With over 1200 dancers, 80 institutions and 26 states involved in National Water Dance 2014 the event was a huge success. At 4:00pm EST dancers across the country began their dance at lakes, bays, oceans, rivers, on bridges, next to streams, in fountains and due to lightning even in a studio with glasses of water carefully placed around for dipping hands. They were elementary school students, middle school, high school, college and university dancers as well as students from private studios and professional dancers. Sharing phrases of movement brought the sense of community to the performance, while the uniqueness of each location and of each group of dancers was the defining element of the event. All of this was shared through live streaming to many more people than were able to attend the performances.
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“I was aware of water scarcity, but I didn’t realize how much of an impact it had, not only in one specific place but nationally and globally.”
Gaby Rosario, New World School of the Arts College Division
“It was an awesome experience, seeing dancers from around the nation come together for a cause.”
Brianna Penichet, South Miami Middle Community School
I loved being a part of the National Water Dance Project!
I want to thank Dance Engagements of Los Angeles for extending their invitation to my dance company, this was an amazing event full of love and artistry!
Beatriz Eugenia Vasquez
Los Angeles, CA
“Clear bay water on a fine sunny day serves as backdrop as we watch inspired young people celebrate, dance and share their understanding of our interconnectedness to this core and fragile, powerful foundation –- water -- of all life as we know it.”
Colleen Ahern-Hettich, Director Earth Ethics Institute, Miami Dade College
On March 5, 2011, New World School of the Arts (NWSA), in downtown Miami, Florida launched Florida Waterways Dance Project, a collaborative initiative which celebrated Arts in Education by uniting Florida's arts institutions in simultaneous site-specific performances inspired by Florida's unique waterways. From Miami to the Panhandle and from Tampa to Jacksonville dancers, musicians and visual artists from 23 participating arts schools and dance companies at eight different locations joined together to bring attention to the power and fragility of Florida’s waterways.
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At each location an anchor school created its own local community of performing artists, inviting arts institutions as well as professional dancers, musicians and visual artists. All participating sites were linked by common movement themes created by choreographers from the anchor schools. This served as a movement source for each choreographer to create a work specific to their geographic location, with music ranging from choral music to drum ensembles.
All performances throughout the state of Florida began at 4:00 pm and were live streamed via the Internet and made available on the project’s website. Live streaming provided audiences around the globe with the unique opportunity to experience Florida Waterways Dance Project by allowing viewers to see all the sites involved as well as choose the camera angles of preference for each performance location.
“The goal of this project is to unite the state of Florida through its unique and extensive arts in education programs” explained Dale Andree, dance faculty at New World School of the Arts in downtown Miami who conceived the collaboration earlier this year. “These young artists represent the best of our K-12 and college and university arts programs. By bringing their talents together they hope to bring to the attention of the public the essential need of a healthy society for clean water and inspired art.”
Participating schools from the state of Florida included:
Miami New World School of the Arts Miami Dade College South Miami Middle Community School Conchita Espinosa Academy
Ft. Lauderdale Nova Southeastern University Jubilee Dance Theatre
Boca Raton Florida Atlantic University
Daytona Beach Daytona State College
Tampa University of South Florida University of Tampa Blake High School Revolution Dance Company Moving Current Dance Collective Shoes at Door Dance Company All Out Rep. Company
Gainesville University of Florida Santa Fe College College of Central Florida Duval Elementary
Jacksonville Jacksonville University Florida State College Douglas Anderson School of the Arts