Dance Diplomacy - DanceMotion USA





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Uploaded on Mar 1, 2010

Through the DanceMotion USA program - http://exchanges.state.gov/cultural/d... - the U.S. Department of State supports a series of tours by a select number of American contemporary dance companies to increase cross-cultural understanding between the United States and countries around the world.



[voice] Dance is universal. All over the world, at some point we are doing similar things and speaking through our bodies to tell a story.People can understand.

People can understand gestures of strength or of love, or softness and I think those are sort of universal themes that are to be explored.
[music w/ vocals] Did you see me stumble?

[voice over] Americans are open. We have a heart for people, and experiencing other people in other ways.

Even for me, I'm Liberian American; my mother is from Liberia, my father is American, African-American. Being American is so many different things and being able to share that with the world to show them, "Whoa, they're just as diverse as we are..." Just finding that connection is really powerful.

Most of the time it's hard to talk to someone who doesn't have the same language so, through movement, you feel it physically you understand each other and it's easier to communicate that way. Being with people and sharing something special like dance, or art, can really change people's perceptions. We're actually going to teach people we're going to interact with them we're going to get to share our dancing and I think it's a really good chance for us to share what we're about as just the average citizen of the United States and to see what they're about.

Our biggest joy may come from being able to work with the different communities in the different countries that we're going to be.

Just being open and having no preconceived notions just going and being like, "Alright, I'm here, I'm ready, I'm open to receive and to give as much as I can."

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