Creating Social Change Through Art: National Water Dance 2014

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Members of the Georgian Court University Department of Dance will join students from other universities, private dance schools, colleges, elementary schools, and dance companies across the nation as participants in National Water Dance, Saturday, April 12 at 4 p.m.

GCU’s dancers, led by department director Silvana Cardell, will perform near the Wellness Center pond on Georgian Court’s historic Lakewood campus as others nationwide— from the University of Alaska to those at Bates College in Maine—perform their own simultaneous, site-specific dance at local rivers, bays, lakes, ocean fronts, or other water sites.

Artistic director Dale Andree and producer Daniel Lewis aim to make the National Water Dance a “spectacular celebration of arts in action 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.” At the same time, “participants experience dance as a form of social activism, an opportunity to be part of a movement choir that creates social change through art.”

According to organizers, National Water Dance began in 2011 as a local event, initiated by Miami’s New World School of the Arts, to bring attention to the power and fragility of Florida’s waterways. Since then, the event has grown to involve more than 80 institutions in 30 states.

For more information, contact Silvana Cardell, Assistant Professor/Director of Dance, at 732.987.2170.