FOR WATER EVERYWHERE
We are an organization of movement and water enthusiasts who believe that dance, like water, has the ability to stir up society and catalyze a ripple effect of change.
Through participatory art events, we partner with communities to generate local and global environmental awareness. We stand, stomp and reach for a world invested in clean, safe water for all.
GLOBAL WATER DANCES
Global Water Dances was founded by a group of dance and non-verbal communication experts. Our founders partnered with local choreographers to develop performances that mirror water’s dynamic patterns and reflect how humans resolve water scarcity and demonstrate appreciation. GWD-NYC produces events that engage audiences through education, community building and problem solving.
Dr. Martha Eddy, Global Water Dances co-founder and Steering Committee Chair in NY, is a movement maverick applying her expertise as a Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, somatic movement therapist, conflict resolution specialist and exercise physiologist. She has designed wellness, anti-violence and environmental programs for schools through the Center for Kinesthetic Education, Moving For Life® for cancer recovery for hospitals and community centers, as part of her work as Director of Community Outreach for Moving On Center -- one of the four non-profits which collaborated to create Global Water Dances. The Global Water Dances New York Steering Committee includes social entrepreneurs, movement educators, event producers, sustainability experts and public health advocates committed to catalyzing change, promoting health and building community.The NY team is led by Dr. Martha Eddy, Daniela Plattner, Natasha Alhadeff-Jones, Julia Shanbrom, Anita Boeninger, Crystal Craigen, John Chanik and Ali Schechter with new activists joining weekly.
Global Water Dances-NYC engages water experts, social justice organizations, artists and community members in interdisciplinary events throughout the year culminating in the GWD worldwide live-streaming event on June 15th. We incorporate multiple modalities including movement, art making, live music, conversation, collaboration and education.
Events welcome all types of movement while highlighting techniques in somatic movement therapy and expressive arts, Dynamic Embodiment ™, Body Mind Dancing ™, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis, as well as free-form improvisation and experimental dance. Between movement segments, participants are prompted with thought-provoking questions and engage in community-based dialogue. We also showcase local choreographers and Global Water Dances Movement Choirs that encourage audiences to participate in simple water-inspired gestures or if desired whole-body movement sequences. Click here for more information about Movement Choirs.
While the structure of each event is informed by strategies in Laban Movement Analysis and Solution-Oriented Coaching, local organizers and participants have complete agency to direct the collaborative learning process. Like water, our events are adaptable and fluid. Each gathering is intended to build ongoing partnerships, develop imaginative solutions for personal, cultural and environmental change and bring joy to everyone involved.