In the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean a woman and wild Spinner Dolphins forge a tender relationship through the graceful language of dance. Recognized as Best Experimental Film at its world premiere at the Big Apple Film Festival, ‘Together: Dancing with Spinner Dolphins’ (3 min 33 sec, 2010) is the debut film of the Dolphin Dance Project.


Chisa Hidaka


Benjamin Harley, Chisa Hidaka and Loui Terrier


Bryce Groark

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conceived and directed Chisa Hidaka
performed Chisa Hidaka
wild Pacific Spinner Dolphins
produced Benjamin Harley
Chisa Hidaka
Loui Terrier
for Dolphin Dance Project
cinematography Bryce Groark
additional camerawork Brett LeMaster
Loui Terrier
colorist Benjamin Harley
post producation Justin Grazioli
music “The Sea VIII” courtesy of ECM
Ketil Bjornstad
David Darling
Terje Rypdal
Jon Christensen
sound editing Loui Terrier
sound mixing Gisbourg
sound assistnat Felip Chagas
production coordinator Richard Osburn
location research Kimio Wheaton
Dance Films Association Finishing Fund
Best Experimental Film Big Apple Film Festival, 2010
Best Short Film – Animal Advocacy Artivist Film Festival NYC, 2012
Finalist Ocean Inspiration Festival, Celebrating Jacques Cousteau, 2011
Honorable Mention, Emerging Film Maker Blue Ocean Film Festival, 2012
Official Selection
2010 Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Golden, CO
International Underwater Film Festival – Belgrade
2011 Dance on Camera, NYC
Moviehouse/3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
Videodanse Burgogne, France
Performance Mix, NYC
Green Film Festival in Seoul, Korea
Dance Camera West, Los Angeles
Women for Whales Conference, Jersey, UK
Artivist Film Festival, LA
Center for Remembering and Sharing, NYC
Moondance International Film Festival, Boulder, CO
Red Rock Film Festival, St. George, UT
VideodanzaBA, Buenos Aires, Brazil
BCN Sports Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain
New York Japan CineFest, NYC
Films that Move, NYC
UnoPort Art Films, Uno Port, Japan
Solar Powered Film Series, NYC
Sea Pulse Film Festival
2016 Jacob Burns Film Festival, NY
Special Thanks
Mele Nai’a Mayumi and Richard Marks
Leina Sato Marta Renzi
Kasumi Sato Richard Reiss
Patrice Lellavois Heather Delaney
Jean Luc Bozzoli Dolphin Dream Sister Goddesses (and Damisi Rosemond)
Annabel Edwards Chisa’s family especially Yoshiki, Kiyoko and Mami
Thanks to our donors
Dance Films Association Finishing Grant
Kate Gottfried
Mary Ann Hopkins
Inez Rogatsky
Kol Zarember
Alex Adair Jennifer Moldover
Brigham Coombs Korinne Munson
Laurie Goodrich Andrew Nolen
Larry Gorman Christie Osburn
Jennifer Hanley Linda Passarelli
Marie Hiraga and Perry Sheffield and
Yusuke Yamamoto Andrew Suseno
Jesse Johnson Ellen Sirot
Christine Marcarian Tavor White
Nina Martin Cathy Zimmerman

The Pacific dolphins in this film are completely wild and free. They participate in the dance because of their own curiosity or joy, just like the human dancers.

The filmmakers are dedicated to meeting the dolphins on their terms. We never feed or coerce dolphins, or attempt to interact if they are resting, feeding, or show any signs of annoyance or disinterest.