A Moving and Grooving Monday!

Today was incredible! The dancing, service, and cultural experiences made today so fulfilling. We began the day taking class with Tina’s company. The class focused on using the floor and the spiral of the back to create movement. I loved seeing the dancers from the other universities move. I feel more connected to them through dancing with them. Next, Beth taught a contemporary class to us and the University of Panama students. Beth’s class had a unique dynamic and movement quality that left everyone feeling challenged and that helped all the dancers grow in versatility. I loved watching Beth move! After a full morning of dance, we went to Malambo Orphanage. Here we played with the kids and taught two classes. I was so impressed with the middle school aged girls we taught. They were so eager to learn choreography and to perform to music. We taught them a sassy jazz combination, and they executed the movement with spunk and great showmanship. I am blown away by the power of movement to draw people together. The more I teach and the more I watch my fellow Movement Exchange members teach, I learn how dance is a universal language that can connect all people. This trip is changing my perspective of dance. Dance is not just about showing off technique; it is about bringing people together and sharing love and energy through movement.

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  • What a beautiful reflection Kenna! My favorite part: “I am blown away by the power of movement to draw people together. The more I teach and the more I watch my fellow Movement Exchange members teach, I learn how dance is a universal language that can connect all people. This trip is changing my perspective of dance. Dance is not just about showing off technique; it is about bringing people together and sharing love and energy through movement.”

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