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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Arts Services, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Dance

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

Results: Movement Exchange has engaged over 300 dance diplomats in 6,900 hours of international service and 2,700 hours of domestic service.

Target demographics: Orphanages, at-risk youth foundations, and underserved communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 children in Panama and 300 children in the United States.

Geographic areas served: United States and Panama.

Programs: University Chapter Network, International Dance Exchanges, and Year-Round Dance Programming in the U.S. and Panama.

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Anna M.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredibly eye opening and rewarding in so many ways. Very organized and full of meaningful and educational opportunities. I loved it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Participating in Movement Exchange was honestly a life changing experience! Between exploring Panama, working with local Panamanian dancers, and teaching the kids at the orphanage, this is a trip that I’ll never forget & has inspired me to continue sharing my love & passion for dance!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange is the glue that brings dancers together!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without Movement Exchange, I wouldn’t be who I am today. My time spent with Movement Exchange has been filled with gratitude, growth, and giving. I am grateful for the experiences it has given me, and I look forward to the experiences that have yet to come.

Kennedy T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with Movement Exchange for a few years now and it is truly an incredible organization. Being able to travel to Panama to teach dance has been such a gift, and has only emphasized the importance and need for dance diplomacy, sustainable dance education, and cross-cultural understanding. If you have the opportunity to get involved in this life-changing organization, I highly recommend doing so! It has impacted my life in more ways than one.

Gillian E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on exchange to Panama that changed my life. I absolutely love this organization. They are shaping the lives of people internationally by bringing dance to everyone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange changed my life and opened my eyes to the world of dance around me. I am so grateful for every piece of the experience - from the integration of the history of Panama City to hanging out with the kids to teaching dance to spending time in the warm sunshine. But, most of all, I will take with me the smiles and the laughter. This trip left me fuller than before, and the dancers gave me so much more than I could have ever imagined. I will never forget how this trip made me feel.

Amelia Stone B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Movement Exchange was such moving and powerful experience. This non-profit has it going on- and I'm so blessed to have been part of their work for a week.
Movement Exchange reminded me that service is hard work, yet work is rewarding. Movement Exchange reminded me that diversity is beautiful. Movement Exchange reminded me that what people crave in life is meaningful connection and love.
When we taught- it wasn’t about the dancing. It was about the children’s hands we held, the hugs we gave, and the hope we left with them that their bodies are beautiful. It was about the women I built relationships with who all came on this trip to find meaning in connecting. Their ability to love and teach has inspired me just as much as the kids have.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This experience with Movement Exchange was so life changing. I am so filled with love thanks to this experience of a lifetime. Teaching these kids everyday, seeing the joy of their faces, and seeing how they live in the beautiful culture of panama was absolutely amazing. We taught at both the Malambo Orphanage and the Aldea SOS Orphange, along with kids from barrio activo. This opportunity to teach in Panama showed me that dance is such a universal language and can spread such love and hope.
The relationships that I built on this trip will always stick with me, especially with the kids. It was so sweet to see the kids lovingly run up to us when we showed up. They would meet us with hugs and would be ready to have fun and dance with us. I will always remember these amazing kids and how much they loved to dance and the joy that they had despite their hardships. I absolutely loved seeing all of the kids faces light up when they danced.
Also I wanted to thank the dance diplomats that I met. It was so amazing to see so many people come together for the same purpose with such different backgrounds as both dancers and as people. We were so diverse but had the same love and passion for dance, community and teaching. I love you all

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange has changed my life for the better. By working with students both in my community and abroad in Panama, I have learned to be a confident leader and a happy dancer. Movement Exchange has allowed me to work with people who live very different lives than me, and it has been the most humbling and inspiring experience. The students that I have worked with have ignited in me a flame that can never be put out. I have left every class and ended every day of my Exchange feeling capable of my abilities as a dancer, along with the belief that dance can be for anyone and everyone. I am so excited to see how I can grow as a member of Movement Exchange, and to experience a difference being made in the lives of both the children and myself.

Haley H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange is a very special organization to me. I had the great opportunity to interact with kids in Panama and see the endless impact that dance can have on people. The kids taught me about giving and receiving love. I was reminded that we dance for joy and that we can connect with one another through movement, regardless of what language we speak. I am so thankful that this organization is showing the power of dance. I am changed for the better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange changed my life. It improved my perspective on dance as an art form and as education by encouraging equality and openness. The exchange is truly AN EXCHANGE and is unlike any other service work because of how deeply the volunteers will be impacted as well as the dance students. I'm proud to call myself a dance diplomat after my week long experience in Panama.

