Since 2007 DanceAbroad has offered an intensive dance program held in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. We were the first study abroad program in Buenos Aires that was designed specifically for dancers. Today we offer excellent dance programs to provide dancers with the opportunity to study dance, learn Spanish, and to explore the rich and exciting culture of Argentina.
DanceAbroad Argentina and Dean College Collaboration
The DanceAbroad Argentina-Dean College collaboration offers advantages not found in simple college-level language study abroad programs. Uniting dance study with foreign language study while earning college credit is the key.
We believe that training the complete dancer extends well beyond technique classes. Toward that end, each class in the DanceAbroad curriculum complements the other classes, creating a unified experience. For instance, immediate connections fall into place between attending Spanish language classes at the University of Buenos Aires and taking dance classes in Spanish. One informs the other. Likewise, we couple tango history classroom sessions and historic site visits with the experiences of actually dancing tango in technique class and in the Milongas around the city. This integration of multiple types of learning cultivates deeper understanding and absorption.
Furthermore, entering the culture and meeting native speakers through dance reinforces language learning. Dance offers our study abroad students a comfortable and natural way to meet and interact with native speakers, often extending beyond the classroom and studio. This expands the opportunities and learning commonly associated with study abroad.
Through class experience, guest lecturers, instructor collaboration, and cultural exchange we strive to instill an intimate knowledge of dance, culture, art, and the connections among them. Ultimately our students learn to make connections by themselves between lived experience and dance technique as well as between their own cultural knowledge and the changing world around them.
Intensive dance classes for dancers of all levels
Intensive dance training is the focus of all of our programs. Students enroll in 8 credits (360 contact hours) of dance classes Our world-class dance instructors are from Argentina and around the globe.
Our students attending the spring semester will be enrolled in a 4.0 credit (60 hours) Spanish class for college credit. DanceAbroad students staying for a shorter period of time, participate in private or small group Spanish lessons. Living and studying in Argentina provides the perfect environment for students to vastly improve their Spanish speaking skills.
Earn credit towards your college degree
Danceabroad offers college credit for dance and Spanish classes. College credit is awarded through Dean College. Earning college credit will depend on the student's program choice and if the credits are approved by the student's home institution.
Excellent housing and accommodations
On-site cultural and administrative staff
Group events and excursions
Cultural exploration and artistic fulfillment
DanceAbroad Argentina gave me my very first opportunity to travel outside of the United States and experience a new culture on my own. First arriving in Buenos Aires, everything seemed different- from the language, to the food and architecture. As I adjusted to this new environment, I learned many things about myself that I would have never realized without this program.
I think in order to find out who you really are, you have to get as far away from yourself as you can to take a good look. Dance Abroad Argentina gave me the chance to get away from everything in my life that I was comfortable with, and learn about myself as well as fall in love with a new culture and people. Going home will be a very hard thing to do.
The DanceAbroad ballet maestra is Maria Chichi Diaz. She is an amazing teacher. Chichi not only knows what you need to do to fix problems with your technique, but can show you, as she is still in tip-top dancer shape and has impeccable technique herself. Her methods allow you to push yourself to do your best. She is not only a teacher to her students, but also a friend. I love Chichi!
In the program, we were required to take a month of Spanish class at the University of Buenos Aires. The class helped immensely, especially since the teachers spoke only Spanish throughout the course.
The best part of the DanceAbroad program is the individualized attention each student receives. Before coming to Argentina, DanceAbroad was extremely helpful and informative in creating a schedule that was personalized. Together, through e-mail and phone calls, we created exactly the dance schedule I wanted this summer. I was able to choose the styles and number of classes I wanted to take.
Airport pick up was great and so helpful to have someone to show me my house and the studios, and it was great to have Mariel to show me around a bit. Mariel is a really fantastic tango teacher, hugely passionate about the dance, so all in all I had a fantastic trip!
In a dynamic combination of classroom learning and on-site experiential exploration in Buenos Aires -- the cradle of tango – this course traces the birth and evolution of tango dance, music, and culture from their beginnings in the late 1800’s to the present. The course presents Argentinian history and culture as context for the origins and evolution of tango dance, music, and related art forms. The class considers, (and meets some of) the significant people in the story of tango. Living and learning in the very place that birthed and sustained tango, class members make guided visits to historic and contemporary sites in Buenos Aires. Students can expect onsite discovery and experiential learning in Buenos Aires, classroom lecture, music in the classroom and in the field, visual aids, assigned reading, original research using primary sources, and reflective writing.
DAN 399 (3 credits)
46.5 Contact Hours
DanceAbroad places an emphasis on learning the language of Argentina. During the first month of the spring semester, students will take a 60-hour University Spanish course. Living and dancing in Buenos Aires provides deep and inspiring immersion in the lively Spanish language and culture of Argentina.
SPN 111, 112, 151 or 152 (4 credits): Introductory Spanish I, Introductory Spanish II, Intermediate Spanish I, Intermediate Spanish II (depending on final placement)
60 Contact Hours
DanceAbroad's mission is to provide dancers with the opportunity to travel while continuing to study dance. We provide the experience of an intensive dance program and immersion in the language and culture of Argentina. DanceAbroad unites dancers and teachers so that they may share in an international dance experience.