Unmasking Dance

Passion, Power, & Creative Process: Unmasking Dance in the Italian Renaissance

  • A Weekend Away

    This past weekend, two of my friends and I got the chance to travel to what I think are two of the most beautiful cities in Italy: Venice and Verona.  The weekend started very early on Friday morning (4:30am early)!  We had to make it to the station for a  6 o’clock train to Florence.  Once we arrived, we had a few hours to spare, so what better way to spend the time than to do some flee market shopping.  The market in Florence is a sea of scarfs, souvenirs, and lots of leather;  it can be very easy to get get distracted and lose track of time in this maze.  However, we made it in plenty of time to catch our train to Venice.  About three years ago, I was able to see Venice with my family, however, when I stepped off the train and onto the street I was absolutely blown away.  It was even more beautiful than I remembered.   The water and architecture  are so unique and unlike anything I gave ever seen.  The only means of transportation in Venice are a boat or your walking shoes; so either way it is a very scenic journey.  It took us a while to find out hotel because it was tucked away in a small alley that smelled like fish.  But once we were in our room, we were very pleasantly surprised.  We were able to open our window and sit out on the sill while waving to people taking gondola rides.  Once we settled into our room, we decided to walk around and explore the city.  St. Marks Square was about a five-minute walk from our hotel so it was the first thing on our agenda; and of course no trip to Venice would be complete without some shopping.  Venice during the day is beautiful, but Venice at night is unreal.  Personally the highlight of Venice for me, was walking around at night and seeing everything lit up.  All of the lights shimmered and reflected on the water, and bands were playing in St. Marks Square.  It was a great experience, but we were ready for our next adventure.

    The next day we said goodbye to Venice and hopped on a train to Verona.  This part of the trip was especially exciting for me because I was going to see my family who I haven’t seen since the last time I was in Italy.  The anticipation and the excitement was killing me, and I couldn’t wait for the morning to come so I could see them.  On Sunday morning, we were picked up by my cousins and we headed into Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe to see the sights and Juliets balcony.  Verona is a beautiful city with a lot of history and even more shopping!  I was surprised at how much I loved Verona.  The majority of the buildings were red and the marble streets were pink, the castles are so detailed and have winged shaped pillars to showed alliance to the king.  It was much more than I ever expected.  After a long day of walking around and probably one of the best meals I have had in Italy, it was time to say goodbye to Verona and my family and catch a train back to Perugia.

    My friends and I had such an amazing tip this past weekend.  I’m not sure how we are going to top it, but I am sure we will find a way.


  • Week One!

    My first week in Perugia has been an absolute whirlwind.  There is so much to do and even more to see.   After spending a week walking around and getting to know the region my friends and I have discovered some pretty amazing views.  Living on top of a hill allows us to see the entire city of Perugia.  The views are so breathtaking that no picture could ever do it justice.  Umbria is filled with little shops and restaurants that are very appealing to any tourist; however, it is the places that are tucked away in the streets that are worth the visit.  I have spent a lot of time in the main piazza relaxing and meeting new people on the steps of the church.  Many people call this piazza the “Beach of Perugia” because it is where everyone goes to have a slice of pizza, a cappuccino, and/or talk with friends.  There has been so much to do during the day and even at night (very fun night life!) that it seems there are not enough hours in the day to do it all.  Perugia is a beautiful city that is definitely worth the visit.

    I also got a chance to travel to Florence with my class.  It was a hectic morning trying to get to the train station, but with the guidance of our professor we made it just in time to catch the 6am train.  It was about a two hour train ride to get to Florence from Perugia but it was a very scenic trip.  Once we arrived, we got straight off the train and headed right for the Uffizi Gallery.  The paintings and sculptures in the gallery are absolutely beautiful; it is very possible to get lost and spend the entire day in there.  My class also got to go into the Boboli Gardens which is located behind the Pitti Palace (Home of the Medici family).  The layout of the garden is spectacular; there are so many intricate shapes and diretions to go off in.  It is a very calming and relaxing experience to stroll throught the Boboli Gardens. However, my favorite part of the day was climbing the Palazzo Vecciho and seeing all of Florence before my eyes.  It was a long climb up to the top and a bit claustrophobic at times, but the view was more than worth it.

    So far the trip has been a complete success and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for my weeks to come!

    Alex


  • Passion, Power & Creative Process: Unmasking Dance in the Italian Renaissance

    Join us in our unforgettable summer learning experience in beautiful Italy!

    Our 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 include Italian folk and court dance forms; ballet and contemporary forms; and Renaissance art, theater design, music, and costumes.

    Students will experience the “real” Italy by living and studying in Perugia for five weeks!

    Ciao tutti!!