“All of a sudden, you realize there are these persons in the ocean.”

This video profile of the Dolphin Dance Project and its founder Chisa Hidaka was created for the Focus Forward films competition. Some underwater scenes are excerpts from our upcoming short film “Dolphin Dreams” (, underwater cinematography by Howard Hall (

If this video does not play smoothly on Vimeo, please watch it on Youtube: Learn more about this video in our blog post

The Dolphin Dance Project produces films about communication between humans and wild dolphins through dance. Learn more at

The Dolphin Dance Project works only with wild dolphins. Dolphins are not rewarded or coerced by anything other than their own curiosity and joy to interact with intelligent, playful members of another species - just like the human dancer. Recognizing that we are guests in the dolphins’ environment, the filmmakers followed a strict code of etiquette. There is never any attempt to interact if dolphins are resting or show any sign of annoyance or disinterest. To learn more about the threats faced by wild dolphins, please visit our Protect page:

Credits - Produced by Benjamin Harley and Chisa Hidaka, Music ‘Dandelion’ by Mika Pohoja & Yusuke Yamamoto / Blue Music Group, Underwater Dancers B. Harley, C. Hidaka, Jillian Rutledge, Contact Improvisation Dancers Leslie Cohen-Rubury, JungWoong Kim, Marion Ramirez


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