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USF Dance in Paris
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission 06/01/2016 06/30/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Program Type:
USF Sponsored
Level of Study:
Open to:
USF Degree Seeking, USF Students Only
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Krissy Loveman
Sponsoring College:
The Arts
Program Primary Subject:
Performing Arts
Program Description:
Studio in Paris

USF Dance in Paris Summer Program
Summer 2016


Program Overview

The Dance Program at USF has expanded the parameters of its curriculum by offering its students a program of study in Paris. Led by USF faculty member, Michael Foley, this annual four-week intensive course of study in Paris is a unique study abroad opportunity for serious dancers and choreographers to live and dance in one of the world's greatest cities. This course presents an opportunity for dance majors to expand their historical, cultural and performance-based knowledge through exposure to the rich tradition of dance in the French capital. The goal of the USF Dance in Paris Program is to enable students to expand upon information they have already gleaned from several courses required of dance majors: history, choreography, and technique.

The USF Dance in Paris Program features studio classes taught by European dancers and choreographers of distinction, thereby exposing students to the contemporary Continental dance lexicon. As Paris is the cradle of western dance civilization, students visit the sites of some of history's greatest dance events, including The Paris Opera, the Theatre de Chaillot and Versailles. Further, students are led to reevaluate their notions of traditional dance-making by embarking upon projects involving site-specific work in the city's many museums and music venues as well as those areas unique to the everyday life of the city, such as its cafes and the metro. Students attend performances by important dance artists not usually seen in the U.S. thereby expanding their performance vocabulary. Students have attended concerts by a diverse range of artists from Philippe Decouflé to Pina Bausch to the soloists of the Paris Opera Ballet.

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Paris is the capital of France and the country's largest city. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region, is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe. Paris is considered one of the world's leading business and cultural centers, and is considered one of the world's major global cities. The City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with a multitude of historic and cultural landmarks among its many attractions, along with world-famous institutions, breathtaking architecture, and popular parks.

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Academic Program and Course Information

Students enroll in a four-week, six credit course entitled DAN 4390 "Dance and Culture in Paris". This course is an immersion in Parisian culture from the point of view of the dancer. The course is divided into three major components: technique, history and composition. Students take daily technique classes in modern, ballet and yoga, taught by some of Paris's leading dance professionals. Students are exposed to the rich artistic side of Paris through lectures and performances, as well as assigned readings by major dancers/writers/artists who have drawn on the Parisian landscape as inspiration for their work. A final choreographic project based on compositional exercises that take students to various Parisian locales, is presented during the final week of the course.

"Dance and Culture in Paris" - Course Components

Students enroll in a four-week, six credit course entitled "Dance and Culture in Paris". This course is an immersion in Parisian culture from the point of view of the dancer. The course is divided into three major components: technique, history and composition.

  • Students are exposed to variety of technique classes each weekday morning from modern to ballet to yoga, as well as classes in physical theatre, improvisation and choreography.
  • The purpose of the afternoon choreographic workshops (Le cahier - - The Notebook) is to foster an understanding between the choreographer and the urban landscape: What kinds of materials can be used in choreography? What kinds of images are distilled into gestures? How does the urban environment inspire different movement choices? How does the "history" of a certain location influence one's choreographic choices?
  • Students visit Parisian locales and explore the architecture, people, scenery and culture of that area and transform their observations into a short final piece of choreography. Among the areas students will be investigating: Père Lechaise, Ile St. Louis, Montmartre, the Marais, Trocadero/Champs de Mars, the Latin Quarter, Les Halles, Montorgeuil, and the Canal St. Martin.
  • Students are assigned readings based on the writings of artists who have drawn on the Parisian landscape as inspiration for their work, such as Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Isadora Duncan and Nijinsky. There is one required book for the course entitled: Paris in Mind, edited by Jennifer Lee. The book is a compilation of stories by American writers (Mark Twain to Saul Bellow to Langston Hughes) about their romance with Paris.
  • Students are given studio time for 3 – 4 afternoons per week to work on their choreographic projects; the other days are spent 'in the field'. The purpose of the studio time is to create a 5 – 7 minute piece of choreography based on students' observations, assigned readings, field work, personal journals and sensations. The final pieces are performed in an informal setting to an invited audience.
  • Grading is based on weekly projects, journals, short written assignments and pro-active engagement in all aspects of the Program.

