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Israel, Summer

Dancing to a Different Tune

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I) Summary

Location: Multiple locations, Israel

Dates: May 28 - June 20, 2020

Credits Offered: DAN 74664 (3 credits)
(this course partially fulfills elective credit for the Dance major/minor)

Application Deadline: March 17, 2020

Program Fee: $960 (estimate) includes housing, tickets to dance performances, and international health and travel insurance. TUITION and AIRFARE are NOT included in the program fee. All students are responsible for arriving at their study abroad location by the first day of the program; this may mean flying the day before.

Payment Schedule: $350 application fee and deposit is due with the application. $610 (program fee balance; estimate) is due March 31, 2020. Payments must be made with certified check or money order. NO CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS OR CREDIT CARDS. Payments should be made at the Office of Education Abroad during office hours.

Students are responsible for meeting the payment deadline regardless of funding source, i.e. Macaulay Opportunities Fund, scholarships, loans, or any other type of financial aid. Late fees will be applied to all delayed payments.

Financial Aid: Please be sure to meet with the Financial Aid Office to discuss your particular financial aid package.

Scholarships: In addition to Chancellor’s Global Scholarship and Gilman Scholarship, students should visit our Scholarships Page for more opportunities.

Students interested in applying for the Gilman scholarship should email Stephen Lassonde at

II) Program Description

Students must attend class meetings in New York on May 27th and June 21st.

Dancing to a Different Tune offers Hunter College dance students one course to be taken in Israel in which they will learn about the breadth and diversity of Israeli dance and dance education in the context of the historical, cultural, political and social conditions of modern day Israel. The program will address:

  • What makes Israel a hub for creativity and innovation in contemporary dance?
  • What makes dance training and education in Israel successful?
  • What attracts such large numbers of children and teens to study dance in Israel?
  • What are the cultural, historical, social, economic and political conditions that feed this interest and need for dance, dancing, moving and expressing through the body?
  • What role does dance, particularly modern dance, play in Israeli popular culture and why does dance seems to matter in Israel?

This program starts with three days in Jerusalem and then moves to Kibbutz Gaaton and finally Tel Aviv, where the group will stay at two different locations. Blakeley White-McGuire of Hunter College will lead the intensive comprised of daily classes, readings and lead discussions along with Professor Neta Pulvermacher of the JAMD (Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance) and guest teachers and speakers including Iris Lana, Yahli Nativ, Yasmeen Godder, Iris Erez, Hodel Ophir, Sahar Damoni, Rand Taha, Ran Brown and other leading Israeli choreographers and dance scholars.

Site visits include Masada, The Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Tiberias, The Vertigo Eco Dance Art Village in Emek Ha Ellah, The Golan Heights, and the Sea of Galilee). 


  • DAN 22000 and DAN 22500. Prerequisites for existing courses may be adjusted or waived with the approval of the academic department/college if appropriate. If the required prerequisites do not appear on your transcript, you may contact the faculty member for a waiver form, which should be submitted with your transcript as part of your application to the Office of Education Abroad.
  • Priority given to majors and minors in both Dance and Dance Education of those who have completed DAN 22000 and DAN 22500.

All applicants must fulfill the general eligibility requirements along with this program's prerequisites.

Credits & Grades

Students in this program will receive both credits and letter grades. Grades will count toward their Hunter GPA.

III) Costs of Attendance

Tuition (3 credits, calculated at the undergraduate, in state rate) $915
Program Fee $960 (estimate)
Not included in Program Fee (estimates):
Airfare $1,200
Local Travel
Independent Excursions
TOTAL US (estimate) $4,335

IV) Further Inquiries

Academic Inquiries
Faculty: Prof. Blakeley White-McGuire
Department of Dance
Phone: 212-772-5012

Administrative Inquiries
Education Abroad Office, Room E1447
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