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Study Dance and Culture in Italy

Study Abroad in Italy

Each summer Professor Clifton Brown takes a group of students to Italy to perform and/or study dance.   Dance Company students have the opportunity to take classes and perform at the distinguished Balletto da Civitavecchia.  PERF 461: Dance in Italy offers students intensive training in a professional setting, while earning credit at WKU.   Designed to be an exchange of both cultures and ideas, the course teaches practices and techniques oriented toward a dance career in our global society  DANC 360: Dance in Culture uses readings, lectures, discussions, videos, movement, essays, and other intensive projects, to explore dance specifically in Italy.  Taking an anthropological viewpoint, the class explores the various ways that culture and dance intertwine, noting the uniqueness of the Italian culture and dance forms.  While emphasizing the social, cultural, and aesthetic principles defining these dance forms, the course also examines issues of gender, race, politics, and religion in relation to Italian dance and culture. 

For more information please visit the WKU Study Abroad & Global Learning Dance in Italy page, or contact Prof. Clifton Brown.

Professor Clifton Brown and dance students in Italy

Prof. Clifton Keefer Brown & WKU Dance Students in Italy.

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