This blog is simply a virtual space for you to gain insight on my Practice Experience as a part of the Global Poverty and Practice minor at the University of California, Berkeley. I will be working through Gawad Kalinga to implement a performing arts program for impoverished youth– immersing myself into the rich culture of the islands and experiencing living in the Philippines first-hand. Welcome to my daily trials and battles with my own inner conscious. I hope that the content I bring gives you even the slightest glimpse into the seriousness of poverty and the criticality in the challenge to build a brighter future for our youth.

… then why dance, you ask?

Dance is a universal language that can be shared by all people across differing cultures and disconnected communities. Through dance, we are able to unite as one in the artistry of movement and visibility of musicality. Through dance, we can creatively work together to preserve dying traditions and silenced histories. Dance has the power to not only move individuals to express themselves in challenging spaces, it also has the capacity to move the masses in confliction and contestation. The more dance moves, the more we can become “movers” in this desire to help our brothers and sisters rise out of their impoverished conditions. The more dance moves, the better we can motivate and inspire our young ones to aspire in reaching dreams exponentially bigger than themselves. The more dance moves, the closer we can become as one people in our efforts for a brighter future and in our hopes to live in a world of peace, love, and harmony.

– Sammy Dizon


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