Dance in Cuba
'Dance is a conversation between body and soul.'
'La danza es una conversación entre el cuerpo y el alma.'
Create, Experience, Discover
Each year more than 50 students in the University of Mississippi’s Department of Theatre Arts and its related programs travel both nationally and abroad to expand their educational and production opportunities. These students are engaged in regional and national conferences, auditions, interviews, showcases and panels to gain new and exciting educational insights—experiences that will ultimately help launch their careers.
The university strongly encourages students to study abroad to experience other cultures, languages and environments. While our dance students will benefit from working with a renowned dance company, they will also gain an appreciation for diversity as they interact with an international community.
In January, seven Ole Miss Theatre Arts seniors traveled to New York to showcase their talents and further their professional careers.
Travel, Learn, Perform
Students studying theatre and dance need many varied experiences other than those available on campus. Ole Miss students travel to auditions for various roles in shows around the country; participate in conference workshops with industry leaders; and visit New York City during their senior year for a showcase with casting agents. The Department of Theatre Arts offers some assistance to students who need help with travel costs, but your generosity can ensure that all deserving students are able to take advantage of exceptional opportunities.
Mississippi: The Dance Company students perform "Attic" by George Staib in the Gala Concert and the South Regional Conference of The American College Dance Association, March 2017.
Dance in Cuba: The Opportunity
This year the department, in collaboration with Mississippi: The Dance Company — the Ole Miss faculty-led dance company founded in 1989 — is emphasizing the opportunity for our students to travel to Havana, Cuba, to work with the professional Malpaso Dance Company. This is one of the most sought-after Cuban dance companies with an international profile. (pictured below). Participating students will learn a new work by Malpaso’s Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, one of the company’s founders, who is also a professor of dance studies at the National Dance School of Havana.
Local audiences will enjoy seeing students perform this work on Jan. 27, 2018, in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
Dance in Cuba: The Need
Dance in Cuba is an amazing opportunity to help our students with resources needed to thrive during their undergraduate years and far beyond graduation.
The Dance in Cuba Ignite Ole Miss campaign is attracting funds to support Department of Theatre student travel to Cuba and to provide other national and international opportunities. Please support our incredibly talented students in their desire to create, learn and discover! All sizes of gifts combine to reach our goal!
In addition to supporting our project financially, please help us even further by sharing our project with your family and friends via email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Become a #DanceinCuba ambassador by sharing ignite.olemiss.edu/danceincuba via your favorite social media channels!
The quote used in this campaign comes from the Cuban Salsa Festivals.