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Winter Intercession

Panama - 2021

Known for its diverse culture, gorgeous beaches and renowned canal, Panama is home to a number of growing metropolises and acts as a link between Central and South America. With Movement Exchange, you will have the opportunity to meet and dance with the Panamanian people by taking local dance classes and being immersed in folkloric rhythms. Additionally, students will guide and facilitate dance classes for the community and perform at the culminating community dance concert. The experience will be followed by a 3-day sightseeing trip of San Blas Islands and Tobago. Come learn about the importance of community, movement, entrepreneurship and activism through the exploration of this fascinating country rich in history and tradition.

A woman leaping on a beach during sunset.

Dates and Destinations

Dates: January 7 - January 17, 2021
Application Deadline: October 2, 2020
Destinations: Panama City, San Blas Islands, Tobago

The Course

Course Title: Dance and the Embodied Community
This course is designed for students interested in merging performing arts, teaching, social activism, and entrepreneurship through dance. It informs students on how to use literary and movement arts within community settings and how community engagement through dance can serve as a medium for social entrepreneurship. In studio sessions, students will learn how to construct and design classes, dance and movement exchanges, and community events. Students will reflect on movement practices that help inform the body as a site for community-based learning in dance, as well as how the body can act as a medium to tell both personal and cultural narratives. Students will develop theoretical bridges between a community’s concerns, needs and assets;  entrepreneurship; and the College’s mission.

This course fulfills many sections for graduation, including credits toward the BA in Arts Leadership as well as the FPA minor (based on specific disciplines: Theatre, Visual Arts, Music or Dance.) It also fulfills FPA core requirement and elective requirements.

A city in Panama, skyscrapers and a park.


The estimated cost per participant of this program is $2432. This includes the 3-credit course taken during Spring Semester, on site transportation, hotel accommodations, comprehensive health insurance, cultural excursions, all meals and round trip airfare.


For more information please contact or Professor Hannah Park at
A GPA minimum of 2.5 is required to participate in this program.