V& A Theatre Museum, the Trinity/Laban Centre, and other important cultural/artistic sites. Social events will be scheduled for each week, including an East End Indian Dinner, boat ride to Greenwich, and a final “Celebration Picnic “ at the end of the term.

Location Description

The JMU London Contemporary Dance and Performance Summer Intensive will be based in the Bloomsbury district of downtown London, centered within the University of London campuses. All classes, performances and events are within walking distance or within the Zone 1-2 Tube (subway) pass zone area.

Program outings will include visits to the Globe Theatre, the V&A Theatre Museum, the Trinity/Laban Centre, and other important cultural/artistic sites. Last program participants did a visit to the University of Winchester for an artistic exchange with their Dance Department.

Director

Shane O'Hara | oharast@jmu.edu | Theatre and Dance

Accommodations

Students will reside at a superior housing facility located in the historic Bloomsbury district. Each student will have their own room and internet access and kitchen/laundry facilities. Participants will receive a Zone 1-2 Tube (subway) pass for travel within London. The Intensive pays for program related travel outside this zone area.

All students will have breakfast provided every morning. In addition, students receive a weekly food stipend sufficient to pay for one other substantial meal a day.

Students will also have lunches provided during meetings and will have a small food stipend during day trips. The group will do an East End Indian and a final “Celebration Picnic “ at the end of the term.

Additional Items to Consider

The London Intensive is for intermediate to advanced students in dance or movement performance study who desire the opportunity to expand their artistic training in a serious and structured urban environment.

The Intensive is open to JMU and non-JMU students.

The program costs include tuition, lodging and daily breakfast, a weekly £50 food allowance, plus all program expenses including travel in London, admissions, classes and social events.

Students will make their own flight arrangements to London.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Intermediate level Modern Dance Proficiency

Preference for sophomore to senior Dance majors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Faculty Recommendation
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

DANC 390: New Directions in Dance: Seminar in Contemporary Dance in London (3 credits)

DANC 490: Special Studies in Dance: Integrations of Dance in Contemporary Performance (1 credit)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.

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