Waggle It
(Queens, New York ◦ 2018-Present)


Salt Tree Art's annual Waggle It festival celebrates the honey bee (and all urban pollinators) with a community organization fair, an eco-art pop-up gallery, beekeeping photo ops, and our signature performance of the honey bee waggle dance.

Honey bees communicate through a “waggle” that expresses the location of food through dance. Inspired by these natural performers, Salt Tree Art has choreographed a dance using the genuine honey bee waggle moves. With help from our dance instructors, everyone is invited to show us your waggle dancing skills and be a part of the performance!

2019 Programme of Artists

Performing Artists

- Lauren Alzos-Benke (Dance Lead/Choreographer)
- Elizabeth Benzik (Dance Assistant/Instructor)
- Jennifer Jurek (Dance Assistant/Instructor)
- Jared Blake DiCroce (Event Emcee)

Exhibiting Artists

- Nicholas Enna
- Clara Fialho
- A. King McCarty
- Brian J. Soliwoda
- Sara Schraeter
- Davi Leventhal
- Kristen Terrana
- Daniel O'Brien

- 2019 Waggle It Exhibition Catalogue (printable version)

Educational tables and costumed participants at the 2019 Waggle It festival in Hunters Point Park South.

2019 Partnerships

Hunters Point Parks Conservancy
2019 Event Hosts

LIC Landing by Coffeed
2019 Hosting Venue

Queens Council on the Arts
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.

Bee-themed art walk from 2019 Waggle It festival, including interactive art!

Dancers from the 2019 Waggle It festival at Long Island City's Plaxall Gallery.

Channeling inner honey bees at the 2018 Waggle It festival.

Future of the Project

Salt Tree Art is excited for Waggle It to return for its third season in 2020! We'll be posting event information on our social media and on the official Waggle It event page once everything is finalized, so watch for more information soon!