“If I can't dance, I don't want to be apart of your revolution"
1869 - 1940
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Jenny Boissiere, Parade Production
Celia Kutcher, Parade Production
Carlye Eckert, Education
Valerie Feit, Education
John Dalton, Sponsorship
Michelle DeBlasi, Marketing
Martha Ma, Marketing
Jamila Holman, Festival Production
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Mark Schmidt, Curatorial
Hal Lamster, Web
Donnie D'Amato, Web
Howard Gibbs-Hobgood, Volunteer Coordination
Rebecca Myles, Media
Bianca Rodriguez, Finance Director
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Xi Zhu, China Committee
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
Carmen de Lavallade
Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar
Baba Chuck Davis
“Billy Elliot” (Joseph Harrington)
Don Campbell "Campbellock"
Morocco (Carolina Varga Dinicu)
Jenny Bossiere (Co Lead)
Celia Kutcher (Co Lead)
Erik Bryan Slavin
Disco Mike Park
Jamila Holman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Chair)
Mark Schmidt (Curatorial Vice-Chair)
Donnie D'Amato (Emcee, Main)
Shireen Dickson (Emcee, Family)
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Bianca Rodriguez (Chair)
Kaye Scholer LLP
Media & Promotions Team:
·New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
·NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo
·Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
·City Council Member Rosie Mendez
·NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Deputy Commissioner Eddie Torres, Assistant Commissioner Kathleen Hughes and Program Officer Stephanie La Froscia
·Community Boards 2 and 3
·NYC & Co Foundation
·NYPD Lt Christopher Cheng and Sgt Patrick McGuire
·NYC Department for the Aging
·New York State Council on the Arts
·Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
·NYC Parks & Recreation Director Claudia Pepe, District Supervisor Terese Flores and Deputy Director Venus Melo
·NYC Dept of Sanitation Superintendent Thomas Lincoln
·NYC Dept of Transportation Event Coordinator Ivory Henderson-Robb and G.I.S. / Events Coordinator Shuan Bruney
our 2017 Sponsors and Partners:
Interested to sponsor
2017? Contact greg"at"danceparade.org
for more information!
Spring is here and so is our Showcase Gala! Every year we curate this evening of unique dances from the parade to bring our community together in a special way.
On Sunday April 9th, we'll announce our much anticipated Grand Marshal celebrity lineup, present eight dance pieces and gather critical funding for the parade and festival.
Dance Parade, Inc.
Registration DEADLINES Approaching!
Join thousands of dancers as we explode down Broadway in the heart of
through Union Square and leap across Saint Marks
Place. Once again our goal is to exceed 80 unique styles of dance and to be the world's largest display of cultural diversity. The theme "Dance for Peace" will set a positive and joyous tone as we unify through our common passion for dance.
seen before dance genres and choreography that highlight the
experience -- everything from Ballet to Breakdance, Two-step to
Dub-Step and African to Zydeco--all in dazzling outfits, with live
bands, djs and decorated floats.
Do you belong to a Modern dance company, Contra group, Salsa group, Ballet School or are an EDM DJ? Registering as a parade group is just $50 to move and groove before 75,000 live audience members and to be eligible for our Community Engagement programs in which we hire performaning groups and teaching artists throughout the year. Scholarships are available until April 10th to waive registration fees and there's no fee to apply to participate at DanceFest (April 10th deadline as well)
Nearby NYC? Join us this Wednesday April 12 at 6:30pm for a Parade Group Coordinator's Meeting at 425 Sixth Ave, Ground Floor Conference Room.
Are you joining us from out of town? Save up to 55% on rooms via Dance Parade's exclusive offer on Hotel Engine!
| "Dance For Peace"
Photo Credit: Bob Dea
Photo Credit: Richard Renda
Click here to book discounted rooms!
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Meet Jenny Boissiere, Choreographer and Co-Parade Production Lead!
How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
April is VOLUNTEER Month!
|Not only are we planning for thousands to dance down Broadway, we're also gearing up for a 5 stage festival and are involved in productions and teaching programs throughout New York City. We organize it all with committees that are steered by twice monthly meetings. To join the fun, fill out the
brief volunteer form here!
GENRE BUZZ: Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art hidden in dance!
In each issue of steps we feature a new genre that will be featured in
Dance Parade. This time, it's Capoeira!
We're thrilled to present The
New York Mindful Capoeira Center in the 11th Annual Dance
Capoeira (Portuguese pronunciation: [kapuˈejɾɐ]) is a Brazilian
martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and
music. It was developed in Brazil mainly by Angolans, at the
beginning of the 16th century. It is known for its quick and complex
maneuvers, predominantly using power, speed, and leverage across a wide
variety of kicks, spins and techniques.
The most widely accepted
origin of the word capoeira comes from the Tupi
words ka’a (“jungle”) e
pûer (“it was”), referring to the areas of low
vegetation in the
Brazilian interior where fugitive slaves would hide. A
the art is called a capoeirista. On 26th November 2014 capoeira was
granted a special protected status as “intangible cultural heritage” by
Capoeira’s history begins with the beginning of
African slavery in
Brazil. Since the 16th century, Portuguese colonists
slaves to their colonies, coming mainly from Angola.
Brazil, with its
vast territory, received most of the slaves, almost
40% of all slaves
sent through the Atlantic Ocean. The early history of
capoeira is still
controversial, especially the period between the
16th century and the
beginning of the 19th century, since historical
documents were very
scarce in Brazil at that time. But oral tradition,
evidence leaves little doubt about its Afro-Brazilian
roots. Read More...
Article source: Wikiepdia)
Contribute to the CULTURAL PLAN...Take the CreateNYC Survey!
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs is seeking to understand the needs
of the City’s cultural field.
Your input is important and will
inform the recommendations for CreateNYC, the City’s first-ever
cultural plan, currently underway.
|Please fill out the Survey and share with other artists and cultural workers so they can do
the same. All information collected will be kept anonymous.
Our Charitable work to ENGAGE COMMUNITY
2017 Dance Programs:
We employ Teaching Artists at our programs in all five boroughs of New York City. Each program ends with participation in the May 20th 2017 Parade and Festival!
Serving older Americans through the joy and movement of dance.
dance to instill a lifelong enthusiasm for physical fitness.
Cultural Residencies: Multi-week residencies focusing on culturally specific dance forms.
SUPPORT our Mission and Why We Dance
Our Mission is to promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form by
showcasing all forms of dance, educating the general public about the
opportunities to experience dance, and celebrating diversity of dance in
New York City by sponsoring a yearly city-wide dance parade and dance
Dance Parade really needs your support and
any help you can give us is appreciated. At Dance Parade, we
are grateful for every tax deductible donation no matter how
small. Here’s how we'll honor you for 2017:
How to donate:
· Make check payable to “Dance Parade” and mail to 789 Westminster Road, 1st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11230
· Click on the Donate button
from danceparade.org and pay by credit card (PayPal account not needed)
Photo Credit: Kaddy Tsang of Artists X-Dance (Hartford, CT)
108 Groups registered so far for 5/2017 presenting 53 unique styles of dance!