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JMU London Contemporary Dance and Performance Summer Intensive


London, England

Program Description

The JMU London Contemporary Dance & Performance Summer Intensive is a summer program for intermediate to advanced students in dance or movement performance study. The Intensive focuses on rigorous training in contemporary modern 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 theatres 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 a master class in an area of shared relevance such as improvisation, pilates, yoga and somatic approaches. Program outings will include visits to the Globe Theatre, the Theatre Museum, the Laban Centre, and other important cultural/artistic sites. Social events will be scheduled, including a final “Celebration Picnic” at the closing of the term.

Location Description

Students will reside at a superior housing facility located in the historic Bloomsbury district of London. Each student will have their own room and will have breakfast provided every morning. In addition, students receive a weekly food stipend sufficient to pay for one other substantial meal a day. Participants will receive a Zone 1-2 Tube pass for travel within London. The Intensive pays for program related travel outside this zone area.


Shane O'Hara | | Theatre and Dance


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Additional Items to Consider

Students will be graded according to participant's continual work within the Intensive and their fulfillment of all assignments listed within the syllabi of each course. All course arranged classes will be held at the historic RADA Drill Hall Performance Center in Bloomsbury, London, with students taking numerous other technique courses through the dance centers of the city.

Students should be at an intermediate level in modern dance.

This program is targeted towards sophomore or above students with a Dance concentration.

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

  • A supplemental one-page essay addressing the following question:
    "How will the Intensive benefit your career in dance?"

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


DANC 390: New Directions in Dance (3 credits)

DANC 490: Special Studies in Dance (1 credit)