Then we went to the University of Panama where Olivia and Kim taught a West African – Urban fusion class. It was so fun and challenging! I saw a lot of smiles and laughter, and by the way the students drummed on the floor at the end of class expressing their enthusiasm about the experience, I think they had a really great time! I LOVED having the opportunity to dance with students from the University of Panama.
After class we all got lunch in the cafeteria and then headed over to The National Dance School to drop off Olivia and Jenn to teach another class. The rest of the group went to Aldea SOS in Panama City. Groups were a little different today because Hayley wasn’t feeling well ( we missed Hayley so much today!) and Olivia was teaching at university, so Ruby joined Kim and I to teach a class with the older kids.
Kim and Ruby did an awesome job with warm up and across the floor, setting the tone for the class. Then I taught the girls a Bollywood piece choreographed by a teacher I volunteer with, with another dance service organization. The girls really seemed to enjoy it. I also taught the girls short Hip-Hop choreography.
Before we knew it, it was time to go. But, not before the kids had a chance to perform! The little kids performed a dance to “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars taught by Courtney, Caeli and Kate, then the older kids had their turn. It was a great day! I enjoy working with the kids so much and wish I could get to know them more. I also love learning from my group members. I’m not sure how to describe it but I’ve gained so much from the smiles and laughter in these three days between the kids, university students and my Move-Ex group! So cool to be a part of Movement Exchange 🙂