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Our Story


MOVE TO CHANGE

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Our Story


MOVE TO CHANGE

ABOUT MOVEMENT EXCHANGE

Our Story

Anna Pasternak was 25-years-old and working in international development when she dreamed of a way for dancers to make a difference in the world. She asked, “How can dance education reach underserved populations, and how can trained dancers use their skills to give back to the world?” Intent on the idea of creating a global community of like-minded dancers passionate about service and social justice, Anna founded Movement Exchange in 2010.
 

Mission

Movement Exchange unites dance and service through its network of university chapters, international dance exchanges, and year-round programs in underserved communities.

Vision

Movement Exchange envisions a world in which: 

  • Dance education is accessible to all
  • Dance is synonymous to service
  • Dance enables all to achieve their optimal mental, social, and physical well-being

Values

  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • Civic engagement
  • Social equality and inclusion
  • Creative expression
  • Sustainable dance education
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Sustainable Impact


SUSTAINABLE IMPACT

Sustainable Impact


SUSTAINABLE IMPACT

Movement Exchange creates a sustainable impact in the areas in which we work by supporting year-round, locally staffed dance programs. We currently have dance programs at three orphanages and two public schools in Panama and our Move-Ex university chapters provide free dance classes at domestic violence shelters, youth programs and refugee centers throughout the United States.



27,071

Hours of local and international dance service completed from 2010-2016
1,165

Dance diplomats have volunteered in the U.S. and Panama from 2010-2016
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17,450

Youth in Panama and the U.S. have received free dance education since 2010
1,685

Dance classes have been taught in Panama by local instructors since 2010

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Dance Diplomacy


DANCE DIPLOMACY

Dance Diplomacy


DANCE DIPLOMACY

DANCE DIPLOMAT

noun
1: a person who uses their talent and passion for dance to influence positive social change
2: one who encourages others to dance to allow for cognitive, creative, and social growth

We are changing lives through dance. Will you join us?

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Where We Serve


WHERE WE SERVE

Where We Serve


WHERE WE SERVE

United States

Movement Exchange's growing network of university chapter members and alumni provide free, accessible dance education in their own communities throughout the United States and abroad.

Discover more about our Chapters.

Panama

Movement Exchange organizes international dance exchanges and runs year-round, locally staffed dance education programs at various orphanages and foundations throughout Panama.

Dance with us in Panama.

Brazil

As of 2017, Movement Exchange has begun offering international dance exchanges to Rio de Janeiro during which participants will discover the cultural intricacies of Brazil through dance.

Dance with us in Brazil.


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Meet the Team


MEET THE TEAM

Meet the Team


MEET THE TEAM

Anna Pasternak

Founder & Executive Director

Kimberly Lucht

Program Director

Adele Switzer

Panama Fellow

Kimberly Choi

In-Country Coordinator

Andrea Gonzalez

Ballet Instructor

Matias Reyes

Breakdance Instructor

Adrian Morales

Contemporary Instructor

Corps du Movement Exchange

Board Members

  • Lider Sucre
  • Zachary Jones
  • Alan Sussna

Advisors

  • Alex Maasry
  • Hannah Crane
  • Rasiel Rodriguez
  • Adriana Pineiro
  • Maria Jose Sucre

Thank you to our board members, advisors, supporters, and donors for helping make Movement Exchange's programs possible. Movement Exchange is an equal opportunity employer. To learn more about our non-discriminatory policy, contact us at info@movementexchanges.org.

If you would like to support Movement Exchange's programs, please see more on our Donate Page.

Partners & Sponsors

U.S. Embassy of Panama

The U.S. Embassy has been a supporter of Movement Exchange from its conception. With the support of the U.S. Embassy, Move-Ex has held various performances starring over 100 at-risk youth at the National Theater of Panama.

Malambo Orphanage

Movement Exchange works and sometimes lives with the youth of the Malambo Orphanage during exchanges. Malambo also receives dance classes throughout the year with Movement Exchange’s Panamanian team. There are over 100 children at Malambo, and a special team to care for their HIV positive youth.

Aldea SOS

The Aldea SOS Orphanage in Colon and Panama City receives weekly classes from Movement Exchange’s Panamanian team in addition to classes from our international volunteers during dance exchange weeks. Over 60 youth live in their houses.

Escuelita del Ritmo

Escuelita del Ritmo in Portobelo, Colon, Panama is an after school music program created to preserve the Afro-Panamanian traditions of the Colon region. Movement Exchange teaches dance classes at the foundation and takes fun Passa Passa classes from their pupils.

National Dance School

The National Dance School offers affordable dance education to children and teenagers in Panama City. They offer classes in an array of dance styles including Panamanian folkloric, flamenco, ballet, modern, and more.

Fundación San Felipe

Movement Exchange works with the youth of Fundación San Felipe, a foundation that teaches over 60 at-youth children in the neighborhood of Chorrillo.

The National University of Panama

Movement Exchange teaches and takes class at the National University of Panama.

The Ministry of Arts and Culture

Movement Exchange volunteers teach classes at the National Dance School of Panama supported by INAC.