Dance and Caribbean Culture

For students enrolled in the Advanced Dance Ensemble, this program will provide an opportunity to travel to Jamaican schools of dance, engage in master classes and performances, and work with a renowned Jamaican choreographer on a piece commissioned especially for the Deerfield dance program. Students will also learn about Jamaican culture by exploring the art and architecture of Kingston and traveling to Ocho Rios on the North Coast to experience the beauty of the countryside.  Throughout the program, students will engage in discussions with Jamaicans to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of dance and art in Jamaican society.

To enroll in this program, Advanced Dance students should first complete the online application. The Global Studies Office will then reach out to students and their families with enrollment material. Only students in DAN500 (Advanced Dance Ensemble) and DAN600 (Advanced Dance Tutorial) will be able to participate.  Financial aid will be available with priority given to students with demonstrated need.

Program Dates

This trip has concluded. The following information has been provided for reference. Please check back soon for updates on our next trip.

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People dancing in the streets, Kingston carnival, Jamaica

Example Itinerary

March 13 — The group will depart Deerfield, travel to JFK, and fly to Kingston, Jamaica.

March 14-18: Each day, students will practice and perform with local dance schools, as well as enjoy excursions around Kingston to experience different aspects of Jamaican culture.

March 18-19: By traveling to the coastal resort town of Ocho Rios, students will have the opportunity to meet local residents, learn more about the impact of tourism, and explore the natural wonder of Dunn’s River Falls and Fern Gully.

March 20: Students will fly out of Kingston and return to JFK airport.**

*This itinerary is subject to change.

** Families are responsible for providing transportation from JFK Airport in New York to the student’s home destination for the remainder of spring break.