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Dancing to protect our waters

 

Two of the greatest resources of any society are nature and the next generation.

Here in South Florida we have an abundance of water that often seems our birthright to use as we wish. But, in fact, much of our use of our waterways has resulted in the depletion of natural supplies and before it becomes too late we need to take action to protect what makes our ecosystems and our tourism so unique — water. Along side of this pressing issue is the unparalleled success of our arts in education programs. Miami is one of the leaders in the country in providing arts education in its public school system.

Uniting these two precious resources, water and young artists, is the driving force behind National Water Dance (NWD). The condition of our water supply, its availability and its purity are becoming more pressing concerns for South Florida and the entire nation.

NWD addresses these concerns by engaging young artists in creating performance pieces at water sites in order to bring attention to our collective responsibility to protect and preserve our waters.

In educating our youth we educate ourselves. The participating dancers see National Water Dance as a testament to the belief that the way to make change is to begin with oneself and in so doing they become an example that reverberates through the dances they make, the lives they lead and the people they bring along with them.

National Water Dance is taking place in 28 states around the country with more than 80 institutions involved.

In Miami-Dade County, NWD will be held at the historic Deering Estate at Cutler as part of their Festival of the Arts. Eighty dancers will gather together at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 from New World School of the Arts, Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus/Jubilation Dance Ensemble, South Miami Middle Community School, Mays 6-12 Conservatory of the Arts and R. R. Moton Elementary School. Accompanying the dancers will be musicians Vicki Richards and Jeff Deen performing original music, and 50 singers of the New World School of the Arts Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Albert Clark.

Free showerheads, provided by Earth Ethics Institute of Miami Dade College, will be given out in exchange for old ones. Admission to the Deering is free from 3:30 p.m. on.

In Broward, Nova Southeastern University and Broward College are collaborating on a performance at Linear Park, C-11 Canal Bank, Orange Dr. between University Blvd. and Davie Rd. For those of you who can’t jon us, the national event will be live streamed. Go to nationalwaterdance.org for more information. Come out and support the efforts of these young artists — and take home a free showerhead.

Dale Andree, founder/director, and Daniel Lewis, producer,

National Water Dance, Miami

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