Now in its third year, USF/Dance offers a one-of-a-kind fully accredited semester-long study abroad program in Paris: a rigorous and rich course of study that aligns perfectly with the high standards of the American BFA/BA Dance curriculum. Students take courses in dance technique (modern, ballet, yoga and world dance forms), choreography, dance history and an intensive French language/culture course.
Classes are taught by a world-class faculty from across the academic and professional spectrum. This is a unique program for dedicated dance majors/minors, integrating a global perspective tailored to the curricular, creative and technical needs of today’s college-age dancers while introducing them to the European dance scene. In 2018, students will see live performances by The Paris Opera Ballet, as well as performances of works by Pina Bausch, Emanuel Gat, Anne Teresa deKeersmaeker, William Forsythe, Sasha Waltz, and Hofesh Shecter, among many others.
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All Paris Semester students will need to register for a minimum of 13 credits in dance and 4 credits in French language, although students will take ALL of the courses offered during the program, which include studio, theory, language and performance-based classes. This kind of layered/ integrated approach to learning means that the Paris Semester is effectively one course where the experience is synthesized throughout the semester through lectures, shared discussions and practice.
French language and culture
Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in direct USF credit.
2018 Program Cost: $9280.00 (without tuition)
In State Tuition (13 credits): $2,254.07
Out of State Tuition (13 credits): $6,983.73
All academic instruction / tuition
Accommodation (single-room occupancy)
Board (breakfast/dinner every weekday)
Admission to over 25 performance and cultural events
Monthly metro passes and Airport transfers
Weekend choreographic excursions to Amsterdam, Berlin and Rouen, including a special 2-day workshop with dancers from the companies of Crystal Pite and Jiri Kylian in Berlin
Pre-departure and on-site orientations
Emergency Medical and Evacuation Insurance
Optional traveler insurance
How and When to Pay
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Health and Safety
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.
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U.S. citizens going to France on this program need a passport valid for 3 months beyond the last planned date of travel (Last Updated: July 2016). For more information, see the Department of State website for France.
A visa is required to travel on this program. Applicants will be given further information on how to obtain the visa.
Non U.S. citizens are responsible for inquiring about special passport validity and visa requirements.
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.
The Paris Police Prefecture publishes a pamphlet entitled "Paris in Complete Safety" that provides practical advice and useful telephone numbers for visitors.
Who Can Participate?
This program is intended for serious dance majors who are working at a high technical and choreographic level. The USF Dance in Paris Program partners with Barnard College/Columbia University (Colleen Thomas-Young firstname.lastname@example.org) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Scott Putman email@example.com), so students from these institutions should contact their faculty representatives about this applying to this program. Non-partner university students are invited to inquire/apply to the USF Dance in Paris Semester Program, however there is a cap to the number of students who can attend this program, so space is limited. Students from institutions outside of USF should contact the Program Director for updates on space availability.
Faculty and Contacts
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.
School of Theater and Dance
University of South Florida
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Tampa, FL 33620-5550
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