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Join the Movement


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International Dance Exchange


INTERNATIONAL DANCE EXCHANGES

International Dance Exchange


INTERNATIONAL DANCE EXCHANGES

Join an International Dance Exchange

Movement Exchange hosts international dance exchanges that bring together dancers of all styles and backgrounds to engage in service. 

Become a dance diplomat by joining an international dance exchange. As a dance diplomat, you will:

  • engage in cross-cultural understanding
  • promote social equality and inclusion
  • foster creative expression
  • inspire through civic engagement
  • empower individuals and communities

Read first-hand accounts in our blog.

Dance in Brazil

Dance with Movement Exchange this summer from July 14-23, 2017 for our very first exchange to Brazil! Take classes in traditional Brazilian dance, visit Rio de Janeiro's iconic sites, and immerse yourself in one of the world's art meccas.

Dance in Panama

Organize a group exchange for your university or join us for our Open Exchange. During this 8-day exchange, you will teach over 100 youth, collaborate with dance majors at the University of Panama, and discover Panamanian history and culture.

A portion of the program donation for these exchanges is used to fund year-round, locally staffed dance programs at orphanages to ensure sustainable dance education for the individuals and communities we serve.

Upcoming International Dance Exchanges


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University Chapters


UNIVERSITY CHAPTERS

University Chapters


UNIVERSITY CHAPTERS

Why Join a Move-Ex University Chapter?

Movement Exchange university chapters engage in local and international dance service in the U.S. and Panama. By joining or starting a chapter, you will:

  • gain invaluable leadership and community engagement skills
  • exchange dance and culture through international dance exchanges
  • leave a legacy on campus by organizing a group of like-minded dancers
  • positively impact your community by providing accessible dance education

Find and Join a University Chapter

Start a Chapter

Don’t see your university in the list? Apply to start a university chapter and create your own community of dance diplomats.

Find out more in the University Chapter Handbook

Chapter Resources

Find resources for your chapter including handbooks, marketing materials, and design tools.

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Move to Change Day


MOVE TO CHANGE DAY

Move to Change Day


MOVE TO CHANGE DAY

Get Moving on our Global Day of Dance and Service

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Move to Change Day empowers individuals and communities to organize free dance classes, workshops, or events. By hosting your own Move to Change Day event, you will be using dance to foster civic engagement, cross-cultural understanding, and creative expression in your local community.

For your Move to Change Day event, you can organize:

  • a flash mob
  • a free dance workshop
  • a lecture series
  • a dance performance
  • any event that promotes accessible dance education

Why are we moving to change?

We believe that dance encourages:

  • Community Empowerment: Studies show that individuals in communities with greater access to arts education, such as dance, have increased self-esteem, interpersonal skills, and group cohesion.

  • Creative Expression: Dance can be used to cultivate an intimate understanding of how your body moves throughout space. This knowledge provides an outlet for conveying ideas and emotions.

  • Cross-Cultural Understanding: Dance, as a non-verbal form of communication, allows individuals to establish meaningful relationships with others regardless of what language they speak or their economic or social background.

Join us for the next Move to Change Day this October 21, 2017

Questions about hosting a Move to Change Day event? Email info@movementexchanges.org

MOVE TO CHANGE DAY 2016

This past Move to Change Day was held on November 5, 2016. There were 17 events around the world and 479 dancers participated to advocate for accessible dance education. Some featured events include:

  • Dazzling Dance Academy: Hosted a free dance workshop for community members in West Bengal, India.
  • Milwaukee Ballet: Invited 15 dancers from another community organization, Above the Clouds, to attend their performance.
  • Movement Exchange at Southern Methodist University: Invited students from the All-Stars Project of Dallas to see a dress rehearsal for their upcoming performance, tour facilities, and discuss dance education with the SMU dance department.

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Program Requirements


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Program Requirements


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

You can become a dance diplomat by attending an international dance exchange, joining or starting a university chapter, or taking part in our annual Move to Change Day.

International Dance Exchanges

Movement Exchange's international dance exchanges provides the opportunity for dancers across the U.S. to engage in international dance service. During these exchanges, participants will teach at orphanages and youth foundations, take class from local dance professionals, and discover history and culture through movement.

