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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Spring - Short Term
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
HOM 400/600: Afro-Cuban Roots in Havana: Festive Dance and Music
(1 credit; Spring 2018; travel to Cuba during spring break)

Havana Dance and Music
In this spring break trip, you will learn to perform dance movements and rhythms based in the Afro-Cuban and Franco-Haitian communities of Havana and Matanzas. You will learn three styles of rumba dance, tumba francesa, and gagá from renowned instructors. You will also visit Cuba’s National Folk Ensemble, go to the Museum of the Revolution, take in two dance performances, and meet with rumberos in Matanzas. Through these activities, you will understand the important role of Afro-Cubans and their cultures in Cuba’s history and in its current society.

This class, limited to 12 students, is open to all students. Students in the Spring 2018 course HOM 326, Music in the Caribbean, are particularly encouraged to take this class; however, it is open to any student.

Sydney Hutchinson is assistant professor of ethnomusicology and a Judith Seinfeld Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Syracuse University. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on music and dance of the Hispanic Caribbean as well as a former salsa dancer with Razz M’Tazz Mambo Company in New York City. Hutchinson also plays Dominican merengue típico accordion, a style she has researched since 2001, and has taught a summer study abroad course in the Dominican Republic.

Tentative Itinerary
Saturday, March 10: Depart Syracuse/ Arrive in Havana/Welcome dinner
Sunday, March 11: Guided Tour of Old Havana
Monday March 12: Talk on Afro-Cuban Festive dance/Dance class/Percussion and song class
Tuesday, March 13: Dance classes/Visit to Ban Rara Franco-Haitian Dance Company
Wednesday, March 14: Dance classes/Drum and song class/Evening show: Cabaret Parisién
Thursday, March 15: Dance classes/Visit to the Cuban National Folk Ensemble
Friday, March 16: Visit to Matanzas/Dance classes
Saturday, March 17: Cultural activities and tours/Farewell party
Sunday, March 18: Return to Syracuse

  • Tuition for the course will be covered as part of regular spring semester tuition as long as you do not exceed 19 credits.
  • All students pay a program fee for the travel portion of the course. The approximate program fee for this program is $3900-4100 and includes round-trip transportation from Syracuse to Cuba, accommodations in “casas particulares” (private homes similar to B&Bs but with Cuban flavor), some group meals, ground transportation, and entrance fees. It also includes all activities and services for which a separate fee is not charged. The final fee will be set once airfare and other expenses have been confirmed.
Prospective students must submit the short-term program application and a $70 non-refundable application fee to SU Abroad by October 15, 2017. All applications will be reviewed by an admissions committee made up of Professor Hutchinson and an SU Abroad representative. Students will be notified of their acceptance shortly thereafter. Upon acceptance, a $575 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your participation in the program. This is due within 10 days. Final payment will be due December 15, 2017.

For more information, please contact Cara Hardy:
Sydney Hutchinson:

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.