Movement Exchange is organizing it's very first international dance exchange to Brazil this summer 2017. Join Movement Exchange in Brazil and immerse yourself in one of the world's art meccas. During this exchange, you can look forward to:

  • teaching at youth and arts foundations
  • learning local dance forms such as samba, capoeira, and more
  • visiting beautiful beaches and historical sites
  • discovering Brazilian culture and history

Program Donation
Students: $2,500*
Non-Students: $2,700
*Need based-scholarships available. Please email for more info.

To join the open exchange this July 14th-23rd, 2017

  1. Submit your application and $700 deposit. For a deposit deadline, email
  2. Purchase your airfare to Tocumen International Airport (airport code GIG) by April 20th, 2017.
  3. Submit the rest of your program donation by May 20th, 2017.

Download our Brazil Handbook for more information including a sample itinerary, packing list, pricing information, and how to prepare.



  • Ten days and nine nights lodging (shared rooms)
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Daily transportation between youth foundations, orphanages, and activities
  • 24/7 guides and translators from Movement Exchange
  • Dance and arts classes with local dance professionals
  • Discussions and guest lectures on Brazilian culture
  • Breakfasts, most lunches, and some dinners
  • Excursions to Ilha Grande beaches and historical areas and museums in Rio de Janeiro
  • Pre-program preparation


  • Airfare to and from Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
  • Visas (contact your local Brazilian consulate regarding your tourist visa)
  • Personal expenses
  • International travel/health insurance
  • Some meals

Brazil Exchange

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Today we will get acquainted with our new surroundings and explore the neighborhood of Copacabana. We’ll visit a samba house on the first night and get ready for our week full of dancing.

Your first full day in Brazil begins with a visit to Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar) where you can see beautiful views of the city. We’ll then take our first afro-based dance class at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and spend the afternoon teaching at an arts foundation in one of Rio’s favelas.

We’ll spend the morning strolling along the Atlantic ocean’s edge before our second day of dance class at the University. Again, we’ll spend the afternoon teaching at a youth foundation and then visit the historic Lapa district in the evening.

The day starts with a hike to Brazil’s most famous icon, the “Cristo” for a breathtaking view of the city and then it’s off to the University to learn Brazilian partner dances. After teaching at a youth foundation in the afternoon, we’ll spend the evening exploring Forro, a Brazilian music and dance genre. 

Today, we’ll take a variety of dance classes at a local dance studio with an array of guest teachers from across Brazil. After a full day of dancing, we’ll visit the beach of Ipanema to relax and wind down.

The morning begins with a tram ride to the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa and a walk around its winding streets. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Rio’s history museum to get a better understanding of Brazilian culture and history.

We’ll spend the morning taking a Maracutu dance and drumming class and teach dance classes in one of Rio’s favelas in the afternoon. We’ll demonstrate all that we have learned and taught during the week at a small performance in the later afternoon and then visit the Michael Jackson Statue and stroll through Rio’s magical Botanical Gardens.

We’ll celebrate our week of teaching and dancing by traveling to the awe-inspiring island of Ilha Grande to relax on the deserted beaches, play frecobol (the Brazilian version of beach tennis) or even surf.

DAY 10
We’ll eat our last plates of rice and beans and sip our last tropical fruit juices before saying our last goodbyes and heading to the airport. Brazil thanks you for your passion and energy!

*All itineraries are subject to change.