Deborah Damast and the Kaleidoscope Dance Company continue exchange activities with university students and master teachers in Uganda. Participants in master classes examined cross-cultural perspectives on communal and individual teaching practices with Jill Pribyl, Grace Flavia Ibanda, and other dance educators in Uganda. This was followed by a workshop in which NYU and Ugandan students collaborated to create video content on best practices in dance education. The instructional videos showcase introductions through dance, development of community agreements, and culturally relevant pedagogy for use in dance education in varied teaching environments.
This initiative was sponsored by the Office of Global Affairs and Experiential Learning’s Internationalizing the Curriculum grant. While study abroad remains unavailable due to travel restrictions and concerns about COVID-19, NYU Steinhardt faculty and staff remain committed to the provision of international education. This is one of many opportunities across the School leveraging our international partnerships, guest speakers, and virtual exchange to connect students with comparative perspectives and global trends in professional practice from around the world.
We plan to resume the Dance Education short-term study abroad program taught by Deborah Damast, in January of 2022. Students will be invited to apply to this and other January and Spring Break study abroad programs this coming August.