Panama, You Have My Heart

This is my third time on an exchange and honestly, I didn’t expect to cry this time, but I sure did. My chest feels heavy, full, and numb all at the same time. I don’t know how to describe the feelings I have for these kids and this organization. However, I do know that the... Continue Reading →


Para Ti

Almost a year ago, I found Movement Exchange at Western Michigan University while at my first-year orientation. I felt driven to be a part of the organization because of its union between dance and service. After hearing about the exchange to Panama, I knew it was something I’d like to do. I enjoyed listening to... Continue Reading →

The Power of Positivity

Today we got to visit Aldea for the second time! It was so great to be able to work with the same kids that we worked with yesterday, and it was really exciting to continue to build relationships with them. A huge part of our day focused on community building, as we taught a big... Continue Reading →

Shifting Intention

My hope for the world of dance is a shift in intention. When asked this question during my first few days in Panama, I evaluated my perspective on the direction the dance world is heading in. I came to the conclusion that the world of dance is moving towards one with an intention of personal... Continue Reading →

Perspective and Trust

Hola blog! This is my third time on the Panama train, and I am incredibly grateful for the love and knowledge that have been given to me with each exchange. Going into my third and final Panama experience, perspective and trust are the words that will be guiding my intention for the week. I want... Continue Reading →


The definition of Day 4 is bittersweet. Sweetness comes from the happiness that we brought to children and the fruitful experiences that children brought to us. Bitterness comes from the leaving moment. Children are angels; however, they have to suffer because of the brutal reality. As dancers, we may accept the situation now; however, we... Continue Reading →

Climbing with Courage

Every hike Begins with the first step Every class Begins with a deep breath Neither will be time ill spent Though each have their uphill battles Be fearless and dive right in Because a smile                          a laugh                                     a view Is all it takes to change you   - Mayte Gomez-Cruz, Dance Diplomat from... Continue Reading →

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