Credit Type

Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in direct USF credit.

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Michael Foley has been involved in the world of professional dance for almost 20 years and is considered a master teacher and choreographer in his field.

He began dancing under the tutelage of Marcy Plavin at Bates College where he received his BA in English and Spanish. During Mr. Foley's 10 years based in New York City following his undergraduate studies, he performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in the companies of over two dozen choreographers including Doug Elkins, Kevin Wynn, Sean Curran, Roberta Garrison, Joy Kellman, Donna Uchizono, Ruby Shang, Ben Munisteri and Eun Me Ahn.

Mr. Foley has taught workshops and master classes at universities, academic institutions and private studios throughout the United States, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Panama and Cuba. He has served on the faculties of New World School of the Arts in Miami, The Amsterdam Dance Center, The Association of Professional Dancers in Ireland, Balettakademien in Stockholm and Bates College, where he was a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance in 1996. He has served on the summer faculties of The Florida Dance Festival and The New York Dance Intensive on numerous occasions. Mr. Foley was also a faculty member at DanceSpace Center in New York City for 10 years as well as an instructor at Steps, Peridance and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. He has been co-director of the Bates Dance Festival/Young Dancer's Workshop since 1996, which has been attracting pre-professional dancers from around the world for over ten years. Mr. Foley has also taught at the prestigious National Ballet School of Cuba, and assisted Shonach Mirk-Robles at the Paris Opera Ballet School for the remounting of Maurice Bejart's "Variations Don Giovanni", which premiered at the Paris Opera in April, 2006.

Mr. Foley has received choreographic commissions from Harvard University, Texas Woman's University, University of Florida, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Texas, New World School of the Arts, d9 Dance Collective in Seattle, Moving Current in Tampa, Steeledance in New York City, Modern American Dance Company in St. Louis, Eisenhower Dance Company in Detroit, Shade/Lacy Duets in Texas, Jus de la Vie Dance Company in Sweden, DoubleTrouble in Paris, Delfos Danza in Mexio, Momentum Danza in Panama and DanzAbierta in Havana, Cuba, among many others. His work has been performed at many well-respected venues for dance around the world, including Lincoln Center's Out-of-Doors Festival and Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, The Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, The Dance Place in Washington, DC, The Rieman Center for the Performing Arts at Harvard University, Teatro Mella in Havana, Theatre Balettakedemien in Stockholm and The Beckett Centre at Trinity College in Dublin.

In 1994 he formed his own company, "Michael Foley Dance," touring the United States and Europe. Called "exuberant" and "hypnotic" by The New York Times, the Company received funding for new work and outreach programs from Miami Dance Futures, Harvard University, Florida State University/Sarasota, The River Towns Arts Council, The Hastings Creative Arts Council, Raritan Valley Community College, Abizaid Arts, Inc. and Evolving Arts, Inc. in New York City. The Company was based in Ireland from 2000 - 2002 as part of a multi-year collaboration with County Kildare's "Fluxusdance," receiving support from The Irish Arts Council and The Kildare County Arts Council, and has toured several times throughout Ireland.

Mr. Foley received his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington in 2002 where he performed in the works of several of the 20th century's major choreographers, including Mark Morris, Alwin Nikolais, Hanya Holm, Stephen Petronio, Michio Ito, Dore Hoyer and Bill Evans.

Mr. Foley is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida where he teaches modern dance technique, choreography, dance history, and directs a yearly study abroad program for American dancers in Paris.

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Program Costs 

2016 Program Fee: TBA

  • Double-occupancy lodging
  • All ground transportation including chartered bus to and from the airport, unlimited use of metro and bus systems within Paris, group day trips to sites outside of Paris including Chartres, Versailles, Auvers-sur-Oise and Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • Admission and entrance fees to sites visited as part of the academic program and entry into multiple performances.
  • Map and Guide in Paris
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance coverage
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • USF Education Abroad administration
  • Study Abroad Alumni T-shirt or Inflatable sleeping pillow

Not Included:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Individual instructional materials & books (approximately $50.00)
  • Meals and personal expenses (suggested budget of approximately $200.00 per week)
  • Optional trip cancellation/travel insurance
2016 Payment Schedule:
  • Upon Commitment - $500 deposit payment
  • March 1 (90 days before departure) - 25% of program fee is due
  • April 1 (60 days before departure) - 75% of program fee is due
  • May 1 (30 days before departure) - 100% of program fee is due
Post-Commitment Cancellation Policy:
  • You are liable for $100 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel at least 91 days prior to departure.*
  • You are liable for $300 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel between 61 and 90 days prior to departure.*
  • You are liable for up to 100% of the program fee if you cancel 60 days or less prior to departure.*
*Education Abroad will assess on a case-by-case basis the non-recoverable costs of the program for which the student is liable.

