Chisa Hidaka gets to do something many dream of doing: she gets to dance with dolphins.
As a child, the Japanese American found herself drawn to dolphins but found them especially enchanting after a documentary she saw on TV. The most memorable shot for her was at the film’s ending: Robin Williams is suspended in water with an aged Atlantic spotted dolphin, quietly staring into each other’s eyes. ”After I saw that, I felt an inexplicable need to know what that was like, to be mind to mind with a wise old dolphin,” says Hidaka.
She went on a journey that spanned several years before she found the same dolphins from the show. What she discovered was how their graceful movements were not unlike people dancing. When she dove into the water with them, she found herself with underwater dancers.