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Assistant professor Meg Booker in front of St. Basil's Cathedral, Red Square. Photo courtesy of Booker

When Valentina Ryazanova from the People's Friendship University of Russia (RUDN) invited me to bring students to perform in the Moscow 2017 Isadora Duncan dance festival, I knew that I had to make the trip happen. As a university dance professor, I want to provide my students with unforgettable and inspiring experiences. I have made numerous research and performance trips to Moscow in the last 10 years. Here was an opportunity to introduce Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) dancers to a vital art scene in a major global capital. RUDN provided our visas, room and board. A research grant from MTSU covered our remaining expenses. Our trip was in two phases: immersion in early 20th-century dance, followed by exploration of contemporary training practices and performance.

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