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FSU in NYC introduces students to the professional dance world as working members of the community. FSU in NYC is a structured academic, workshop/lab, and internship program that gives students a chance to try out the city and realistically assess how they might fit into the field. Being a fully credited program, FSU in NYC is a supportive safe way to learn and study while figuring out how to negotiate the city while making it possible to face the future with confidence. FSU in NYC is done in the Fall semester and is a mentored system of classes and events that immerse the students in the NYC dance world. This enables students to use the city as an arts’ resource and allow them to begin serious networking for the future. Students have classes for full academic credit that include:

The core course, “NYC as Arts and Resource,” for 6-credits, which includes both 3-credit scholarly seminar and a 3-credit experiential complementary event; practical 3-credit, 10-hour per week Internships; a 3-credit weekly workshop/lab with warm-up technique class, followed by a practical workshop that culminates in two dance performances; we attend a minimum of three performances per week.

In addition, students independently take dance classes and workshops in dance studios of choice, not only that, but students are welcomed and encouraged to go on tours and visit museums. In working at the best arts organizations in the city, connections are made that extend beyond the single semester. We excel in the quality and diversity of class experiences and opportunities to meet and talk with well-known figures in dance world, including scholars, performers, choreographers, critics, filmmakers, and producers/presenters. Guest in 2015 included: Monica Bill Barnes, Bill T. Jones, Ana “Rockafella” Garcia, “Storyboard P,” Noemie LaFrance, Brahms “Bravo” LaFortune, Okwui Okpokwasili, Doug Elkins, and Jorge “PopMster Fabel” Pabon. Joining the FSU students are New York University and University of Florida students, and, students will also be sharing some classes and panel-collaborations with dance students from the New School for Social Research.


2016 Application

FSU in NYC is Directed by Sally R. Sommer, Ph.D. For more information email (