Course Details

Program dates


Travel dates


Course credits

DNC 437

Total credits: 3


Prior experience with movement and dance., Permission of instructor

Susan Haines

Director of Dance
CM 113B

This faculty led study abroad will offer students the chance to visit Milan, Florence, and Venice with a two-week dance immersion in Arezzo. Students will have daily classes from acclaimed European dance artists in contemporary technique, contact improvisation, and somatics and rehearse for two culminating performances with guest choreographers. This physical practice is complemented by the study of visual arts and culture with tours to major historical sites and museums in Milan, Florence, Venice and the Tuscany region surrounding Arezzo. Students must have prior movement experience in contemporary dance with appropriate level placement for the course. This course can be used as a Contemporary technique course towards the Dance Major or Minor.


WWU Students Dancing


Program Highlights


  • Immersion in European contemporary dance styles
  • International performance experience
  • Professional connections with international artists
  • Interdisciplinary study with dance and visual art with museum visits and day trips
  • Learn about the history and culture of Italy through the lens of dance and art making
  • Earn credits for the dance major/minor




Expectations of Participants

Students must be prepared for an immersive dance program with multiple technique classes and rehearsals each day for a two-week period in hot weather. With or without reasonable accommodations, students must be able to: walk for hours at a time in warm weather, climb stairs, stand, and participate in high exertion contemporary dance classes and rehearsals for prolonged periods. On excursion days we will be walking for 4-6 hours per day. On travel days students will be sitting for 2-5 hours. On dancing days, students will be in classes and rehearsals for 6-8 hours per day. 

Refrigeration is not guaranteed for the entire trip. 

Students must work with the WWU Disability Access Center, Wilson Library 170, (360) 650-3083, For service eligibility, a complete diagnostic description from a qualified professional is required. Specific accommodations or services are determined on an individual basis and are modified to meet the unique needs of the student and their academic experience. Accommodation policies and procedures are highly individualized and centered on self-advocacy, realistic self-appraisal, and student growth. Each quarter, students need to activate their approved accommodations for each class. Students choose which of their approved accommodations they want to activate for each class.

We strongly recommend that all students traveling on this Global Learning Program are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to maximize the safety of the student cohort. Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to departure, or provide a proof of an official COVID-19 vaccination waiver granted by WWU.

Participants are expected to abide by all attendance policies of the program, including those for classes and excursions, and to adhere to the program schedule. Since the programs are academic in nature, parents, friends, partners, and families are not permitted on any part of the Global Learning Program. Personal travel must be outside of the course dates and not conflict with coursework or excursion schedules. Travel plans should be vetted by faculty beforehand to ensure personal plans do not interfere with meeting the learning objectives of the course.


Italy inside museum