First Day at Aldea

By June 1, 2017 May 25th, 2018 International Dance Exchanges

Today was an amazing day! We started out with an awesome folkloric dance class at the Panamanian University where we learned more about the culture of dance in Panama as well as cultural differences in general. After lunch we headed to the Aldea Orphanage to teach two dance classes and spend time with the kids. Our connection with them was immediate as they welcomed us into their home with open arms. We offered a challenging hip-hop class for the older kids which they did great at despite the rain and heat! Afterwards we taught “cotton eye joe” to the little ones, they were so motivated they often asked if they could do it for us rather then with us. Last we spent time playing games and running around, which really wrapped up the day nicely. I felt an overwhelming amount of love and joy asI felt myself reliving my childhood with laughter, imagination, and dance. Overall it was my favorite day thanks to my new friends, Move-Ex leaders and most importantly the beautiful kids!

– Olivia Cara, University of Delaware Dance Diplomat

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