Dance in Brazil this summer from August 8-17, 2018 with Movement Exchange. Take classes in a variety of traditional Brazilian dance forms, visit Rio de Janeiro’s iconic sites, and immerse yourself in one of the world’s art meccas. During this exchange, you’ll discover what it means to move to change.

Christ the Redeemer Rio de Janeiro

Why Join an International Dance Exchange?

In Brazil, your days and nights will be overflowing with dance. The days will be spent teaching at local youth foundations and taking class in a variety of Brazilian dance forms. At night we will visit festivals, markets, and outdoor music venues where the dance community comes to life. Get ready to samba in Rio de Janeiro.

How to Join:

To join us August 8-15 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, you need to apply. After we receive your application, you’ll receive an email with a registration form and more information about your deposit, flights, and travel information.

For more information on Brazil and how to prepare for your exchange, visit our Pre-Departure Handbook.

Program Donation:

Students: $2,500
Non-Students: $2,700

A $700 non-refundable and non-transferrable deposit is due before the international dance exchange. The remainder of your program donation is due by June 1st.


  • Ten days and nine nights at rented apartment or hotel (shared rooms)
  • Transportation to and from airport
  • Daily transportation between activities
  • 24/7 guides and translators
  • Dance and arts classes with local dance professionals
  • Discussions and guest lectures on Brazilian culture
  • Breakfast, lunch, and some dinners
  • Connections to all partners within the dance community of Brazil
  • Excursions to beaches, historic sites and museums in Rio de Janeiro
  • Pre-program preparation

Does Not Include

  • Airfare to and from Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
  • Brazilian Visa
  • Personal expenses
  • Some meals
  • International travel/health insurance
View of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil


Capoeria dance in Brazil

Morning: Bem-vindo ao BrasilWelcome to Brazil! After your long flights, we will get settled into our apartment in Copacabana before strolling to the local fruit juice stand for your first taste of tropical goodness.

Afternoon: Lunch will be out near the fort of Copacabana overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Our first afternoon will consist of a walking tour of parts of Zona Sul and exploring the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and, of course, the Rodrigo Freitas Lagoon right in the middle of the city.

Evening: A group dinner of traditional Brazilian food ends our first day. Lots of activities are to come so rest up! Boa noite!

Volunteers teaching dance in Brazil

Morning: Are you ready for our first day of dance in Brazil? Today is our first day teaching in the communities of Pavao and Pavazinho. We will be partnering with the organization, Viva Rio, that works in vulnerable communities throughout Rio de Janeiro.  Around 25 children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old will be participating in our dance programming of 2 hours each morning.

Afternoon:  Lunch is followed by a visit to the “Vista Chinesa” which has a great lookout point over the city. Then, it’s on to a forro class. Forro originated in the Northeast of Brazil, and as legend has it (although some doubt this theory), was taken from the English phrase “for all.”

Evening: Tonight we will have a chance to practice what we learned in forro class when we attend the weekend festivities at the Center of Northeast Traditions. We will eat some of the famous tapioca delicacies and dance the night away to a live band or two.

Volunteers enjoy Brazilian fashion

Morning: We’ll be back at Viva Rio for our second day of teaching. Today is the day to begin to delve deeper into your class material.

Afternoon: Our afternoon will be spent learning a bit more about Brazilian history at one of the museums in the beautiful colonial area of downtown Rio.

Evening: A night class at the dance studio of Fundacao Progreso in maracatu (a typical dance originating from the state of Pernambuco) warms us up for more forro dancing to live music at the traditional dance hall, Estudantina.

Maracatu dance class in Brazil

Morning: Our morning ritual teaching class to our students continues today.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will visit the most famous of Rio attractions, Christ the Redeemer! Standing on top one of the highest points in the area, you can see the glory of Rio’s geography below you.

Evening: Tonight we will take an Afro-Brazilian orixa dance class and have dinner at the amazing restaurant and museum, Rio Scenarium.

Fruit market in Brazil

Morning: After another morning teaching the youth at Viva Rio a dance class, we will visit the Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro to learn about the flora and fauna.

Afternoon: And where do Cariocas (the natives of Rio) go on a sunny afternoon? To the beach! We will follow suit and spend the afternoon at the beach. Each different section of the beach is divided up based on “tribes”. You will soon see that the “hippies” are at this part of the beach, the “families” are here, and the “fitness buffs” are over there. Your inner anthropologist will be amazed. Brazilians take their beach culture very seriously.

