School of Theatre & Dance
Dance in Paris

Dance in Paris Semester Program Overview



The Dance Program at USF expanded the parameters of its curriculum by offering students a very unique semester program of study in Paris starting in 2016, in addition to their dedicated summer program. Directed by USF Dance faculty member Michael Foley, and led by a world-class faculty of dance professionals, this course of study in Paris is an altogether different kind of semester-long opportunity for serious dancers and choreographers to live, dance and study in one of the world’s greatest cities.  The curriculum, as well as the multitude of performances and excursions included in the program’s offerings, present an opportunity for dance majors to expand their historical, cultural and performance-based knowledge through exposure to the rich tradition of dance in the French capital, and immerse themselves in European dance culture.

The USF Dance in Paris Semester Program features studio classes in a range of genres (ballet, modern, yoga and world dance forms), as well as extended choreography workshops and historical lectures taught by both Western and non-Western dancers and choreographers of distinction, thereby exposing students to the contemporary Continental dance lexicon as it relates to their own experience.


As Paris is the cradle of western dance civilization, students visit the sites of some of history’s greatest dance events, including The Paris Opera and Versailles, but students will also take full advantage of the city’s many museums and music venues, as well as those areas unique to the everyday life of the city, such as its cafés and the metro.

Students attend concerts and events by a diverse range of artists from around the world not usually seen in the U.S., thereby expanding their performance vocabulary.  In 2018, students will see live performances by The Paris Opera Ballet, as well as performances of works by Pina Bausch, Emanuel Gat, Anne Teresa deKeersmaeker, William Forsythe, Sasha Waltz, and Hofesh Shecter, among many others.

The program also features three different weekend excursions to Amsterdam, Berlin and Rouen, France, respectively, to work closely with major choreographers and their choreographic process, and to gain new creative perspectives in different European cities. The 2018 Program also features an additional 2-day workshop in Berlin with dancers from the companies of Crystal Pite and Jiri Kylian, respectively.

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