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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 summer 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 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 V&A Theatre Museum, the Trinity/Laban Centre, and other important cultural/artistic sites. Social events will be scheduled, including a final “Celebration Event “ at the end of the term.

Location Description

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 V& A Theatre Museum, the Trinity/Laban Centre, and other important cultural/artistic sites.  Social events will be scheduled, including a final “Celebration Event“ at the end of the term.

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 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.  

Students will receive breakfast every day with their housing. They will also receive a weekly meal stipend that will cover approximately 7 meals for week.  All program Monday meetings will have lunch provided.

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.

Airfare to and from London is not included in program fee.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Students should be at an intermediate university level in their dance technique training.

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 
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU 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.

Cost

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