The mission of NWD Projects,Inc. is to promote dance as a vehicle for social change by increasing awareness of environmental and social issues through collaboration with the artistic, educational and scientific communities. NWD Projects makes use of the internet to create a national community, which offers platforms for educating students and supporting artistic exchange among professional artists, while engaging and informing the public.
For me, the joy of dancing lies in the beauty of discovery that evolves through deep self-exploration and expansive collaboration. Working with dancers, musicians, visual artists, photographers and videographers inspires me. My work reflects the contributions of those collaborative efforts. For 15 years I directed Mary Street Dance Theatre. As I choreographed and toured with the company my methods of composition gradually turned more and more to improvisation. With my young daughter Thryn, I organized and directed The Good for Something Dancers, a children’s dance company based on improvisation. It continued for 10 years. I am now relaunching my choreographic career with NWD Projects. My greatest joy is working in the studio with eager and curious dancers, constantly learning through their movement discoveries. For over 20 years I taught at New World School of the Arts creating projects and choreographic opportunities with the students, particularly site-specific work. It’s there that I first conceived of the concept that led to National Water Dance. I deeply believe in the knowledge of the body and the memory that it holds. This is what guides me on a continual path of discovery. This is what I want to share.
Outreach Coordinator and all-around cheerleader for National Water Dance, I have worked with Dale on a myriad of engaging projects for nearly two decades from dancer to administrator, including the Florida Waterways Dance Project 2011 that inspired Dale’s vision for the national project. After receiving my MFA in Dance/Choreography from Hollins University/ADF I taught at the University of Florida (2008-2014) where I continued my graduate research of solo performance and character creation. My character investigations led to an unfolding series of solos inspired by the lives of my Grandmothers, Glenna and Dorothy as well as Aunts and Great Aunts named June, Helen, Diane, Constance, and Nell. I live in Decatur, GA where I love creating dance and dance films with my dance and life partner Gregory Catellier of Catellier Dance Projects and where I also work as Rehearsal Director for Core Dance and Lecturer in Dance at Emory University.
Social Media and Marketing Director
Elsa is a freelance digital strategist, event planner, and designer; she’s been practicing the delicate art of persuasion for over a decade. Through the years her work in communications and programming has touched on community organizing, public space, mobility, women’s rights, and civic life. She holds an MS in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University. She is a proud member of the LWV of Tennessee Valley.