Here is what Florida State University and Western Michigan University dance diplomats had to say to the following question after their exchange to Panama this past week:
What would the world look like if every child had access to dance education?
“I think every child would have a lot more confidence in themselves and be much more open to exploration. Everyone would have a better sense of themselves and their bodies. I think the world would be a much more open, inviting and self-assured place.”-Adele Switzer
“A much more expressive, beautiful, confident, joyful place. Every skill you can possibly imagine like dedication, hardwork, team work, etc. can be practiced in dance. I just feel like the opportunity to dance could give so many children a pathway for success/joy/expression/everything and anything. Dance education can teach a child immensely more than I can even write in this little box.”-Sarah Mills
“If every child had access to dance than more people would appreciate the arts and have a foundation of self discipline and confidence.”-Erin Goodman
“If every child in the world had access to a dance education, we wouldn’t see as much sadness. We wouldn’t see as much disease and illness. We wouldn’t see isolation. We would see more friendships, laughter, and positive energy.”-Alexandra Page
“The world would be far more accepting of individuality, imagination, and creative problem solving.”-Taylor Ennen
“I think the world would be more peaceful. Dance is a great outlet to express yourself and to learn more about yourself. Dance has completely changed my life and I love sharing dance with other people.”-Emily Bethune