FREE ENVIRONMENTAL DANCE FESTIVAL - to protect WATER - WATER IS LIFE - Global Water Dances 10th Anniversary - 180 sites around the planet June 8 - 13th

Martha Eddy and Global Water Dance colleagues

Around the world live and online, pre-recorded and livestreamed. Here are our NYC  directions to the site, as one example:

Fri June 11

Sat June 12

For locations around the world please check out our calendar at

Date and Time

June 8  - Splash Mob on social media

June 9 - 10 - 11 - Our film festival with 3 feature films and dozens of edited videos from locatons in the Global South and North

June 12th - live streaming of dances around the world

June 13th - all dancers gather on Zoom to meet and participate in our communal movement choir to invoke and commit to another year of improving our stewardship of the worlds waterways.  


FREE to watch and free to participate - please go to the For Choreographers page to sign on and to find videos to learn the splash mob 1 min dance the 5 min- global dance (section 3)  and the 2 min participatory hand dance (section 4) 


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Contact: Vannia Ibarguen 
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Global Water Dances Festival 2021

Join the Wave, make a Climate Care Splash!

The biennial Global Water Dances is celebrating its tenth year of connecting local and global water issues with a full week of festivities and actions from Tuesday June 8th through Sunday June 13.

“Since we started in 2011, more and more people have been coming together to use dance to celebrate the fundamental importance of water in all our lives,” said Artistic Director, Vannia Ibarguen. “In 2019, over 180 sites on every continent except Antarctica streamed their events across the globe. And this year, we’re expecting more than 200 sites to participate.”

The founders of Global Water Dances believed that community-based dance performances could be a powerful non-verbal way to mobilize people to learn about the whole spectrum of water issues and to take action to protect access to safe drinking water. And with the Internet, it was possible to coordinate a sophisticated but inexpensive online production, both live and pre-recorded, that would allow people in all the performance locations to connect with each other.

“We have been so moved by the enthusiasm of so many to dance together and to share the stories of their local efforts to secure clean water for everyone, everywhere,” said Ibarguen.  “We never could have predicted the commitment of the global dance communities to becoming a voice for agency and change that we see happening now.”

The organizers decided to extend the event from a single day to open the way for more people to participate, and to offer more options to connect. The first day, June 8, will kick things off with a “Splash Mob,” a one-minute choreographed dance that can be done individually or with a group and posted to social media.  The next three days will feature online films of local-issue water dances, past and current.  On Saturday, local groups will be performing a dance using the same choreography and sharing the results online. And on the final day, there will be two opportunities for participants to do synchronous sharing of the Global Dance choreography via video conference by using Zoom.

Global Water Dances has released a special half-hour long documentary featuring interviews with three of the founders together with video excerpts from dance performances from the last 10 years, ranging from Johannesburg to Bogota to Paris. The documentary is available on the Global Water Dances Youtube Channel @GlobalWaterDances or use direct link

Global Water Dances is housed at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) in New York City. LIMS’ international network of dancers and choreographers is aspiring to cultivate a new generation of socially aware artists, who use dance to actively care for our planet and people. Dance is a powerful channel that connects human beings and makes visible what is invisible. Participating in a Global Water Dances event near you contributes to building communities of movement enthusiasts and water advocates around the world.

To find the closest Global Water Dances location, make a donation, volunteer, or join our mailing list, visit

For NYC -and State: 

Intructor's Bio

Martha Eddy is a co-founder and co-choreographer of Global Water Dances International and Director of GWD-New York.  She continues to serve on the international steering committee.  She is joined by Kei Phillip and Lucy Passaro in co-coordinating our live  NYC events on June 11 and 12 in Riverside Park.  We launched the year at Eco City Earth Celebration Pageant with Felicia Young on May 8th 

Contact and Payment

Please write to if you'd like to help out as a videographer, editor, dancer, or all around assistant in NYC at Riverside park or later in the summer at Lincoln Center.  

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