It’s the end of day two here in Panama! Today kicked off with a great breakfast and some coffee to wake up the brain. After that we went and took an amazing Afro class. Our wonderful teacher taught us a traditional afro dance, and whipped our butts into shape. I don’t think I have ever been so sweaty and gross in my life, but it really didn’t matter; I haven’t felt that much joy in my dancing for some time now, and I truly felt all my insecurities melt away with the heat. My heart is so full right now! After that amazing class, we came back for lunch, and were given some time to rest and recuperate. Then it was off to Malambo!

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Malambo Orphanage was an incredible experience. We were all able to teach and guide the kids through choreography and movement. We also got to spend time with them and play some games. For the last hour I was able to teach a jazz combination to the older girls, and I absolutely loved seeing the enjoyment on their faces!

My personal research for this trip, is to discover why dance and the power of movement is important for young girls. Today I was able to interview one of the teenagers, and she told me that she liked dancing and being a girl because she felt glamorous. I loved the idea of gaining self-confidence through dance, and I am very interested in hearing from the other girls as the week progresses.

After Malambo, we all came back to the hostel for reflection and a shower. We then headed to dinner, and topped the night off with a visit to therooftop bar. The food was great and the conversations were even better. It is amazing to me how you start to bond with a group of like-minded people so quickly. I feel absolutely blessed to be surrounded with these beautiful souls!

And now I get to fall asleep to the night sky of Panama, which is sparked with the occasional appearance of lightning.

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