Cape Town—April 11-26, 2015
This travel course will take LEAP students to the rainbow nation of South Africa to work with a diverse group of young dancers. Emphasis will be placed on designing and producing on-site dance intensives that include technique classes as well as repertory and choreographic workshops. Intended educational outcomes reach far beyond the steps to reveal larger social issues; special activities will be offered to raise awareness in the LEAP students about the challenges facing underprivileged youth in the townships. Preparatory coursework (readings, film, and discussion) will explore the topics of South African culture, lifestyle, and history. A rich cultural exchange and reciprocation of learning is anticipated.
Upper Division, 3 units
Students will be enrolled (at their regular LEAP tuition rate) in either:
—PERFA 197 Independent Study or
—PEFRFA 198 Senior Project
Additional Course Fee: $1850
Covers guest house accommodations, all breakfasts, some meals, local transportation, cell phones, some excursions, tips, and mandatory medical insurance.
"I have never learned more about the world or myself in a school course."
—Jean Michelle Sayeg
"This experience changed my life."
“Teaching with my American colleagues was an education in itself. I learned much about the art of teaching dance from the other teachers, and I was able to put those new tools into use during my classes.”
"Going to South Africa was what I needed at this point in my career and life to remind me how much I love dance."
—Sarah Van Patten
“My experience in South Africa was nothing short of eye opening, electrifying and inspiring. My mind and heart are full of hope, support and love for the students we met.”
“I learned a great deal about myself, about Africa, and about the language of dance.”
“Woven into the fabric of a physically and emotionally demanding teaching routine were golden threads of inspiration; magic moments that lead me to claim this course as a pivotal experience in my personal and professional development.”
—Alejandro Piris Niño
The Contra Costa Times
Imaginemag (South Africa)
From the 2011 course:
For more inforation about LEAP's Dance South Africa course, please contact us at [email protected]
Alison Foat, Diva PR
And the Dance South Africa LEAP students