Grantee: Dancing Earth Creations
Location: San Francisco, Calif.
Award: 2013 Bridge Initiative for Native Arts
Discipline: Waters of Wellness
Web Site: http://www.dancingearth.org/
Dancing Earth Creations is an indigenous dance theater company committed to developing the next generation of indigenous dance by mentoring emerging artists and providing opportunities for learning across all areas of dance production, education and administration.
In its Waters of Wellness project, the theater company engaged Native youth in dance and movement activities designed to promote exercise and well-being. Native youth shared stories and discussed nutritional education. The overall thematic element was the preservation of Native waterways. Built into the workshops were discussions about environmental impact and personal responsibility.
Taking place at four sites thoughout California, the outcomes of the workshops built confidence and physical health in the youth, fostered a community understanding of local water systems and increased an overall sense of physical and cultural well-being in the young participants.