"If you can't fly then run,
If you can't run then walk,
if you can't walk then crawl,
but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward"
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Co-Chair)
Mahayana Landowne (Co-Chair)
Erik Bryan Slavin
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
Jessii Parham, 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)
Mestre Joao Grande
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, Deputy Director Venus Melo and Kevin McClain (Citywide)
·NYC Dept of Sanitation Superintendent Thomas Lincoln
·NYC Dept of Transportation Event Coordinators Michael Callery, Ivory Henderson-Robb and G.I.S. / Events Coordinator Shuan Bruney
our 2017 Sponsors and Partners:
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CONGRATULATIONS DANCERS AND FREEDOM LOVERS!
It's Halloween but we don't have to be scared to dance anymore in New York City.
Today the City Council passed the bill to fully repeal the Cabaret Law which has surpressd dance and culture since 1926.
With our 2018 theme "The Cabaret of Life" we will honor our roots on how we began and celebrate the righting of a longstanding wrong. Check our Wall Of Gratitude below whcih honors so many in this victory. Read our Press Release here and
DANCE ON NEW YOOOOOOOOORK!!!!
Dance Parade, Inc.
THANK YOU Dancers & Dance Lovers!
There have been many dancers, lawyers, film makers, journalists, advocates and politicians that have worked to repeal the NYC Cabaret Law and we want to acknowledge them here with much gratitude and appreciation:
Firstly for this past year, we must give special thanks to Council Member Rafael Espinal for sponsoring the
bill with support by Mayor de Blasio and their combined creation of
Office of Nightlife, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl for executing Create
NYC's cultural plan, Andrew Muchmore for his case in Federal Court, Dance Liberation Network, NYC Artists Coalition and LegalizeDance.Org for promoting and
lobbying progressive City Council Members.
(Listed in order of their contributions. Please excuse us of we missed you!)
- Professor Paul Chevigny for your career long struggle, book and court challenges
- Rev Jen Miller and the Dance Liberation Front - Watch their Hilarious video from the 1990's
- Tricia Ramano, Reporter for The Village Voice
- Eric Demby and crew of Legalize Dancing NYC
- Metropolis in Motion: Jules Siff Zint, Mercury John, Mahayana Landowne, Tanya Elder, Stefanie Jones, Owen Rider, Aylen Doucette
Attention WEB DEVS: Dance Parade's Worldwide Website RFP is due Nov 15!
As Dance Parade plans to share its mission in other cities, both domestically and abroad, we have announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for website designers and developers.
The new design and website will be an interactive, mobile friendly and multi-lingual, making use of our high energy content.
A Bidder's Conference was held this past Friday, a summary of which along with details of the RFP are here.
For questions, please contact RFP@danceparade.org
Our Charitable work to ENGAGE COMMUNITY
2018 Dance Programs:
We employ Teaching Artists at our programs in all five boroughs of New York City. Each program ended 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.
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT - Dave Leventhal, Floater and Father to Be
In each issue of STEPS! we highlight one of our awesome volunteers. This time, Dave Leventhal, owner of Lift / Next Level Floats, gets the Spotlight!
Dave, thanks for taking the time to speak with us and congratulations on expecting your first child. When is the baby due?
Thanks -- My wife, Tori, and I are really excited. The baby’s due New Year’s Eve, and hopefully it’ll come by then so we can get the tax deduction! I am the son of a CPA.
Haha, that's really funny. How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I met you shortly after the first Dance Parade in 2007. We would often see each other at Burning Man related events in New York, and doing 5Rhythms dynamic movement practice. Dance Parade sounded to me like a great example example of participatory culture -- a concept of which I am passionate about. I went in 2008 and was hooked!
What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc?
I am proud to say that I serve on Dance Parade’s Board of Directors, and have since 2009.
What have you been doing when your not parading around with this non-profit?
practiced law for many years litigating class action suits and most
recently got to put that behind me to realize my dream to open LIFT / NEXT LEVEL FLOATS
floatation therapy center in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. We will soon open our second location in Huntington, Long Island.
WINTER'S EVE - Dance Parade presents World Culture at NYC's largest holiday festival
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
Here's 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)
Here's Why We Dance:
We dance for cultural equity.
We represent all dances, including yours. Our 80+ unique dance
styles are the world’s largest display of cultural diversity. We keep
historical dances alive, like Armenian Folk dancing and Bolivian
Caporales, and showcase new dance forms like Litefeet, Waacking and
Brazillian Zouk. We unite cultures and generations, introducing
teenagers to tango, clubbers to square-dancing, and seniors to hip-hop.
We dance for emotional and physical health.
Dance expresses identity – yours, mine, and ours together. Dancing
rejuvenates our bodies and minds, motivates us, and we share
joy. Dancers master new skills, personal and interpersonal, developing
self-esteem and community pride. We put creativity in motion, with
performances, classes, costumes, parade floats, and our Dance Police
(NYDP) — who playfully ticket “bystanders” for not dancing.
We dance to educate and empower.
We send certified teaching artists to schools and community
centers. Participants discover they can communicate vital feelings and
ideas by dancing, and gain insight into other cultures. We
support emerging dance groups by reaching broad audiences and document
their artistry, which they use for fundraising and promotion.
We dance for freedom and peace.
Our root is social justice. Our rhythm is unity. In
the 1800’s, ballroom dancing was deemed devil’s work. In the 1920’s, New
York City enacted the Cabaret Law to stem interracial dancing in Harlem
Jazz Clubs. Nazi Germany banned “anarchistic” Swing Dancing in the
1930’s. Even recently, in 2006, a New York State Supreme Court ruled
that, unlike other forms of art, social dance was not a constitutionally
protected form of expression. We stand for all dancers, including you.
Photo credit: Mark Sklawer