Diplomacy through Dance: Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA) NY/Beijing Dance Initiative


Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA) is in it’s 3rd year of the APSA NY/Beijing Dance Initiative, a program that brings American High School students to China for a week-long exchange with students at the Beijing Dance Academy.

While in Beijing, the students study several types of traditional Chinese dances (including Tibetan and Classical Chinese dance) as well as collaborating with the students at the Beijing Dance Academy to create a showcase performance on April 10th, 2015. The American and Chinese students live in the same environment, attend the same classes and share a passion for dance that surpasses language barriers.

Check out some of the photo highlights of the 2015 APSA scholars in Beijing below:

The 2015 APSA NY/Beijing Dance Initiative students arrive in Beijing!
The APSA Dance 2015 students impress locals on an escalator.
APSA 2015 students strike a pose next to a 798 statue.
APSA 2015 students at the Mutianyu Great Wall!



APSA hopes that through this exchange, they will empower these students with confidence and a global perspective, allowing them to seek other international opportunities in the future. In the summer of 2014, a 2008 program alumnae returned to Beijing for an internship with the Beijing Dance Festival; evidence of the program’s success exposing students to international opportunities!

We’re happy to see Pengyous making connections through the Arts and Dance. Great work, APSA!

About APSA

Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA) is a non-profit organization that brings public high school students from the United States to China for life changing study abroad programs on full scholarship. APSA’s mission is to create global education opportunities for youth in underserved communities in the US, and to empower the youth of today to change the world of tomorrow by learning to cooperate, collaborate, and innovate across national borders.  Since 2008, APSA has provided full scholarship programs to 175 students from public schools in 10 US cities.

Check out the APSA website at www.apsaglobal.org and see more photos of the scholars on the APSA NY/Beijing Dance Initiative Facebook Page


All photos courtesy of APSA