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Faculty-Led: East Meets West, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Winter Break
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Restrictions: KSU applicants only
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Program Description:
Program Description:

East Meets West
Bangkok and Burapha,Thailand

Only approved students may use this application.

Group Photo of Dancers and Fac


Professor Name: Jeffrey Marc Rockland

Total Estimated Cost per student: Approximately $1,550

Disclaimer:  While all attempts are made to keep program affordable, major changes in world currencies will impact costs.

Eligibility:  Must apply* and meet Criteria for Student Selection as per the Student Application for East Meets West.

Course and Credits: DAN 47095 or THEA 61095 ST - East Meets West with Professor Rockland

Program dates: The International part of the program takes place in Thailand and then student participants present their research findings upon returning to Kent State throughout the remainder of the Spring Semester.  Travel dates are December 28th-January 13, 2018. 

NOTE: There are some lay overs during travel and excursions may be planned if time permits.  There is a substantial time change which will likely result in major jet lag upon the return to the United States. 


Application deadline: December 1, 2018 (Please contact Dr. Rockland for more information)



  • Course Name: ST. East Meets West DAN 47095 or THEA 61095

  • Location(s): Bangkok, Thailand, Burapha, Thailand and Kent State University, Kent, OH.Fun with New Thai Friends

  • Mission Statement:

East Meets West creates opportunities for artistic collaboration ,
engages diverse educational experiences and builds global citizens for the 21st century.


  • Goals:

Creating opportunities for teachers and learners to share unique knowledge from their culture.

Supporting the research and development of neSSRU).  For an overview of last year’s successful East Meets West program, please visit the following site:


December 28: dancers meet in Cleveland Airport and long travel itinerary to Bangkok

December 30: dancers arrive in Bangkok in the morning, have brief rest and then begin classes and rehearsals.

December 31: tourist experiences

January 1-January 3:  Create, Rehearse, Study

January 4: Concert Day, Dinner

January 6: Travel and Beach Day

January 7 - January 9: Workshops

January 10: Travel back to SSRU

January 11: Classes/Workshops

January 12:  Bangkok Site Seeing

January 13:  Depart for US

Program highlights/ Itinerary:

Collaboration with international partners in order to create a new work of choreography.
Performances in Bangkok and Burapha, Thailand.
Visits to historic and cultural sites as well as the Indian Ocean.
Exposure to Thai culture, customs, language and the arts.


1. Dancers must possess a strong technique versed in ballet, modern and jazz in order to be chosen as a representative of Kent State’s Dance Division. 

2. Dancers must submit a written proposal which outlines their area of interest in terms of research and contribution to the East Meets West Program.

3. Dancers must be prepared to cover the net costs of the their participation in the program and register for one of the 2 credit courses as listed above.


Dancers chosen must be placed in Professional level technique classes at Kent State University.  Dancers must meet Criteria for Student Selection as per Student Application.
             Working w/Prof. Tawalwongsri

Maximum capacity, if applicable: The maximum capacity for the year’s program has been met and is 10. 


The cost of the program includes airfare purchased for approximately $1,500, transportation within Thailand, housing in Thailand, meals in Thailand and use of facilities for classes and performances in Thailand.  Accommodations are in dorm like hotel settings.  Rooms are shared. Hotels are modest and dancers are expected to adapt their expectations accordingly.  Meals are most often eaten as a group.  Occasional meals may be eaten in small groups and paid for individually by each student.  “Street food” in Thailand can be quite delicious and inexpensive (less than $3 for lunch).  Do not drink tap water.  Do drink plenty of bottled water.  Do not get ice in your drinks unless otherwise advised.  Fruit that has a skin to peel is a better bet than that which needs to be washed.  Professor Rockland and Suwatana Rockland are very familiar with Thailand and will help you understand customs including those related to eating etiquette.


Detailed cost breakdown:

o Tuition: Students must enroll for one of the 2 credit East Meets West courses listed for Spring 2019.

o Program fees: Students must enroll with the OGE (estimated cost is $60), students must also pay for travel insurance (estimated cost is $30).  Students must possess a valid passport and should consult their physician regarding any shots they may wish to have prior to travel.  The KSU Health Center is an affordable place to start this inquiry.

o Flight: Students must pay for own flight.  

o Student Fee beyond above stated costs: The estimated additional student contribution currently stands at

o Estimated personal expenses: Students should bring $200-500 spending money depending on their desire to shop or take part in other activities not covered by the program.

o Total Estimated Cost: The total estimated cost per student (other than personal spending money) is approximately $1,500.

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Application deadline: December 1, 2018.

Payment deadline: Please contact Professor Rockland

Withdrawal deadline: Please contact Professor Rockland

Please check out this documentary film from last year’s trip:


Faculty name and contact info: Jeffrey Marc Rockland

o Email:

o Phone: 520-891-0763

o Office location on campus: D101-C CPA (Center for the Performing
Arts)(formerly: Music & Speech Center),1325 Theatre Drive,Kent OH 44242-0001

o Brief Bio:
Jeffrey Marc Rockland’s career in the arts began at age 4, when
chosen by David Lean to play the role of Sasha in the MGM classic, “Dr.
Zhivago.” Since then, he has appeared in a few films and documentaries
but his primary credits have been as dancer, teacher and choreographer.
Professor Rockland’s training included years as a scholarship student
with Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Princeton Ballet Theatre,
Scottish American Ballet and Boston Ballet. As a Soloist with Atlanta
Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and Principle Dancer with
Bristol Ballet and Universal Ballet (Seoul, Korea), Mr. Rockland danced
lead roles in many of the classic repertoire as well as contemporary
works by many of this century’s most well known choreographers. As a
teacher and choreographer, Rockland was company Ballet Master for Les
Ballets Jazz de Montreal and also served on the faculty of UC Irvine while
attendingas an MFA Chancellors Fellow.

From 1992-1999, Mr. Rockland ran the ballet program at the
University of Northern Colorado. While in Colorado, Mr. Rockland formed
Colorado Dance Theatre and the Greeley Conservatory of Dance.
Additionally, he was a partner in developing the 10,000 square foot
Conservatory Building which still functions as a beacon for the arts.
Rockland’s work as dancer, teacher and choreographer, have taken him
throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Joining Kent University, fall of 2015, he is passionate about developing and supporting new educational and performance opportunities for the
diverse and talented pool of students assembled within the School of
Theatre and Dance. As Dance Division Coordinator, he enjoys helping
students and faculty reach their potential by creating an atmosphere of
synergy and collaboration.

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