National Water Dance Goes Virtual

Bright sides. They’re everywhere. To the left, to the right, look up not down. Step back now sway. The National Water Dance is coming your way.

This Saturday April 18th, thousands of dancers from all over the country, professional companies, schools, students, and more, will participate in the 4th annual National Water Dance.

The synchronized “movement choir” is designed to draw attention to water issues and inspire action on climate change. Dancers will stream simultaneously live at 4pm, EST.

The object of the project is to dance near water.

National Water Dance

As we understand, there will be a live stream direct from here. In addition, participants will live stream across social media platforms like Facebook Live and Instagram Video.

In posts or stories dancers will include one of the hashtags #nationalwaterdance, #nationalwaterdance2020, #dancingforourlives.  Then tag National Water Dance (IG:@nationalwater_dance; FB: to have their dance reshared.

The list of participating artists is impressive, including close to 200 companies, schools and groups from 40 states and Puerto Rico.

Nineteen will partake in Florida alone.

The project was conceived by local Miami choreographer Dale Andree and the mission simple: dance for climate change. This year the Water Dance is still aligned with MDC Live Arts.  Their spring programming EcoCultura also is commemorating climate change and is also going virtual.

Look on the Bright Side

The bright side of this pandemic is that we are giving the planet some time to breathe from the existential onslaught of climate change.

Sure, society’s shut down across the globe. Yeah, millions are on unemployment as cabin fever clicks up a degree. Let’s still dance!

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J.J. Colagrande

Has written about Miami culture for almost twenty years, first with The Miami Herald, then Miami New Times and Huffington Post. He's the publisher of The Jitney and a full-time professor.