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Paris is perhaps one of the most exciting places for a student of dance to study both dance technique and history. The “City of Light” is filled with a history of collaborations between artists, as well as the influence of Americans who lived and thrived in Paris. Dance in Paris is designed to immerse the dance enthusiast in a unique program of study combining technique classes at various dance académies and conservatoires in Paris with a course in special topics related to dance history and cultural sites.
The Dance in Paris experience will be enhanced with topics in 17th century ballet history and the development of the Paris Opera Ballet. Along with those topics, the Impressionists with emphasis on artists inspired by dancers, the Diaghilev period (1909-1929), and American artists – Josephine Baker and Isadora Duncan – who lived in Paris for extended periods and greatly influenced 20th Century dance history, will also be covered.
To complement each of these areas of study, possible on-site experiences will include a backstage tour of the Palais Garnier, a master class in 17th century court dances, a performance of the Paris Opera Ballet at the Palais Garnier, a “behind the scenes” tour of the Moulin Rouge, and a master class in the Isadora Duncan technique. Museum sites include Versailles, Musée de l’Orangerie, Musée D’Orsay, Musée Picasso, Musée Rodin, and the Centre Pompidou. In addition, guided and self-guided tours of Montmartre and the Marais area will allow students to further explore the role of dance history in Paris.