Cultural Ambassadors

BODYTRAFFIC’s education program provides master classes, workshops, residencies, and an outstanding Summer Program to aspiring and professional dancers. Dance experiences offered by BODYTRAFFIC faculty and our guest artists are designed to cause artistic and technical breakthroughs, emphasizing professionalism, extreme articulation and awareness, and most importantly, joy! 

After representing our nation in the Middle East via DanceMotion USASM, North Africa, and the Far East as Cultural Ambassadors of the United States, BODYTRAFFIC is launching CAP, a program that profoundly connects with people around the globe through dance. Both BODYTRAFFIC company members and internationally diverse communities will benefit by experiencing the healing and empowerment of dance and exchanging customs. The CAP is physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially stimulating, and will encourage people of all demographics to connect with each other and celebrate life through dance.

Historical Overview

2015 – Ambassadors of the USA to Israel and Jordan
2016 – Ambassadors of the USA to Korea
2017 – Ambassadors of the USA to Algeria
2018 – Ambassadors of the USA to Algeria (return invitation)

About DanceMotion USA℠

DanceMotion USA℠ (DMUSA), a program of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs administered by BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), ran from 2010 to 2018. One of the only programs of its kind for contemporary American dance, DanceMotion USA℠ facilitated cultural exchange across continents and between countries through performance, education, and artistic collaboration.

US-based dance companies chosen for the program by a panel of dance experts, as well as representatives from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and BAM, traveled for residencies abroad, where they provided workshops, hosted outreach events, led and took master classes with local dancers, collaborated with artists, and offered free public performances and artist discussions. To facilitate these interactions and exchanges, BAM worked with US embassies in 56 countries to establish partnerships with leading cultural, social service, and community organizations and educational institutions.

DanceMotion USA℠ companies created workshops, master classes, demonstrations, and artist talks tailored to each country in which they worked. This kind of in-depth exchange also extended beyond performance practice and pedagogy to the technical directors and practitioners traveling with each company, who worked with local artists at roundtable discussions and training workshops throughout each residency. Thus, DanceMotion USA℠ cultivated a global network of colleagues in all aspects of creating, producing, and presenting contemporary dance.