Exchange Requirements & FAQs

Dance Experience:

The only requirement for attending an international dance exchange to Panama or Brazil is a passion for dance and a desire to spread the joy of movement. All levels are welcome!

Types of Dance/Dance Style:

Volunteers of all dance backgrounds are welcome to participate in an international dance exchange and are invited to teach their speciality. In addition to teaching, volunteers will be exposed to various styles including folkloric, aerial, salsa, and contemporary.

Teaching Experience:

Teaching experience is not required before attending an international dance exchange. During our discussions, we will be reviewing teaching methods and curriculum planning to provide you with the resources you need to be a successful dance educator.

Who You Will Teach:

You will be teaching youth ages 4 to18 years old in a variety of orphanages, youth foundations, and arts foundations with about 20-40 students at each organization. Many of the youth we work with are HIV positive, disabled, come from abusive homes and/or have little or no family.

What You Will Teach:

This depends on your background and interests. The youth are receptive to almost anything, provided you make it fun. Past classes have included ballet, jazz, chinese ribbon dance, belly dancing, modern, and capoeira.

Program Cost:

For the exchange to Panama, the pricing is as follows: $1,390 for students and $1,590 for non-students, with a non-refundable $500 deposit due three months before the exchange. For the exchange to Brazil, the pricing is as follows: $2,500 for students and $2,700 for non-students, with a $700 deposit due four months before the exchange. Remember that your program donation contributes to our year-round, locally staffed dance education programs.

Foreign Language Requirements:

There are no foreign language requirements to attend an international dance exchange. You will have a 24/7 guide who speaks both English and the language of the host country.


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University Chapters

Movement Exchange university chapters engage in local and international dance service in the U.S. and Panama. University chapter members are able to provide sustainable dance education within their local community as well as engage with global communities by attending international dance exchanges.

Chapter Requirements & FAQs

Benefits of Starting a Chapter:

By joining or starting a chapter, you will gain invaluable leadership and community engagement skills, leave a legacy on campus by organizing a group of like-minded dancers, and positively impact your local community by providing accessible dance education. You'll also be joining a network of dance diplomats, allowing you to connect with students and alumni across the nation.

Dance Experience:

No dance experience is necessary to start or join a Movement Exchange university chapter. As long as you are a compassionate and nurturing individual passionate about movement and service, you are fit to start or join a chapter.

Starting a chapter:

To start a chapter at your university, first apply here. Then download our University Chapter Handbook. You will be put into contact with a Movement Exchange team member who will guide you through the process of starting a chapter.

Becoming an Official Student Organization:

Each school has a different process for how to become an officially recognized student organization on campus. Visit your student activities center or contact them via email to learn more about the requirements for becoming an official student organization.

Organizing an International Dance Exchange for a Chapter:

Organize a group of at least 10 students who want to participate on an exchange and send us the dates you would like at least three months before the exchange. Begin fundraising for your exchange and we’ll remind you of your deadlines. We organize all in-country activities for the exchange so you can focus on getting your group ready for the exchange.


Move to Change Day

Move to Change Day is a global day of dance and service where communities around the world come together to hold free dance classes, workshops, or events. By participating in Move to Change Day, you will be supporting accessible dance education in your local community.

Move to Change Day Requirements & FAQs

Benefits of Planning a Move to Change Day Event:

By participating in Move to Change Day, you will be using dance to foster civic engagement, cross-cultural understanding, and creative expression in your local community. You will be joined by a global community of dance diplomats, dancers who use their talent and passion for movement to create positive social change.

How to Plan a Move to Change Day Event:

In order to join Move to Change Day, first register your event. If you would like more information before registering, you can contact info@movementexchanges.org. You will be connected with a member of the Movement Exchange team who will provide you with more information and guide you through the process of organizing your event. For your Move to Change Day event, you can organize a flash mob, free dance workshop, lecture series, dance performance or any community event that promotes accessible dance education.

Registering my Event:

Register your Move to Change Day event here. The registration is due one month before Move to Change Day, but it is recommended that you register at least two months before in order to ensure sufficient time to plan your event.

The Next Move to Change Day:

The next Move to Change Day is Saturday, October 21st, 2017. Join the movement and host a Move to Change Day event in your local community!