Abigail Rentfrow ’23 – Japan Study Waseda University

Hi everyone!

My name is Abby Rentfrow, and I am a senior who is dual majoring in dance performance and Japanese language studies. While at Hope, I’ve taken part in a variety of dance opportunities such as Dance X, Student Dance Showcase, Hip Hop Anonymous, and Hope’s dance company, H2. I want to become a professional hip hop dancer, and will be training as a company member with a hip hop company in Grand Rapids this summer. 

I have had an interest in Japan ever since I did a cultural discovery project on it as a little kid, and I have been interacting with the language for as long as I can remember. I have been extremely patient, and I finally have the opportunity to go for the entirety of my senior year! I will be going to Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan through Earlham College’s JapanStudy program, where I will hopefully be able to join a dance circle, and network with amazing hip hop dancers (Tokyo has an amazing hip hop dance scene). 

I am so excited to dive deeper into Japanese culture, fully immerse myself in the language, and share my experiences with you as I navigate through a new setting.