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Dale Andree is founder and director of National Water Dance. Having first conceived and directed Florida Waterways Dance Project in 2011, she created the national event in 2014 deepening her commitment to arts and the environment. Dale teaches in the dance and theater departments of New World School of the Arts in Miami. She has directed her own company, Mary Street Dance Theatre, as well as creating the children’s’ improvisational dance company, The Good for Something Dancers. She is a Knight Arts recipient, has twice been the recipient of the Florida Individual Artists Fellowship and has received multiple state, regional and federal grants for her choreography as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fund for Artists at International Festivals. Her interest in site-specific work has taken her from the streets of Paraty, Brazil to the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami to the tidal flats of Maine where she created her first dance for camera film, “Between Earth and Sea”, which has been shown in film festivals in Miami, Oklahoma and Portland, Maine. She is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music and received her certification in Laban Movement Analysis from LIMS in NYC. Dale can be reached at

Outreach Coordinator

Kristin O’Neal is proud to be working as Outreach Coordinator for National Water Dance. Kristin has worked with Dale on a myriad of engaging projects for nearly two decades including the Florida Waterways Dance Project 2011 that inspired Dale’s vision for the national project. Kristin lives in Decatur, GA where she works as Rehearsal Director for CORE Performance Company and Lecturer in Dance at Emory University. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance/Choreography from Hollins University/ADF and creates dance works in Atlanta, GA with her dance and life partner Gregory Catellier of Catellier Dance Projects. Kristin can be reached at

Operations Coordinator

Maria Elena Rodriguez is excited to be assisting National Water Dance with improving administrative operations as the Operations Coordinator. Maria Elena studied dance at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA) at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, FL, and also studied under Suzanne Pomerantzeff at the Academy of Ballet Arts. In 2008, she earned a Minor in Dance from the University of Washington, while also completing her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies: Population and Health. While earning her Master’s degree in Community Development at the University of California, Davis, Maria Elena also performed with a local Colombian folkloric troupe, Colombia Viva. Given her background in dance, environment, and community action, Maria Elena is thrilled to be a part of National Water Dance and promoting dance as an expression of social issues. Maria Elena can be reached at

Technology Advisor

Juan M. Vargas is a Systems Engineer from Colombia who worked in R&D at the Universidad de los Andes for 13 years. He has been working on Internet related projects since 1992, including government and institutional websites. Juan has also participated in media-rich projects, where the integration of video, audio, video conferencing and programming was a necessity. This diverse knowledge and skill set has made possible the growth of the National Water Dance website into a social-based platform. Juan was also in charge of orchestrating the different institutions that participated in previous NWD events, by using Google Hangouts as a tool to livestream the events on YouTube.

Technology Consultant

Jean-Pierre Dodel is a Miami-based leader and innovator in the technology space. Former head of Technology at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, he spent the great majority of his earlier years working with Silicon Valley companies such as Autonomy, HP, and Ernst & Young, specializing in big data search and recommendation systems that power many Fortune 500 companies as well as today's top music brands such as Vevo, Universal Music Group, and Sony. JP is very active in the local startup community, providing tech mentorship and strategic guidance. He is particularly passionate about projects at the intersection of art and technology, speaking at many music and tech conferences locally and internationally. He holds a Master’s and B.S. degrees in Computer Science with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence.

Video Editor

Lynne Wimmer was Professor in the School of Theater and Dance at the University of South Florida for 27 years. Her education includes a BFA from Juilliard and an MFA from U. of Utah. She danced with Repertory Dance Theatre for 9 years & had her own company for 5 years. Grants include NEA, arts councils of Pennsylvania, Florida and Utah, 2 Fulbrights ( Mexico, Costa Rica). Presently she is a videographer and editor creating both video design for choreographers as well as documentary videos.

Founding Producer

Daniel Lewis is president of Miami Dance Futures and a consultant for the José Limón Dance Foundation in New York. He was the founding dean of dance of the New World School of the Arts, from 1987 to 2011. From 1962-74, he danced with the Limón Dance Company. Following the death of José Limón, Mr. Lewis served as the Limón Company’s acting artistic director and became founding director of the Limón Institute. As a choreographer, Mr.Lewis has been commissioned to create works by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Dallas Civic Opera, American Opera Center at Lincoln Center, Amherst College, the University of California at Los Angeles, and The Juilliard School. He has received many local and national awards, among them the Lifelong Achievement Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters, The Florida Arts Recognition Award recognizing his outstanding initiatives, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Dance Educators Organization and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Florida.

National Advisory Board

Lara Segura has extensive experience as a professional dancer, teacher, producer and choreographer. In 2005 Lara graduated with a BFA Degree from San Diego State University. She has had the pleasure of performing with Mojalet Dance Collective, The PGK Dance Project, Pat Sandback and Dancers, Jacksonville Dance Theater, Sound Dance Company, Wallpaper Performance Company and San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances. She has served as a faculty member at Douglas Anderson School for the Performing Arts and Jacksonville University. Lara has worked with Malashock Dance since 2007 and serves in the roles of Artistic Program Manager, company dancer and faculty member. In 2014 Lara received her MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University with an emphasis in engaging audiences via site-specific dance. She is a founding steering committee member for San Diego Dance Connect.

Solveig Santillano holds an MFA from Hollins/ADF, MA from Wesleyan University (Rulewater Prize), and BFA from the Juilliard School of Dance. Performance credits include Anna Sokolow, Ruby Shang, Prometheus, Spencer/Colton, Momix. Now an associate professor at Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA), Santillano collaborates with partner Mark Santillano, with whom she is co-artistic director, co-choreographer, and performer of SoMar Dance Works. Passionate about collaborations with colleagues, students and community, she enjoys using her art for advocacy concerning issues of social concern and injustice. Santillano currently studies with William “Bill” Evans, NDEO, and is a proud recipient of the inaugural Erie Arts and Culture Artist Fellowship.

Sara Pickett is a dance educator and choreographer in the Salt Lake City area. Sara received her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah as a recipient of a University Teaching Award. She also received the Lindquist Creative Arts Fellowship through Weber State University. Sara danced professionally with Rick Robinson’s Total Control, and was a core member of Millennium, a hip hop company in Denver, Co. with Kenny Jimenez. She is a co-producer of BRINE, a concert of dance works presented in Salt Lake City. Sara’s choreography has been performed at the University of Utah, Weber State University, Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, Idaho State University, the American College Dance Association, Lagoon Park, and the Colorado Academy of the Arts, among others.

Karen McShane-Hellenbrand, BS in Dance Education, MFA Faculty Associate at the UW –Madison Dance Department, is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and artist-in-residence. Most recently, she produced RED STAINS (2016): a collage expressing shared female experiences across cultures. Karen has developed a residency design that includes the entire school where often 400- 500 students create their own dances. She regularly conducts professional development for continuing /teacher education programs on using movement as a tool to teach across the curriculum. Recently, she presented at the Midwest Arts Integration Conference, 2016, Dancing Under a Water Umbrella: An Arts Integration Curriculum Model & for The Kennedy Center Partners in Education, 2014, Arts Integration in the Classroom/Reaching New Horizons. Her goals are to promote access to dance education and to embody professionalism. Karen is WI’s statewide coordinator for the National Water Dance Project and has developed an arts integration curriculum for National Water Dance.