Move-Ex at IU: A step-up in our journey towards dance engagement

Movement Exchange has continually emphasized the idea of cross-cultural understanding and engagement through dance. One of the most prominent ways it has fostered this practice is by holding annual dance exchanges in Panama, and more recently, in Brazil, for the many university chapters to attend. While Movement Exchange at IU has constantly strived to make... Continue Reading →

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Moving to Change at the Brown Bag Dance Series

Every semester, members of the SMU Division of Dance get the chance to perform their own choreography for the SMU community over the course of a week. This performance is known fondly as the Brown Bag Dance Series, because it occurs at lunchtime, and audience members are encouraged to bring a bag lunch to enjoy... Continue Reading →

Bittersweet

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 →

Exchange Life 101

Hola! Our first day in Panama started off with a walking tour of our neighborhood, Casio Viejo. We caught glimpses of beautiful French and Spanish architecture, as well as a few monuments and plazas. The heat was definitely a big change from my Midwestern climate, but I think we're all getting acclimated pretty quickly to... Continue Reading →

Rediscovering the True Power of Dance

In the history of almost every dance form is some notion of community—some notion that dance is what brought people together and provided a group of people the opportunity to celebrate their culture and customs. Dance and movement have always served as a way to bring people together and preserve stories, customs, and pasts. And... Continue Reading →

Moving to Change in San Diego

This past January has been a busy month for Movement Exchange at UC San Diego! Aside from our weekly outreaches, we also attended a big service event for MLK Day at local Baker Elementary School, and taught a four hour dance workshop for around 30 students, who ranged in age from 3 to 11 years... Continue Reading →

DREI

In the spring of 2017, recent Loyola Marymount University Graduate and NDEO Member Nicole Closson studied abroad in Bonn Germany. Her experience in a new culture created a passion and inspiration that would lead to the creation of a unique, inspiring, and creative choreographic show. Closson utilized her personal choreographic voice in combination with the... Continue Reading →

Final Day in Chepo!

We had a very exciting and fun-filled day today! We put on a show at the school so the kids had an opportunity to perform all of the dances we taught them over the last few days. Some of their parents came to watch and everyone really enjoyed it! It was so great to see... Continue Reading →

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