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Who Can Participate?

USF School of Dance Students upon the approval of Professor Foley.

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There

Air travel is not included in the program fee. Students will be given a suggested flight or flights to choose from as they plan their travel. A Paris Navigo pass will be provided to each student which allows unlimited use of the Paris metro and bus systems for the duration of the program. Students who wish to combine this program with independent travel in Europe are encouraged to do such travel prior to June 1st or return to the U.S. at a later since the program schedule will not allow for independent travel in Europe during the month of June.

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Medical Insurance

All participants must be in possession of a valid U.S. Passport, or a valid passport from their country of residence. It is the responsibility of non-U.S. program participants to learn visa requirements and obtain their visa before travel.

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Travel Documentation

U.S. citizens going to France on this program need a passport valid for 6 months at entry and 3 months beyond the last planned date of travel (Last Updated: July 2015). For more information, see the Department of State website for France.

Non U.S. citizens are responsible for inquiring about passport validity and visa requirements.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

There are currently no required vaccinations for travelers to Paris, however you are encouraged to speak with your regular physician about your program and any risks it may involve. Those with health concerns or special requirements should discuss this with the Education Abroad Office and Program Director.

Country Information

US Department of State, country-specific information:

Preparing for your trip:

Common Crimes: U.S. citizens in France should be particularly alert to pickpockets in airports, train stations, and subways. Travelers should keep photocopies of travel documents and credit cards separate from the originals, along with key telephone numbers to contact banks for credit card replacement.

Thieves operate in the airports and on the RER rail link from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris, where they prey on jet-lagged, luggage-burdened tourists. In one common ruse, a thief distracts a tourist with a question about directions while an accomplice steals a momentarily unguarded backpack, briefcase, or purse. Thieves also time their thefts to coincide with train stops so they may quickly exit the car just before the automatic doors close. Travelers should consider taking an airport shuttle bus or taxi from the airport into the city. Use only the official taxi stop. Reports of stolen purses, briefcases, and carry-on bags at Charles de Gaulle Airport are also common. Travelers should monitor their bags at all times and never leave them unattended. As thieves commonly target laptop bags, travelers should avoid carrying passports and other valuables in computer bags. Another common method involves picking up a traveler's shoulder bag that has been placed on the floor while the traveler is busy at the ticket or money exchange counter.

Pickpockets are especially active on this métro line during the summer months and use a number of techniques. The most common is the simple "bump and snatch," where an individual bumps into the tourist while at the same time reaching into the pockets/purse/bag. Be particularly careful when métro doors are closing, as this is when less-sophisticated pickpockets simply grab valuables and jump through the closing doors, leaving the victim helplessly watching as the thief flees. You should NOT confront thieves aggressively; they often operate in groups and may become violent if cornered. Simply drawing attention to an attempted theft will most likely stop the operation and cause the thief to retreat.

Many U.S. citizens have had purses or bags stolen from the back of a chair or from under the table while in restaurants and nightclubs/bars. Again, keep your valuables with you and do not leave them unattended or out of your sight. Thefts also occur at the major department stores where tourists often place wallets, passports, and credit cards on cashier counters during transactions.

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are common in France and provide ready access to cash. Don't use ATMs in isolated, poorly lighted areas or where loiterers are present. Be especially aware of persons standing close enough to see the Personal Identification Number (PIN) being entered into the machine. Thieves often conduct successful scams by simply watching the PIN as it is entered and then stealing the card from the user in some other location. If the card gets stuck in the machine, you should immediately report it to the bank where the machine is located.

The Paris Police Prefecture publishes a pamphlet entitled "Paris in Complete Safety" that provides practical advice and useful telephone numbers for visitors.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

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Special Terms

Students should review carefully the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

Michael Foley, Program Director
School of Theater and Dance
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., TAR 230
Tampa, FL 33620-5550

Krissy Loveman
Education Abroad Advisor
USF Education Abroad
Phone: (813) 974-8983