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Supporting the university's goal of developing global relationships and cultural learning experiences, The School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at TCU encourages students to pursue international experiences through TCU's Study Abroad programs.


The School for Classical & Contemporary Dance seeks to provide every dance major with an international experience prior to graduation, whether that is through a study abroad experience, internationally-based course work or guest artists in residence at TCU. Dance faculty value cross-cultural exchange for a total education and strongly support intellectual and experiential studies throughout the global community.


Semester study abroad in the UK at the University of Roehampton’s top-rated dance department is the newest opportunity for BFA dance students. SCCDance majors who qualify for entry into the TCU-in-London: Roehampton Program will pay TCU tuition and retain their TCU financial packages. The SCCDance faculty will work with BFA ballet and/or modern dance majors to determine which courses transfer into their curricular plans at TCU, so that students stay on target to graduate in eight semesters.*  Study Abroad


In summer 2013, dance faculty Susan Douglas Roberts and Elizabeth Gillaspy led a group traveling in Budapest, Prague and Vienna. The course was titled Dance and Music: Living Art, Living Culture and was open to all university students. In 2008, faculty and students from the SCCD traveled to the UK for study in Physical Theatre at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England and attended the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In collaboration with Fort Worth Sister Cities International, DanceTCU has traveled to Italy, Germany, México and Japan to perform, participate in master classes, and learn something of these cultures first hand. SCCD faculty regularly travel and teach/perform abroad, and bring those experiences back to TCU with them.


Our students enjoy opportunities to learn about various cultures through focused interaction with guest artists. For example, dancers were introduced to the world-renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre by founding company member Chen Shu-gi; seniors in the International Dance Forms course studied Flamenco with guest artist Fred Darsow; and choreographer Hsieh Chieh-Hwa (Taiwan) staged a work for DanceTCU. In addition to these targeted experiences, the entire SCCDance community has had the pleasure to host performances by companies from Argentina, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Japan, México, Paraguay and Perú.


*BFA dance majors who pursue double majors, double degrees, minors or certifications outside of the dance programs may need more than eight semesters to complete that additional course work if they choose to study abroad.