Open Call 2015 – A Dancer is Born

Let me preface this blog post by saying that until I went to Panama, I hadn't taken a formal dance class. I haven't been trained in any specific style, nor have I ever considered myself to possess the skills necessary to dance well. For all intents and purposes, I am not, and never have been, a dancer.... Continue Reading →


Dancing, Laughing, Eating and Sharing: Move-Ex Open Call 2015

Each day in Panama was an honor, each smile from the children was a blessing and each laugh from my fellow dance diplomats was a joy; my experience during the Move-Ex Open Call this past week was priceless. My time in Panama with Kourtney, Kate, Ruby, Simone, Olivia, Kim, Jen, Hayley and Mama T (Tinna!)... Continue Reading →

Move-Ex Day 3

Then we went to the University of Panama where Olivia and Kim taught a West African - Urban fusion class. It was so fun and challenging! I saw a lot of smiles and laughter, and by the way the students drummed on the floor at the end of class expressing their enthusiasm about the experience,... Continue Reading →

MoveEx Day Two

This morning I was nervous. At 10:30am I was to teach a class at the University of Panama with one of my awesome cohorts, Kate, who I met only two days prior. Also, I barely speak the language of the students. And yet, within a few minutes into the class, it felt like home. The... Continue Reading →

Goodbye Staten Island, Hello Panamá!

Hello everyone! My name is Simone and I'm so excited to volunteer with Movement Exchange. I live in Staten Island, NY and recently transferred to Hunter College as a dance major! Being a part of Move-Ex is really unexpected and I can't wait to meet everyone. In ten minutes I'm about to say goodbye to... Continue Reading →

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