1 cfdance101

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Movement Exchange Panama in 2010 and continued until 2014. I immediately fell in love with Panama, the meaningful work we were doing, as well as the dedication and passion that the organizers and volunteers exhibited. It's hard to put into words the benefits one may gain from experiences such as these, but simply put, my experiences with Move-Ex and Panama were life changing. I still visit Panama often and I always try to visit the children, foundations, and even grandparents that I kept in contact with after my Move-Ex volunteer experiences. I feel Move-Ex creates a long-term community of like-minded people that want to contribute in making the world a better place... It's as simple as that. I'm grateful I found Move-Ex, I'm grateful to Anna, who created the program, and to all the people who continue to keep the program running. My life if fuller from my Panama Move-Ex experiences... Thank you & I'll see you again, Move-Ex and Panama!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the awesome opportunity to travel abroad to Panama City, Panama with Movement Exchange!!

During the exchange, I took dance classes from local artists (including traditional Panamanian folk dance and break dancing!), studied Panamanian history, taught movement classes at local orphanages, and had the opportunity to teach, collaborate, and learn from the dance students at the University of Panama.

Dance is a universal language! And sharing movement with people who don’t speak the same verbal language, is proof of that. I learned so much about myself while sharing and teaching this art form that I love so much.

My recap video (link below) is but a small snapshot of all the wonderful things I experienced while in this beautiful country. Panama's people, history, language, and culture is so rich...and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel as a dance diplomat with Movement Exchange.

https://youtu.be/DJY0_x8h_Q0

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange changed my life! I was one of the first groups to go to Panama and still to this day I am always talking about what we did and how the organization is helping children who need it most. If you're a dancer, this is a must do experience!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Panama with Movement Exchange my senior year of college. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. It was amazing learning about the culture and history of the country we were in while also being there firsthand. I loved sharing my love of dance which the children at the orphanages and seeing the joy in their faces whenever we would visit. It was so uplifting to see what dance could accomplish.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Movement Exchange as a junior at Indiana University and it was one of my most rewarding experiences. I led an hour long dance, jump, crawl, wiggle, giggle, scream and shout fun fest every week at Girls Inc. of Monroe county. Movement exchange gave me the opportunity to grow as a person and to meet some pretty cool kiddos.

Erin C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on an exchange to Panama and it was the best experience I could have had. Everyone in this organization is so passionate about dance and helping people. This exchange taught me so much about how I view dance and I feel like I really helped the kids we worked with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of experiencing the power of Movemnt Exchange for three years locally and internationally in Panamá. It has truly made me a better person and given me such an appreciation for life and the power that dance has to bring people together. I fully support the mission of his organization and strive to carry its values with me moving forward.

