Video: Students Share Dance Study Abroad Experience in Thailand

Aug. 31, 2015

Video: Students Share Dance Study Abroad Experience in Thailand
Seven students traveled to Webster Thailand to study the theory and practice of Thai classical and international dance.

"I didn't want to let this opportunity slip through my fingers."

Corbin Hall, a graduating senior earning his BA in Dance, spoke for many of the seven students who saw a chance they couldn't pass up last summer when the Department of Dance offered a unique study abroad opportunity in Thailand.

Led by department chair James Robey and artistic director Beckah Reed, the students in Webster's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts studied Thai classical dance and created a culminating performance entitled, “East Meets West." Robey and Reed taught courses in dance as well as women studies.

While at Webster Thailand, Marissa Beccard, Abby Contreras, Corbin Hall, Melanie Harvengt, Shannon Haubrich, Tyra Kopf, and Isabelle Lande studied the theory and practice of Thai classical dance and international dance. Haubrich was there thanks in part to a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

A particular highlight of the trip was learning this art form firsthand from Patravadi Mejudhon, Thailand's national artist in performing arts.

See scenes from their experience in the video below, and hear the students discuss the differences between western dance and Thai dance:

For more, read Thailand's "The Nation" feature on the group of students

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