Movement Exchange is a dynamic community of like minded artists, educators, entrepreneurs, and innovators. The experience of being a dance diplomat with Movement Exchange is often life changing and profound and has a lasting effect on the lives and careers of our participants. We are so proud of all our almuni who are still moving to change in all their various life pursuits.
Angie is a 2018 alum from Indiana University where she was the president of the Movement Exchange chapter. In 2021 she graduated from Drexel University with an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling. She is also aiming to get her counseling license. Her MA capstone project was a critical literature review on dance programming as social justice for marginalized and at-risk youth, and was dedicated to MoveEx! She just started as a Therapeutic Group Leader for the Early Childhood Day Treatment program within Best Point Education and Behavioral Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. Angie is also a member of our Move-Ex Alumni Advisory Board.
Since the exchange in Panama in 2014, Simon graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Education Science and B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography. His experience with the kids in Panama confirmed his passion for dance education, and he accepted a job at the California School of the Arts - San Gabriel Valley, where he teaches various classes including modern, tap, jazz, industry preparation, and directs their original immersive dance shows. He furthered his studies at Middlesex University London and earned his M.A. in Dance Technique Pedagogy in 2021. Most recently, he was a guest choreographer at Mt. San Antonio College, and performed at the Palm Desert International Dance Festival with Re:borN Dance Interactive.
"Currently, I am full-time faculty at Ballet West. I teach contemporary, ballet, Flamenco, and classical Pilates primarily to the students of the Professional Training Division. I also teach community classes such as ballet for seniors and adaptive dance for children with special needs. Outside of Ballet West, I stay active in the dance community by teaching, advising, coaching for programs such as: Ririe-Woodbury's department of Education and Outreach, University of Utah Fine Arts Ambassadors, TEDxSaltLakeCity Organizing Committee, Movement Exchange Alumni Board, and Healing in Motion Dance. Choreographically, I showcased a contemporary piece at the Youth America Grand Prix Salt Lake City. I am also working on a piece titled "BLOOM" which premiered last Fall with loveDANCEmore, an arts presenter in downtown Salt Lake City. This spring, it will be recreated as a screendance with the funding and support of Utah Division of Arts & Museums."
"After a few wonderful years in Panama working with Move-Ex (as the Executive Director), I moved to Amsterdam in July 2019 to pursue my Master's in International Management. During my Master's program, I met people from all over the world and furthered my understanding of cross-cultural collaboration. I now work in Supply Chain for a company based in the Netherlands and although dance isn't a part of my work today, I really credit Movement Exchange for inspiring me to move abroad. Over the years, Movement Exchange taught me so much about connection and confidence and I wouldn't be where I am today without this amazing organization!"
Madelyn O’Cull is from Indiana and has been dancing since age four. She studied Dance and Behavioral Psychology at Western Michigan University. At WMU, Madelyn was involved with and passionate about Movement Exchange! She served on the board for three of her four years as vice president, president, and a member at large. Madelyn participated in four exchanges to Panama. After graduating in 2019, she moved to Indianapolis to be closer to family. She works as a behavior therapist with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and continues to move to change by teaching dance to her clients. Madelyn is currently pursuing her Masters in Behavior Analysis and certificate in Dance Movement Therapy. She dreams of using dance to help individuals with ASD express themselves and connect with their minds, bodies, and emotions. She has recently started an Instagram account as an outlet to share her movement and to encourage others to find more movement within their lives. Give her a follow
Carina has been involved with Movement Exchange since the very beginning and has been an integral part of the organization. After teaching and performing for over three decades, Carina is now getting to focus on the degrees that will assist her in being able to teach in higher education. During the pandemic she finished getting a bachelor's degree and now is starting a master of fine arts program in dance next month! She has had an extensive performing and teaching career all over the world, including in the US, Panama, and China. She hopes to be able to return to Panama before the year ends..."No matter where I travel to, Panama is always the place I want to go home to!"
Andie is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning. She is passionate about cultural place making and addressing the imminent housing crisis present in most urban areas. Movement Exchange helped her understand the value of community participation and empowerment, and is really what got her into planning in the first place! Andie is also a member of our Alumni Advisory Board.