For over a century scholars from around the world have traveled to Bali to observe the unique interplay between social systems, religious ritual, and artistic performance, especially music and dance. Students in this program will gain an understanding of the relationship between artistic practices, religious traditions, and social structures, in a place where the intersection of these elements is as rich and complex as anywhere in the world. Students will also learn how these practices adapt to and address modern issues and challenges, such as globalization, communication technologies, environmental degradation, etc. Students will develop a rich hands-on understanding of Balinese culture by observing, studying, participating in community and artistic events, and by engaging in discussions with Balinese scholars of music, dance, and religion. Regardless of previous background or experience, all participants will gain extensive hands-on experience in Balinese gamelan music and traditional dance styles.