NWD Projects


Photo By Miana Jun

Our Mission

The mission of NWD Projects 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.

As artists, we know that creativity is born from conflict: conflict that is fed by questions, by self-evaluation, by new and diverse ideas from those who challenge us as we begin the process necessary to change. NWD Projects commits to this journey of creativity and to the goal of equity for all by supporting diversity in its many forms. We recognize that our present systems are based on inequality and we eagerly step into the work to correct the past structures and find a more balanced future.

NWD Projects is committed to providing disability accommodations for all of our events and performances. We believe that the arts are enhanced and enriched when all community members have the ability to participate. Please contact Dale Andree for more information or to request specific accommodations.

Our Staff

photo credit: Mateo Serna Zapata

Dale Andree

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 Saxon, I organized and directed The Good for Something Dancers, a children’s dance company based on improvisation. 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 is there that I conceived of National Water Dance. Inspired by the work of Rudolf Laban’s “movement choirs” I first wanted to connect the dancers across the state of Florida through its waterways.  From there it became a national project bringing me deeper and deeper into environmental activism. This quest has taken me from the mudflats of Maine, creating two dance films there; to the Everglades, experiencing this national treasure as an artist in residence through AIRIE and creating multiple works in its sawgrass plains and cypress sloughs; to the mangrove forests that support the coastal lands around Miami. This past year, with my organization NWD Projects, I presented Dancing Out of Time: An Environmental Dance Film Festival and Thryn and I established an artist residency in Maine, offering artists the inspiration of the natural surroundings and challenging them to connect with the local community. I deeply believe in the knowledge of the body and the memory that it holds. I believe that it is through our bodies that we find the real connection to ourselves, to one another and to the world we inhabit.

Kristin O’Neal

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. Kristin lives in Decatur, GA where she creates dances and dance films with her husband Gregory Catellier of Catellier Dance Projects and where she also teaches dance courses at Agnes Scott College and Emory University.

Rachel Calabrese

Rachel Calabrese is a freelance dancer and choreographer residing in New York City. She attended Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where she received her BFA in Dance. She has had the opportunity to work with choreographers: Shannon Gillen, Kimberly Bartosik, Christian Von Howard, and Alexandra beller, amongst others. She has a passion for physical dance theater and finding new ways to show the inner workings of the mind within dance. She is currently a company member with Artichoke Dance Company and Finleigh Zack Dance in NYC, and is the artistic director of her own company (NewBrese Dance Project) along with co – director Sawyer Newsome. Rachel is super excited to be a part of the NWD projects team!