1 Victoria B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of Movement Exchange when the Program Director sent me an email inviting me to apply for a Spring 2018 Exchange. Since then, I've spent a week in Panama learning about the culture and populations of people that live there. I was able to share my love of dance with the children at Aldea SOS and Malambo. I have now started my very own university chapter of Movement Exchange at Saint Louis University, which is growing and developing at an exponential rate. Movement Exchange has definitely changed my life for the better, and I know that we, as an organization, will continue to change the lives of youth, adults, and elderly through movement and dance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange gets it right. Their model of sustainability is exemplary. I am a surgeon, who still passionately tap dances, and I went on one of the trips to Panama. The collaboration with local dance instructors creates a year long presence for these kids, establishes true role models for them, and introduces them to new friends from abroad. In so doing, this program stakes commitment in the soil of those it serves and embodies the beauty of cultural exchange. Plenty of medical mission trips don't get this right. Too often there is fly-by volunteerism and then gaping absence - Not with Movement Exchange. Their contribution is constant, steady, compassionate, and effective.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before I was a part of Movement Exchange I liked dance...now I LOVE it! I love that dance has the power to move communities and connect people all around the world. Through Movement Exchange dance is becoming accessible to many people and communities that wouldn't have it otherwise. Movement Exchange changed my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange has easily been one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I went in having no idea what to expect and every day changed my way of thinking and gave me an experience I will remember always. I cannot wait for my next exchange!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was originally thrilled to join Movement Exchange and be able to combine service and my greatest passion: dance. It ended up completely changing my perspective on what dance can be. I love the idea that we can all be dance diplomats and create positive change through movement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Even with my skeptical eye - Movement Exchange changed my life. Showing me more of the world and the people in it and how everything coexists in organized chaos, MX was amazing and that’s that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange has become a big part of my heart in the past 2 years. I can say confidently that it has been my favorite part of my college experience. I have grown in so many ways--my relationship with dance has been strengthened and redefined, I have stretched my creativity and way of thinking, and I have been able to see with my own eyes the growth and social change that Move-Ex has made possible. This organization is uplifting, inspiring, accepting, melting hearts, breaking barriers, and changing lives ALL OVER THE WORLD!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange helped me to have the amazing opportunity to share dance with orphans and many other people in Panama. It not only let me to connect with children and share my love of dance but it helped me to learn more about Panama's dance and culture in return. Move Ex is all about not just giving but sharing dance and culture so that everyone involved can learn new things and make positive connections.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange is the best non-profit I have ever been a part of. This organization means so much to me that this is my third year of involvement and I am not the UCI Chapter's president. I will be returning to Panama in August of the 2017 year to participate in my third International Dance Exchange. This program has given me the opportunity to conduct research on dance's ability to enhance cognitive growth, communication between strangers, and serve as a conduit of social change. I have had the privilege to meet dancers my age from Panama with the same career goals and college major as mine as well as teacher who provide weekly dance classes at the local schools and orphanages. This is an incredible opportunity to bring strangers together under a united passion for movement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange truly embodies the human experience. Connecting with people of all ages through dance has been one of the most powerful experiences of my life. Through this amazing organization I have fallen in love with each aspect of life over and over again. Traveling to Panamá has been a life changing experience for me, I was able to connect and form relationships with some of the strongest, smartest, sweetest, and sassiest kids while hardly being able to speak the same language. During my first exchange we were at Aldea SOS in Colón, we ate lunch with the kids and then went outside to dance. My group had finished lunch first, we hadn't gotten started yet but I noticed a boy (14) dancing, I walked up to him and started dancing with him. We had hardly spoken but in that moment we formed a strong bond. I have been on 4 exchanges and each year I have grown closer and closer with him and his sister. The kids in Panamá have inspired me in a multitude of ways. I think about many of the kids I have bonded with every single day. I wonder how they are doing and every year I have gone back I have been able to see how much they've grown and the passion for dance they have procured. Dance has become a special part of each person Movement Exchange has touched. Dance heals the soul and Movement Exchange feeds it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange has no-doubt been the most gratifying program I have ever been a part of. The people I met were so caring, helpful, and down-to-earth. The staff were so kind and eager to help with any questions or problems I had about the trip before I got to Panama, and once I got to Panama I was welcomed with open arms. The work that we did was so impactful, so vital and important for not only the kids in the orphanages and schools that we worked in, but the community as a whole. During my experience with Movement Exchanges weeklong dance exchange program in Panama, I got to see so much growth, not only in myself, but the kids we were working with. Even with some-what of a language barrier, I was still able to teach the kids by communicating through dance. Seeing dance cross over such barriers and boundaries is an amazing thing to watch. The dance programs they have also help keep kids off the streets and give a safe environment for the kids to safly exspress themselves.

1 Jazley F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've traveled internationally with Movement Exchange twice, and have held board positions at the UC Irvine chapter for two years as well! Movement Exchange is NOT voluntourism. Since dance is our means of social justice, we focus of emotional health and artistic education by exposing our dance diplomats to a new culture and giving them a platform to share their knowledge. During both trips, participants have been embraced by the communities and return as changed people. The directors of the trip keep the experience as authentic as possible and accommodate the local community--it's truly a one-of-a-kind experience. We are moving to change!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange is a beautiful collision of artistry, service, and dance. What it provides is experience and true human-to-human experience, which cannot be replaced or replicated. Spending time in Panamá pushes dance diplomats outside of their known worlds, and allows them to grow exponentially, simply be being. Self-growth, trust, and love are learned in a context that teaches social justice, humility, peace, and the importance of the arts in the individual's life. Movement Exchange cultivates awareness and consciousness for the Other, for those who have less, but ultimately decide to give more. With dance, human bodies can be cherished and connections are shared between people who would otherwise be strangers. Movement Exchange unites, creates, and continuously supports those who decide to #movetochange.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a part of Movement Exchange has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever had with a nonprofit. As a member and now president of a university chapter, I have already learned so much from its extensive network: new dance styles, teaching techniques, touching stories, and strategies on how to lead a nonprofit. It is a very transparent organization, with monthly public video updates and open communication from the national body to its chapter members through dedicated chapter mentors. There is an inclusive environment where every volunteer is valued, included, mentored and supported, and I can say that I now know a group of passionate dance diplomats from around the world that I can reach out to and look up to. Even the alumni stay involved!

