Archive for December, 2009

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Diving into the New Year!

December 31, 2009

Diving into the New Year!

As 2009 draws to a close, I am buoyed by your love and support! In the last three weeks, 24 of you generously donated over $1100 to the Dolphin Dance project! My friend Mary Ann was our very first donor, another friend Kol was the most generous, and friends Andy, Christine and Jennifer sent near-simultaneous donations each of which would have gotten us over the $1000 goal on their own, but together allowed us to exceed it. Having exceeded our goal, we are now able to apply for funding through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas. Indeed we are ending the year having submitted our first two grants, both with end-of-December deadlines! Thank you again, my generous friends! Thanks to all of you who have ‘pitched in’. I hope you will stay tuned and enjoy the dolphin dance film that you are making possible!

Diving into 2010, I am incredibly excited! Tomorrow – New Year’s Day – is the beginning of a new phase for Dolphin Dance project. Producer Loui Terrier and I jet off to our first film location…production coordinator Rick Osburn will meet us there. We start filming with Bryce Groark on January 4th! Here we come, dolphin friends! We are ready to dive into 2010 with you!

Tonight on New Year’s eve, the ‘Blue Moon’ is full. Indeed the moment feels as rare and beautiful as a ‘Blue Moon’…I am full of excitement for the coming year and gratitude for all your love and support. I hope this is a ‘rare’ and ‘full’ moment for you, too.

Warmest wishes to you all for a Healthy and Happy New Year!

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What a great first week…thank you to all!

December 19, 2009

Just one week since the Dolphin Dance project was announced to the world …and word is getting out! Our new website www.dolphin-dance.org has had 130 visits from 9 different countries including – would you believe? – Thailand and Kazakhstan. The Dolphin Dance Project FB page has over 60 fans; and on youtube, our clip of dolphins dancing has a 5 star rating with over 100 views and nice comments! Thank you for the support!

And please continue spread the word to anyone you know who cares about dolphins or underwater films or stretching the boundaries of dance and science!

Last week, we also sent out our first fund raising letter to friends…and the response has been heartwarming! We have raised almost $600…THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! We are more than half way to our $1000 target…the amount we need to raise before we can start to apply for grants through our fiscal sponsor.

I know it’s a busy time of year…but I hope you will take advantage of our tax-exempt status to make a tax-deductible donation before the end of 2009.  Any amount is meaningful to us, even $10. We have gifts for every level of giving . . . and your contribution will be helping to demonstrate the beauty and intelligence of wild dolphins in their natural environment.

We have also been very busy with preparations for our upcoming expedition to capture video for our pilot film:

In addition to Lisa Denning, we’ve brought on board Bryce Groark of Living Ocean Productions. Check out his ‘Salt Water Reel’…the footage is stunning…no wonder that Bryce has worked for A&E and PBS…and even had work shown at the Smithsonian. We’ve also booked a boat with free-diving captains. And yes, we booked our plane tickets, too.

And I’ve met with Alexandra Horowitz, PhD who has just written ‘Inside of a Dog,’  about how dogs experience the world, from their point of view. (You may have heard her recent interview on NPR). She gave me lots of insight, from a scientist’s perspective, into human-animal interactions and play. She’s helping me get in touch with some dolphin researchers, too . . . stay tuned for more!!

And the dolphins? Well, they love the camera…and they are ready…they are waiting as they have for tens of thousands of years…beckoning us to learn their games and play and make underwater dances with them.

What a whirl of activity in just one week! I am almost dizzy…and so EXCITED! Thank you, everyone! In these beginning moments, I really appreciate every single dollar and every word of encouragement…every little drop of dolphin love!

By the way, this is our fund raising mascot , Robin.

Robin, our fundraising mascot

On my first trip with Dolphin Dream in 2004, Robin peered into my face many times until I finally snapped this picture…then, she lifted me on her back and gave me a ride! What an amazing connection!

Wishing you all a dolphin playful festive holiday season!!!


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New Blog for Exciting Project

December 5, 2009

Welcome to my very first blog entry! Here, I’ll be writing about the things that happen as I direct collaborative dances, co-created by humans and dolphins and capture them on film and video. I’m excited for what I imagine will be an experience of a lifetime.

This  is the first bit of video shot for the project. I shot it myself (on a so-so camera, sorry!) in October at Kealekekua Bay, a lovely spot on the Kona coast of Hawaii (Big Island). I was fortunate enough to see many beautiful Spinner dolphins there, in pods of 30 or more. Several of the Spinners who were particularly playful even engaged me in a few ‘snuggly’ dances! And of course, we also played the ‘leaf game’…

In part, I went to Kona to meet Lisa Denning, a videographer who was introduced to me by my friend Kimio. Lisa has extensive experience shooting dolphins (and other marine life). I’m really looking forward to working with Lisa on this project! Please take a look at her site…her work is wonderful…she has a great feel for dolphin dancing.

Soon, I will be going back to Kona to shoot pilot footage for the Dolphin Dance project. Loui Terrier will be joining me and recording all that happens out of the water, and to work with me on creating a jammin’ trailer with our pilot footage.

Meantime, there is much planning to do…and also much fund raising to do. Please consider making a donation to support the Dolphin Dance project (just click here)…no amount is too small!

Thank you so much for reading my blog. Please consider subscribing to the RSS feed, so you will know when there are updates.  And visit the web site for the project at http://www.dolphin-dance.org/ where you can join our mailing list.

Happy Holidays…and much dolphin love to all!