July 7, 2009
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
Three SRU dance majors prepare for month's study in India
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University dance majors Kacie Peterson of Frederick, Md., Patty Petronello of Arlington, Va., and Tayler Sady of Lilly, are spending their summer preparing for a monthlong experience in India as part of the University's Dance in India program.
The students recently gathered for an Indian foods luncheon with program co-directors Srinivasa Mani, professor of professional studies, Jaya Mani, instructor of dance, and Nola Nolen-Holland, assistant professor of dance. Revathi Ramachandran, the student's classical Indian dance teacher from India, also attended along with former program participants.
"I applied for the program when I saw it offered as part of a dance class. I though it would be both interesting to go and to learn," said Peterson. "To be picked, however, is still hitting me as surreal. This is my first trip outside of the country, and I want to use it to learn more about the culture as well as the dance moves. I know I will find it interesting to be away from home and to learn about others."
Ramachandran outlined the program and provided details about where the students will be living in Chennai, India.
The trio departs Friday and will participate in group classes with other Indian students and in private lessons. The students will also participate in a tour of historical dance sites in southern India and visit the ancient temples where classical Indian dance originated. They will visit northern India to tour New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
The Dance in India Initiative is a collaborative project of SRU's dance and professional studies departments. It is funded by the College of Business, Information, and Social Sciences, the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, the Office of International Services, community organizations and private donations.
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