Global Water Dances

Videography by Michèle Cramont

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Global Water Dances 2021: 
Dancing for Safe Water Everywhere

Core Dance aims to bring voice to our communities through purposeful connection and action-oriented initiatives. Our work is deeply embedded in the issues that we all face, both nationally and globally.


We choose to act as environmental advocates by holding ourselves accountable for our actions and the effects of those actions on the planet. For us this means sharing important, relevant information with our community in ways that are accessible, taking an active role on the frontlines of the environmental crisis, and encouraging others to take action.

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Photo by Simon Gentry

Global Water Dances (GWD) uses the art of dance to illuminate water issues on a global scale. Their work incites collaboration to address water issues through the universal language of dance, and encourages participants to take direct action aiding in the fight. Core Dance last participated in Global Water Dances in 2019 at the Samúel Jónssons Art Farm, Selárdalur, Iceland.

Photo by Simon Gentry

Fighting for Safe Water in Hawaii

In June 2021, we joined dance artists and environmentalists on the Big Island of Hawaii for Global Water Dances 2021. Working alongside the Hawai’i Wildlife Fund at Kamilo Point and Hawai’i Environmental Restoration in the lowland rainforest of Keau'ohana, we experienced the environmental crisis first hand, aid in local  efforts, and bring our experience and the Call To Action to the Core Dance Community worldwide. Before traveling to Hawaii, the artists of Core Dance took the pono pledge and participated in the carbon offset of our travel to Hawaii through Carbon Buddy - both to hold themselves accountable for any cultural or environmental impact incurred during the trip.

Once in Hawaii, our Dance Artists participated in  four days of cultural immersion with Ryan McCormack, esteemed Hula instructor originally from Waimānalo who holds a Masters Degree in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He now calls the rainforest of ʻŌlaʻa, Hawaiʻi Island home, where his passion for hula and community expand great widths. 

Alongside this cultural immersion, the Dance Artists from Core Dance offered a series of dance/movement classes, Moving with and for our Water at Volcano Art Center and multiple Global Water Dances community projects. Watch the video below for a glimpse into some of their work in Hawai'i.

Meet Our Collaborators


Megan Lamson

Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund’s Board President and Hawaiʻi Program Director

Megan has been coordinating HWF’s Hawaiʻi Island Marine Debris Removal Project and Anchialine Restoration Projects in southeast Hawaiʻi since 2008. She began exploring ocean critters in Hawaiʻi and California during her childhood, then earned a bachelor’s in marine biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master’s in tropical conservation biology and environmental science at the University of Hawaiʻi in Hilo.

Lamson focused her academic research on coral reef fish ecology and community-based marine resource management. She is on the board of non-profit, Ka ʻOhana O Honuʻapo, and has been actively working on conservation issues along the Ka’ū coastline since 2005. She has primary responsibility for grant writing and reporting for all of HWF’s Hawaiʻi Island projects. Lamson has also worked part-time for the state’s Division of Aquatic Resources in Kona since 2012.

Jaya Dupuis

Hawaiʻi Environmental Restoration Board President

Jaya has since 1989 immersed herself in the natural world of subsistence farming; and since 2014 has been project coordinator for the restoration of Keau’ohana native rainforest. She is also dedicated to community outreach and education of critical vegetation issues, in support of the lowland environment at large. 

Ms. Dupuis is the author of  of “Hawai’i Plant World Essentials“.  You can also find her 2012 thesis about vegetation patterns in Hawaii:  “Invasion and Resilience in Lowland Wet Forests of Hawai‘i“.


Volcano Art Center

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational organization founded in 1974 by a band of eclectic and energetic artists. Today, Volcano Art Center continues to operate a successful fine arts gallery showcasing handcrafted artworks by over 230 local artists, as well as developing and offering programs for residents, keiki (children) and visitors alike, including the award-winning Na Mea Hawai‘i Hula Kahiko performance series at the kahua hula in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Ways to Act Now

Thank You to Our Partners