National Water Dance set for April

National Water Dance 2014Students at universities, private dance schools, elementary schools and dance companies, from the University of Alaska to Miami Dade College in Florida, from the Dance Engagements Company in California to Bates College in Maine, will unite on Saturday, April 12 in a simultaneous, site-specific dance at a river, a bay, a lake, the ocean or any water site near to them. 


This spectacular celebration of arts in action is designed to initiate a national “water ethic” in the U.S. – one that can inform and inspire both participants and audience members to take responsibility for conserving and protecting the water that they use and enjoy. 


National Water Dance began in 2011 as a local event, initiated by the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida to bring attention to the power and fragility of Florida’s waterways. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Dale Andree and Producer Daniel Lewis, National Water Dance, in less than three years, has grown to a national event involving more than 70 institutions in 30 states around the country. Participants experience dance as a form of social activism, an opportunity to be part of a movement choir that creates social change through art.


An idea first conceived by Rudolf Laban, a movement choir is a community of people dancing together for a common purpose. Performances often take place outdoors, in celebration of the environment, and audience members are frequently invited to join the dance. 


The event directors, based in Florida, will connect through the internet, sharing movement phrases and gestures with participants around the U.S. These movements will be the common source from which a dance phrase will be created.


For more information about participating in the 2014 National Water Dance event, contact Dale Andree at


As of January, the following institutions are participating in the National Water Dance (the list is organized in alphabetical order by state):



      University of Alaska



      Henderson State College

      Hendrix College



      Loyola Marymount University

      Dance Engagements

      Crenshaw Yoga and Dance



      Wesleyan University



      NOVA Southeastern University

      University of Florida

      College of Central Florida

      Northwest Florida State College

      Florida Gulf Coast University

      Midway Elementary School of the Arts

      New World School of the Arts

      Miami Dade College College Kendall Campus/Jubilation Dance Ensemble

      Broward College

      Palm Beach Atlantic University

      Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College

      University of Tampa

      Pensacola State College

      South Miami Middle Community School

      Karen Peterson and Dancers

      Arthur and Polly Mays 6-12 Conservatory of the Arts

      Florida Atlantic University

      RR Moton Elementary

      Florida State University



      University of Georgia



      Indiana University Bloomington



      Luther College



      University of Louisiana at Monroe

      Southeastern Louisiana University Dance Performance Project



       Bates College



       Towson University



        The Yard



        University of Mississippi

        University of Southern Mississippi

        Belhaven University



      Webster University



       The Moving Company, University of Nebraska Omaha

       University of Nebraska – Lincoln


New Jersey

       Georgian Court University


New York

        Briarcliff High School

        University of Rochester

        NDEO Brockport Student Chapter

        Horace Mann School


North Carolina

        Elon University

        Bradley Middle School



        Kent State University



       University of Central Oklahoma



      Southern Oregon University



      DeSales University

      Temple University

      Muhlenberg College

      Slippery Rock University


Rhode Island

       JMW High School for the Performing and Visual Arts


South Carolina

       Lander University



      Sewanee: The University of the South

      Chattanooga Dance Projects

      Chattanooga Ballet

      Cleveland City Ballet



      The Governors School for the Arts



      Cornish College of the Arts



      University of Wisconsin, Madison

      Kennedy Elementary School

      Dance Education Center Stevens Pt.



      University of Wyoming