Dance workshops with focus on the Mediterranean begin Sept. 15

instructor teaching student how to belly dance

Teaching International at Penn State Greater Allegheny hosted a Belly Dance Workshop instructed by Susan Goelz, left, a Middle Eastern dance artist, instructor and choreographer.

Credit: Penn State

MCKEESPORT, Pa. — Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to learn about and participate in dance styles from the Mediterranean as part of Teaching International's 2016-17 focus on countries that adjoin the Mediterranean Sea.  

The first workshop, which will teach participants belly dancing, is being presented by Susan Goeltz, a dance artist, instructor and choreographer, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Ostermayer Room of the Student Community Center. For more than 10 years Goeltz has been an active participant in the Pittsburgh area belly dance community. She also assisted with and performed in last spring's campus theatre production, "Traveling Boogie in the 'Burgh."

The dance workshops, coordinated by Teaching International member Mildred Mickle, associate professor of English, will be presented throughout the year.

In addition to the emphasis on the Mediterranean, Teaching International will also be exploring the theme of climate change.