The African American Dance Company at Indiana University recently returned from a week-long visit to Beijing, China, where it participated in a cultural exchange program with the School of Law and Humanities at the China University of Mining and Technology.
The American students did their fair share of sightseeing but also participated in several performances to entertain their Chinese guests. The students also attended lectures and performed demonstrations in classes at the China University of Mining and Technology.
Iris Rosa, director of the African American Dance Company, stated: “This is very special for our students and the presence of our ensemble in an international venue will really bring back a lot of attention to our departments and to the university.”
Professor Rosa has led the African American Dance Company since 1974. She joined the faculty of what is now the department of African American and African diaspora studies in 1980 and was promoted to full professor in 2006. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in dance, both from Indiana University.