Evening: Dinner will be on your own tonight, giving you time to hunt down your favorite dishes so far!

Maracatu dance festival in Brazil

Morning: This is a our last day teaching the students of Viva Rio in Pavao, so it’s a good chance to go over all we’ve learned this week.

Afternoon: This afternoon consists of leaving the beach communities and seeing some of the neighborhoods in the hills of Rio. The artsy community of Santa Teresa has many galleries and hidden treasures.

Evening: We will then travel to yet another neighborhood to take a class in traditional Brazilian dance (samba, afro, etc.) and see it all put into action at the famous outdoor samba gathering, “Pedra do Sal”.

Palm Trees in Rio de Janeiro

Morning: Our last couple days in Rio are for exploring the nature outside of the city and enjoying more of the dance community’s offerings. An hour from Rio is the beach, Prainha, a surfer’s paradise.

Afternoon: Surrounded by the luscious green mountains, you’ll have the afternoon off to swim, paddle board, and take a nearby hike.

Evening: Back in Rio, we head to a local venue to listen to local musicians from the area play our favorite Brazilian tunes we’ve learned throughout the week.

Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro

Morning: We will spend the morning in nature, visiting a waterfall and swimming hole just outside of town.

Afternoon: Today, we visit to the new Museo do Amanha (Museum of Tomorrow) built by the neofuturist architect, Santiago Calatrava on the waterfront.

Evening: Tonight’s capoeira class gets us warmed up for the evening event of visiting one of Rio’s samba schools that compete during carnival.

Dancers visit Paraty in Brazil

Morning: We’ll visit the local contemporary dance studio for a dance class taught by a local instructor.

Afternoon: Light lunch in one of the fun bistros in the Botafogo neighborhood.  It’s time for any souvenir shopping or juice drinking

Evening: Following dinner, we’ll spend our night dancing our last bit of samba!

View of Rio de Janeiro's most iconic sights

Morning/Afternoon: Obrigado and ate logo! There’s time for one last walk on the beach, one last bowl of acai, or one last dance party. Brazil and Movement Exchange thank you for your service, passion, and dedication!


A portion of your program donation supports year-round, locally staffed dance education for hundreds of youth at Movement Exchange’s partner locations.

Volunteers dancing in Brazil


How many dance diplomats attend each exchange?

We usually host between 7-10 dancers on each international dance exchange to Brazil.

Do I have to speak Portuguese to attend the international dance exchange?

There are no foreign language requirements to attend an international dance exchange. You will have a 24/7 guide who speaks both English and the language of the host country.

What level of dance experience is required?

The only requirement for attending an international dance exchange is a passion for dance and a desire to spread the joy of movement. Volunteers of all dance backgrounds are welcome to participate in an international dance exchange and are invited to teach their speciality. In addition to teaching, volunteers will be exposed to various styles including samba, maracatu, forro, and more.

Is any teaching experience required to attend the exchange?

Teaching experience is not required before attending an international dance exchange. During our discussions, we will be reviewing teaching methods and curriculum planning to provide you with the resources you need to be a successful dance educator.

Do I have to be a university student to attend an exchange?

No! Anyone over the age of 15 is able to join! High school students, university students, graduate students, dance educators, and professional dancers have attended exchanges in the past. No matter your dance background, you are invited to join the exchange.

Who will you teach during the international dance exchange?

You will be teaching youth ages 4 to 18 years old in underserved communities of Rio de Janeiro as well as Brazilian university students (when our itinerary includes a day at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). 

What will you teach during the international dance exchagne?

This depends on your background and interests. The youth are receptive to almost anything, provided you make it fun. Past classes have included ballet, jazz, chinese ribbon dance, belly dancing, modern, and capoeira.

Can I organize an exchange with my studio, company, or friends?

Absolutely! You’ll need a group of at least 10 people and you can pick any week throughout the year. Email us at and we would be happy to tell you more about this process.

This trip has given me a greater sense of purpose to use dance as a tool to bring together a community. Seeing how dance was such a staple in the Brazilian culture made me want to re-evaluate my passion for dance and figure out ways to sustain it. It has given me a sense of empowerment that I can do what I have always dreamed of doing which is to travel and work in dance.

— Bailey, Dance Diplomat