Welcome Springfield College students! For five weeks in May and June, a select group of Springfield students take advantage of the Umbra Institute’s incredible location in Perugia, Italy to take a Renaissance dance class, led by Springfield Professor Cynthia Nazzaro, all while studying abroad and living in the real Italy. The course, DHIR 210, is entitled “Passion, Power, & Creative Process: Unmasking Dance in the Italian Renaissance”, and engages students as dancers, choreographers and scholars. Another advantage is that the course provides an incredible experience of learning directly from an Italian dance master. Students also have ample time on the weekends to travel elsewhere in Italy and Europe. Are you ready to experience “la dolce vita” in Perugia and Italy for yourself?
Dates. The Summer Session runs from May 20 till June 24.
Academics. Springfield students and others can take Professor Nazzaro’s course and even a second 3-credit course for very little extra charge. Courses are in English, so no Italian language proficiency is required. Courses meet twice a week, with no classes on Friday. See a list of standard summer courses here.
DHIR 210: Passion, Power, & Creative Process. This course is designed to introduce students to the historical and artistic origins of dance as a theater art with the focus on developments during the Italian Renaissance. Studies will include Italian folk and court dance forms; ballet and contemporary forms; and Renaissance art, theater design, music, and costumes. The course includes a field trip to Florence in addition to in-class instruction.
Student Life. Each summer the Umbra Institute hosts around 100 American students from colleges and universities across the U.S. Housing is provided for all students in shared apartments within a 5-minute walk of the Institute. Apartments are furnished with full kitchens and have WiFi access. (Check out some of the student activities offered at Umbra.)
The class meets a selective requirement for the dance major at Springfield College. For other majors, it may be double-counted as a Visual and Performing Arts general education course and a Global Perspectives general education course. (3 semester hours) Prerequisites: none. Note: This course involves some movement participation, but requires no prior training.
Springfield students get 20% off the standard program tuition.
Pricing for DHIR 210: Passion, Power, & Creative Process (3 credits) is $3,950 – 20% = $3160
Pricing for DHIR 210: Passion, Power, & Creative Process + a second course (6 credits total) is $4,975 – 20% = $3980
- Airport transfer to and from Perugia- Rome
- Two-day on-site orientation led by staff to help you settle into Perugia
- On-site Resident Director.
- Accommodations: shared housing in comfortable apartments with wifi within fifteen minutes of classes. Faculty member housed nearby.
- Access to Umbra Institute Facilities: computer lab, library, student lounge.
- Academics: Five weeks at Umbra Institute plus cultural activities & field trips
- Classes meet twice a week leaving lots of time to immerse in Italian life
- Activities such as pizza night, walking tours, and a student mixer
- Dance Workshop with Italian Master Teacher
Applications are available through Dr. Nazzaro and will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1. Participation requirements are listed on applications. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due on or before March 1, 2017.
“My goal for coming to Umbra was to take the Renaissance dance course and embrace the Italian culture as much as possible. The unique thing I learned at Umbra was that ballet started in Italy and I can say that, here in Perugia, there is music and dance everywhere you go. I have grown so much just by being here and I will never be the same!”
“I came to Umbra to learn about Italy and about the culture here, but also more about America and myself. One regret I hear from every college graduate is that they never took the chance to study abroad. This program is so special and I was very lucky to be a part of something so unique.”