Experience life in an African village! Travel with LEAP and ThisWorldMusic® to Ghana, West Africa and learn traditional African dance, drumming, music, and art at the world-renowned Dagbe Cultural Institute & Arts Centre.
Located in the scenic coastal village of Kopeyia, the Dagbe Institute’s rigorous instruction and authentic natural surroundings make for an experience unlike any other. In addition to taking intensive classes with local artists, LEAP students will have the opportunity to visit open-air markets, observe and take part in traditional village ceremonies and interact with local residents.
In the capital city of Accra, the group will visit a drum maker’s workshop and be treated to a private performance and masterclass at the National Theatre with the acclaimed Ghana National Dance Ensemble.
While ThisWorldMusic's UMass-accredited Ghana program is open to the general public, LEAP students who attend will enroll directly through LEAP/SMC. The Ghana Study Abroad program meets the Senior Project requirement and/or a LEAP Elective.
Departure - Students arrive in Accra on January 2, 2014
Course itinerary to include:
- traditional drumming, dancing, singing and craft making in the culturally vibrant village of Kopeyia
- participation in and observation of local festivals, ceremonies and community celebrations
- exclusive tour of a master drum maker's workshop
- private performance and master class at the National Theatre with the world-renowned Ghana National Dance Ensemble
- lodging at the scenic Afia Beach Hotel in the capital city of Accra
- shopping at the National Arts Centre, one of the largest outdoor crafts markets in West Africa
- sampling of local Ghanaian cuisine
Return - Students arrive home from Ghana on January 13, 2014
“If you want to get inside Ghanaian culture with people who have studied it and have been there countless times, go on ThisWorldMusic’s trip. I learned so much every single minute of every day. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.” - Miles Arntzen, Drummer
“Out of this world! One major thing that stands out to me is the ability to meet people from all walks of life and find common ground and develop a respect for one another’s differences. We really got to interact with and build friendships with the locals.” - Malaika Tate-Scott, Dance Student, University of Maryland
"A once in a lifetime experience for learning drumming and dance. Trip leader was knowledgeable, informative and helpful. The cultural immersion was great in all aspects.” - Alan Black, Associate Director of Bands, Midwestern State University
“ Ghana was everything it needed to be: beautiful and difficult and perfect. Everyone who wants to call themselves an artist should go on this trip in order to be flung so far outside of their artistic box that you cannot help but be reborn as a student and as an artist.” Eric Busse, Musical Theater Student, University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Current LEAP students should contact their academic advisor for more information.