T-birds on the Move: A New Club Embraces the Power of Dance

One of the greatest opportunities at the Thunderbird School of Global Management is learning about different cultures and countries from our fellow students. Often, this learning takes place informally in the halls between classes or during lunches with friends. However, a new Thunderbird club has emerged and is embracing the opportunity to learn about our fellow students through a new fun medium: dance.

Launched in Summer 2021, the Global Moves club has wasted no time in organizing dance classes to bring together all T-birds. Led by club president Nuria Shu (Class of 2022), Global Moves intends to serve as a safe space for Thunderbirds to share their customs and culture through the power of dance. Global Moves’ leadership team embraces this mission with its diversity and internationalism. Nuria is from Peru, and her teammates include Juily Sawant from India, Robson Correa Da Silva from Brazil, and Veronica Esquivel from Phoenix, Arizona.

Led by this talented team, the club’s first event was a resounding success. On the first Friday in September, a group of T-birds gathered together in the ASU Downtown Gym to take a break from studying and learn salsa dancing from Francis Linares Torres, a second-year student at Thunderbird from Venezuela.

Das Tor Arts Director Lois Lawson attended the event and truly enjoyed the music, dancing, and camaraderie. Dressed in neon-colored fedoras provided by Global Moves, students had the opportunity to exercise, hang out with friends, and learn more about Francis’ Venezuelan culture through the power of dance. Check out some of Lois’ photos of the fun at the end of this article.

Salsa dancing with Francis won’t be the end of the fun from Global Moves. Already, the club has planned a whole schedule of events, as seen below: 

For students interested in keeping in touch with Thunderbird Global Moves, be sure to join them on SunDevil Sync and join their WhatsApp group here.

Here is the link to add the Modern Jazz event on 9/24 to your calendar!

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