Dance Education in Uganda
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Dates: January 2 - 19, 2014
Participants collaborate with professional dancers, educators, and students from the Royal Ballet Academy and Makerere University. Students take classes in traditional Ugandan dance, East African drumming and teaching methodology with faculty from NYU Steinhardt and Makerere University. Participants then put theory into practice by developing and implementing lesson plans with children from local community-based organizations. This program offers unique access to education and performing arts institutions in Kampala and provides a new global perspective on dance, education and community development.
Learn more about Kampala, Uganda in this article.
Graduate students are encouraged to apply for this program. Qualified upper-level undergraduates (seniors with 96+ earned credits only) withrelated course work may be considered and will require approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor.
MPADE-GE.2025 Section 095 (Class Number 4397) Community Building Through Teaching, Creating, Performing: Dance Education in Uganda (3 Points)
Offered through the Department of Music and Performing Arts
To review a draft of the syllabus click on course syllabus. The information in this document is subject to change.
Read a 2010 alumn's account of her experience as a Dance Education participant - Dancer's Diary
View a Ugandan Broadcast of the 2010 Intersession Program performance at the National Theatre in Kampala:
Deborah Damast, Dance Education, Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions
You will stay at a safe and comfortable hotel in Kampala, arranged by the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs.
Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.
Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.
For a list of recommended packing list, click What to Bring to Uganda.
2014 Graduate Tuition: $1,422 per point plus registration and services fees
If an undergraduate participant enrolls in an undergraduate course number, his/her tuition will reflect the current undergraduate cost per point. 2014 Undergraduate Tuition: $1251 per point plus registration and service fees.
This course counts toward your Spring 2014 courseload and tuition.
2014 Housing Fees: $800
2014 Activity Fees: $600
Final payment of the Housing and Activity Fees are due to the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs on November 20, 2013. Tuition for the course is separate and will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2014. (click here for Bursar's Payment Deadline Dates)
Flight: Transportation from Kampala airport to the hotel will be coordinated by Global Programs. Therefore, students are very strongly encouraged to book their flight on the following dates/times:
Visa: A valid visa to enter Uganda is required. To apply, you must have: a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining until it expires, 2 fully completed application forms (which can be found at the Ugandan Embassy website), 2 passport-type photos, an International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever, a copy of round-trip airline tickets (or itinerary/letter of confirmation from your travel agent) and a $50 money order for single-entry visitor visa fee (you may purchase a money order from any U.S. Post Office).
For more information please visit the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uganda. When applying for a visa, make sure to apply for the Tourist Visa – not a student visa. (Student visas are a designation for those going abroad for a university semester program.) You should obtain your visa in advance of your departure. To be on the safe side, please submit your application at least 1-2 months before departure. Please be aware that it takes approximately 2 days to receive your visa once you have applied. To download a visa application form, click here.
Vaccinations: In order to enter Uganda, visitors are required to show evidence of yellow fever vaccination for this mosquito-borne disease endemic to the tropical belt. Students should visit a health-care provider to determine the medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases. Make a visit at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and, if necessary, to start taking medicine to prevent any illness. The NYU Health Center recommends vaccinations specifically for: Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio Booster, Tetanus (make sure your shot is up-to-date), and Malaria.
In order to best protect yourself from contracting Malaria, it is most important to take anti-malaria medications and to use a strong insect DEET-based repellent. Malerone is a popular anti-malaria medications, and must betaken for 2 days before traveling to Uganda. Some individuals have difficulty with Malarone, so be sure to discuss this medication with your doctor prior to usage. We also recommend that you travel with nets and anti-mosquito sprays, and to wear clothing that covers your entire body at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most abundant. On a separate note, it is important to know that Uganda is referred to as a global leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. For more information about any and all of the above details, please visit the NYU Student Health Center to get more information.
Between December and February, temperatures in Uganda are hot, average from 64° to 84°F, although it is cooler in the mountains. It is also the dry season.
Helpful links: BBC Weather
For More Information
Academic Content: Deborah Damast, Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, 35 W. 4th Street, Suite 777, New York, NY 10003; 212 998 5865; firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Administration: Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs, The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, 82 Washington Square East, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003-6680; (212) 992-9380; email@example.com