As for the service that this organization provides, words cannot describe the impact that I have personally seen dance make on communities in Panama and San Diego. With a strong belief in sustainability, cross-cultural understanding, civic engagement, social equality and inclusion, and creative expression, I have seen how Movement Exchange has practiced what it preaches by clocking in thousands of hours of genuine service through accessible dance education. The collateral impacts are abstract but enormous - increased confidence for students and dance diplomats, knocked down cultural and language barriers, and a strong sense of youth and community empowerment. And to think that this organization is still so young! I can't wait to see the continued growth and impact to come. #MoveToChange

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange is a wonderful organization that brings dance education to the children of Panama. I volunteered as a dance teacher for a week in Panama and had an amazing time not only as a teacher but also as a student. The program is a cultural exchange, so we spent a lot of time exploring the local community and meeting community leaders, learning folk dances and about the history of US/Panama relations, and brushing up on our Spanish. Movement Exchange is also about the sustainability of their programs; while my group was only there a week there are local educators that teach dance classes on a regular basis.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange has transformed my outlook on global service and community engagement. I am so humbled to work with such an incredible organization that not only calls for their volunteers to rise to the occasion of service and selflessness but also promote sustainable and effective dance education in underserved communities internationally and right here in the US. Incredible organization- amazing people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MoveEx was a great experience for me. I traveled to Panama with a group of fellow college dance students, where we both taught and took dance classes in/around Panama City. Working with the kids in the orphanages was fun and it pushed me out of my comfort zone because I had to teach rather than just silently take class. Our leaders, Adele, Kim, and Kimberly were great and I'm glad I got to work with them. I hope this organization continues to grow.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved working with Movement Exchange. I participated in exchanges three times as an undergrad, and it inspired me to want to work with youth as a career. I love the management, not only are they excellent people but great at communicating and making me feel involved and a part of the group. The exchanges are packed with amazing activities, good food and of course, meaningful volunteer time. I am so grateful I got to work with them.

Amanda257

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange is breaking new ground by uniting dance and service. There is an exchange of ideas, movement, experience, and inclusion unique to those who have participated and understood its benefits first hand. Those receiving dance classes are exploring themselves in a new way that crosses any boundaries that may exist personally or collaboratively with others in a safe environment. Those who are teaching are learning how to bridge gaps and bring themselves to meet new challenges and embrace diversity. The bond created between all of those impacted by this organization is freeing, supportive, and one of a kind. Expect this experience to stay with you for the rest of your life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Movement Exchange for three years. It truly changed my life. I traveled with Movement Exchange on two separate trips to Panama to teach dance at orphanages and local at-risk youth centers. I saw how powerful dance can be as a tool and the importance of arts education in at-risk communities. Because of my experience I decided to pursue a career in dance education outreach. It is an amazing organization that has positively impacted the lives of many children in Panama by bringing them consistent and sustained dance education and dancers all around the US by exposing them to the importance of dance outreach and service.

