Become a DANCE DIPLOMAT
Every year we host multiple international dance exchanges to Panama for dancers and movers around the world. Our exchanges are 8-10 days long and include volunteer teaching in our partner youth organizations in Panama City, taking dance classes from local professional artists, and excursions to learn about the history and culture of Panama. Join the movement today and become a dance diplomat with Movement Exchange!
Spend half our your exchange teaching dance to the students in our partner organizations in Panama City. We work with local orphanages, youth foundations, and schools. We invite any style or genre of dance to be taught, we like to expose our students to dance forms from all around the world!
Take dance classes from local professional artists in a variety of styles while on your exchanges. Previous classes have included Panamanian folklore, Krump, Breakdancing, Salsa, Vogue, and more! We also collaborate with the National University of Panama where you will have the experience to take class and teach class.
Take a break from teaching and taking class to visit the Panama Canal, Taboga Island and its beach, go on a hike to Cerro Ancon, or visit Panama Viejo. We also end each day of our exchange with reflections following a guided handbook with information about Panama and questions to reflect on the experiences you have while on the exchange.
Why is it called an "EXCHANGE"?
We call our experiences "exchanges" because that is precisely what they are. We are exchanging culture, community, and friendship and using dance as the tool to do that. Yes, you are coming to teach and share what you know, but you are also coming to learn from the local professional dancers and what they can teach you about dance. It is a time to exchange information about our own dance communities with respect and get to know other artists around the world through movement. Dance is a universal language, and movement is an incredible tool to learn about other cultures and form deep connections with others.
Join an OPEN CALL
Every year we host at least TWO Open Call exchanges which are open to all dancers and movers anywhere. Whether you are a student, a teacher, or someone who just loves to dance, you are welcome to join!
Our next Open Call exchanges:
July 14 - 21, 2024 (including our Annual Show)
Organize Your Own Exchange
We have many universities, dance studios, dance companies, and high schools that will often organize international dance exchanges for their own group. We need a minimum of ten people to run a private exchange and we will work with you to customize the dates and the itinerary. Please contact us for more information!
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
For a Sample Itinerary
Registered Chapter Member: $1,500
A $500 non-refundable and non-transferrable deposit will be due at least 3 months before the exchange. The remainder of your program donation will be due at least 1 month before the exchange.
Program Donation Includes:
Eight days and seven nights of lodging in shared rooms
Transportation to and from the airport in Panama City (PTY)
Daily transportation between activities
24/7 guides and translators
Classes with local dance professionals
Discussions on Panamanian culture
Breakfast, lunch, and most dinners
Excursions to beaches and/or other tourist sites
Program Donation Does Not Include:
Airfare to and from Panama City (PTY)
International travel/health insurance
Contact Us With Your Questions
Please reach out with any questions you may have about participating in an international dance exchange.
We are happy to give more information over email, or to hop on a video chat as well!