Brenna S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first heard about Movement Exchange during their first national outreach tour, I was so inspired by their cause that I decided to kick start the Movement Exchange chapter here at the University of Cincinnati. At that time, I could have never imagined the profound impact that this organization could have on me as a person and dancer. Since then, our chapter has grown to 22 active members, have gone on our first Panama Exchange, established 3 domestic outreach partners, and are going on our second annual exchange this December. Through these experiences, my love for dance and passion for sharing that love has grown immensely. The joy that I experienced teaching in Panama and the understanding and appreciation that I developed for other cultures is incomparable. I was truly able to experience cross-cultural exchange and empowerment through dance with Movement Exchange. I have since been able to carry this joy and understanding in my domestic outreach in Cincinnati, and also in my study of dance. As a double major in ballet and international affairs, Movement Exchange has given me the unique opportunity to combine my two passions with service to my local and global community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange is a joyful, impact driven group passionate about dance and community service. University students are the true catalysts of the programming by providing year-round dance education to youth in the U.S. The students' community work is mirrored by Move-Ex's year-round dance educators in Panama teaching in orphanages and rural communities. Additionally, international dance exchanges provide the opportunity for cross-cultural understanding through the arts. Free dance education for thousands of youth in the U.S. and internationally is a mission everyone can get behind!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has truly changed my perspective of dance, community, civic engagement, and the power of human touch. I have been fortunate enough to travel on two dance exchanges and conduct my own dance research. This Non-Profit creates a space for like minded service oriented dancers to come together and share their passions with under served youth at home and abroad.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Movement Exchange for going on three years now! I founded one of their many university chapters at Barnard College in New York City. My experience with Movement Exchange has been life changing. It has pushed me to creatively dive into my community in order to improve the lives of those around me. It has helped me build community and cultural awareness on my campus. And most of all it has shown me the power of dance as a diplomatic act of world change! Through Movement Exchange I have hosted cultural dance workshops at Barnard College and Columbia University, taught free after school dance classes at elementary schools in Harlem, and traveled to Panama to teach dance at orphanages there! Joining the Movement Exchange family is truly a rewarding experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange has been a huge part of my life and helped guide the course of my career. They are inspiring, motivated, and doing incredible work for the youth in Panama as well as for many undergraduate students developing a global perspective. Not only do they organize national university chapters of their organization and arrange for dance service exchanges in Panama, but they also keep a sustainable dance education program running in Panama. They employ local dance instructors to keep teaching in Panama when volunteers are not there and they pay them for their teaching work. They also give those Panamanian dance instructors opportunities for professional development which is so important. They are truly a one of a kind organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Movement Exchange at Indiana University for 4 years and I honestly believe this is one of the most unique nonprofit AND service organizations I have heard of. The IU chapter focuses on providing dance opportunities to children in Bloomington that may not have access to them otherwise. Personally I have participated in, hosted and led dance workshops, classes, and flashmobs all over our Bloomington community including The Boys and Girls Club, Girls, Inc., The Middle Way House, and travelled during winter break to lead dance workshops to children in orphanages in Panama. Movement Exchange truly aims to bring awareness to the benefits of creative expression and bring attention to the various kinds of 'needs' all people need, not just the physical survival needs. We bring awareness to social justice issues, cross-cultural understanding, civic engagement, and sustainable service. Chapters across the country travel to Panama throughout all parts of the year to continue the (free) dance education of our Panamanian communities, which is also supported by donations and funding for the national organization. In Movement Exchange, not only do the communities we serve benefit, but our members/volunteers benefit from our service experiences too, gaining cross-cultural understanding, leadership and responsibility skills, gaining relationships with local communities, and more!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Movement Exchange. Not only was traveling to Panama and being with the children a gratifying experience, but it also offered me a new insight on how dance can affect a person. Movement Exchange redefined dance for me. I love the work that this organization does at local chapters, as well as internationally and I'm excited for what the future entails for Movement Exchange.

1 Carlana C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange is an amazing nonprofit organization that allows children the access to dance education both in the United States and globally. I have been a volunteer for Movement Exchange for about 2 and a half years now and it has changed my outlook on life. I am so grateful to have dance in my life and to be able to share my passion for dance with children as a volunteer in this nonprofit organization. It is amazing to see how dance inspires and allows children to express themselves in a way they never knew was possible. I am grateful for Movement Exchange and the impact this organization has made in so many people's lives, including my own.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange is an organization that is making a real and necessary impact on so many lives - children in Panamanian orphanages, students from the United States, and local Panamanian dancers. Over the course of our one week exchange, I learned more than I ever thought would be possible. I immersed myself in a new culture, learned about the orphan experience, and witnessed first-hand the power that dance education can have in both the lives of its students and its teachers. Movement Exchange does an exceptional job of educating its volunteers about the intent and nature of its work (noting the difference between volunteerism and "voluntourism"), the history and culture of Panama, and the importance of compassion in our everyday interactions. Since I set foot in Panama, my life has been forever changed, all thanks to this incredible organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement exchange is an incredible inspiring non profit that works toward uniting different cultures through dance. It brings college students and orphans together and opens up opportunities to share love and joy through movement. It is a unique program through its emphasis on helping the poor, spreading cultural awareness, and increasing the arts!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of Movement Exchange in 2014 during a summer when I was facing the devastating prospect of having to stop my ballet career due to injuries. Move-Ex quite literally fell into my lap at the right time: providing me the ability to continue using my passion for dance for something so much larger than myself. From the beginning, I not only began getting to experience leadership roles within my university chapter (I currently serve as its president), but opportunities to volunteer within the organization's administration. I have loved watching other people at my university, other students and individuals fall in love with Movement Exchange as they witness dance change the lives of so many people around them in addition to themselves. What makes Movement Exchange so special is that it truly prioritizes the experiences between people of all different backgrounds. It has been incredible to participate in the year round sustainable dance programs in Panama as well as in the US and watch first hand the impact Move-Ex has had on so many people. There isn't another organization like Move-Ex in its heart, dedication and network of incredible Dance Diplomats!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Movement Exchange for about 5 years, first as a dance diplomat volunteer, then a university chapter president, and recently a director of marketing. Movement Exchange has impacted my life, and the lives of countless others, in incredible ways. Not only has it provided me an avenue to use dance to serve populations in the U.S, Panama, and India, it has brought me to the most genuine people and relationships. Movement Exchange is a one-of-a-kind organization—and I'm not just saying that! Service has largely focused on providing tangible needs, such as building homes, but Movement Exchange is about providing something richer, more fulfilling, and meaningful in the quality of peoples' lives—and that is art and expression. I am so thankful for an organization that is helping the world get in touch with their bodies, communities, and spirit through dance and movement expression.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Move-ex has changed my life and ignited my love of dance, travel, and service. Being a part of this organization has shaped who I am from my early years of college to today. I served as president of the Indiana University chapter, and continue to be involved as an alum because of the power that it has to bring us all together to continue to meet new people and share projects.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Movement Exchange for the past three years, and the organization never ceases to amaze me! This nonprofit brings so much joy and love to at-risk youth throughout the country, and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. Movement Exchange has shown me what it's like to be a part of something bigger than yourself, and has inspired me to use dance as a medium for change!

1 Nick67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Movement Exchange as a University Chapter participant, Volunteer, Administrator, and Supporter. This nonprofit does phenomenal community building and arts engagement work. Through dance, Movement Exchange empowers men and women of all ages and backgrounds and creates a global community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movement Exchange is an organization filled with dedicated, motivated, and inspiring leaders, dancers, volunteers, and participants who are all committed to the Move-Ex mission. Movement has the ability to bring joy and happiness to any situation and although I have been dancing for 17+ years, I don't think I ever really knew how powerful dance could be. The exchange to Panama allows participants from across the world to connect and grow together, forming long lasting relationships that support growth and confidence. Movement Exchange uses dance as a medium through which participants and volunteers can inspire, change and grow. With an emphasis on providing sustainable dance education in the communities it serves, Movement Exchange will continue to inspire and change lives through dance. Move to change, baby!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Movement Exchange in 2011 at a university chapter and began taking on leadership roles within my university's chapter in 2012. I joined because I was intrigued by the idea of incorporating dance and service and was excited to not only teach dance in orphanages and after school programs, but also to learn folkloric dance and other styles from professional Panamanian artists.
Movement Exchange is more than a group that brings dance education to the communities it touches; it is a family of kind-hearted and generous people who endeavor to improve the lives of others, even if that just means briefly brightening another’s day through a simple act of kindness. And throughout my five years as a member of Movement Exchange, I have learned that the joy shared between our dancers—volunteers and participants alike—is a happiness that can transcend boundaries of age, language, and cultural differences. I’ve realized that dance is a powerful tool, and Movement Exchange is using it to bring awareness to issues such as social inequality as well as empowering the individuals with whom we interact.
If you support creative arts programming, social equality, or humanitarian efforts, please consider joining or supporting Movement Exchange. Becoming a dance diplomat changed my life and was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ultimate cultural exchange experience. With it's platform for dance service on the domestic and international scale, Movement Exchange is changing so many lives. When I was the chapter president at Indiana University, I found no experience to be more fulfilling. Directing the energy and passion of dancers towards giving back is something that has not been done enough, but with 5 years under their belt, Movement Exchange continues to be a pioneer in the field, paving the way for dancers to shift their mindset from performance to community service. With its 21 university chapters sustaining year-round dance programs on the ground, its 3 Panamanian dance instructors sustaining year-round dance programs in Panama, and its international exchanges, Movement Exchange has truly defined and lived out the ideals of dance diplomacy. Move to Change!