Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it.
~ Martha Graham
(1894 - 1991)
Photo by Ramon Humet
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Chair)
Erik Bryan Slavin
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Henya Emmer, Parade Production
Janelle Issis, Parade Programming
Darya Mars, Project Manager
Alan Wright, Grandstand
Gabriel Kutnik, Grandstand
Carlye Eckert, Education
Jamila Holman, Festival Production
Sherrell Whitmore, Festival
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Jessii Parham, Team Coordination
Rebecca Myles, Media
Audrey Ross, Media
Doug Kowlessar, Finance
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance (CPA)
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
Bill T. Jones
Camille A. Brown
Mestre Joao Grande
Carmen de Lavallade
Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar
Baba Chuck Davis
“Billy Elliot” (Joseph Harrington)
Don Campbell "Campbellock"
Morocco (Carolina Varga Dinicu)
Henya Emmer (Production Lead)
Janelle Issis (Programming Lead)
Jamila Holman (Production Lead)
Sherrell Whitmore (Assistant Lead)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Chair)
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Doug Kowlessar (Chair)
Kaye Scholer LLP
Media & Promotions Team:
Nhadyr Reyes Cardenas
·New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
·NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo
·Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
·City Council Member Carolina Rivera
·NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Assistant Commissioner Kathleen Hughes and Program Officer Alana Dapena Fraiz
·Community Boards 2 and 3
·NYC & Co Foundation
·NYPD Lt Christopher Cheng and Sgt Patrick McGuire, 9th Precinct Det. Jaime Herandez
·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 (Citywide)
·NYC Dept of Sanitation Superintendent Joseph Signoril
·NYC Dept of Transportation Event Coordinators Michael Callery, Ivory Henderson-Robb and G.I.S. / Events Coordinator Shuan Bruney
our 2019 Sponsors and Partners:
To our beautiful dancers and supporters:
THANK YOU! Our team is overjoyed at the outpouring of love, energy and artistry from the 10,000 dancers who embodied 100 unique styles of dance down Broadway and across Saint Marks on Saturday, and, according to today's New York Times, "uniting in a groovy, spinning and foot stomping way".
Joining fellow Grand Marshals Bill T. Jones, Baayork Lee and DJ Dara, was Louis Mofsie who led a Unity Dance to start the parade on Broadway, a former Native American trail.
We are indebted to our passionate team of 150 strong "movers and shakers" who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make our 13th annual parade and festival a huge success and to the eclected officials, NYPD, Departments of Parks, Sanitation & Transportation, sponsors and over 150 photographers and media who covered the event.
Stay tuned for the results of the Photo Contest and the community vote for the 2020 theme!
Dancer: Director Greg Miller at the 13th Annual Dance Parade 5/18/19, photo by Totally Cool ® Richard Renda
10,000 dancers lit up New York City!
Original art by ANDREA SELBY captured the Ribbon Cutting UNITY DANCE!
Artist Andrea Shelby's rendition of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony under the theme "Movement of the People" for the 13th Annual Dance Parade Saturday May 18th, 2019. Included in Shelby's original artwork is the Native American Unity Dance, an abstract of the Land Acknowledgment read by Dance Parade Curatorial Lead DJ McDonald. More of Selby's artwork can be viewed on her website www.andreaselbyart.com
and this original art can be purchased by writing email@example.com.
TEAM work made the DREAM work
Parade Production Lead Team Coordination Lead. Jamila Holman, Festival Coordination Lead
The fabulous Team Dance Parade, is made up of passionate lovers of dance who came out for 6 hours shifts to organize and represent. Everyone involved were eligible for a t-shirt, crew food and free entry to the After Party with DJ Jedeye Jaxx at Nublu.
Congratulations to the 4 Dance Parade and DanceFest Production Team raffle ticket winners: Rhina Valentin, Ella Holman, Seva Epstein and Sue Lee -- You all have
won a pair of tickets to the hit Broadway Musical, The Prom!
The Prom: "Big Broadway Stars. A Small Town. And a Love That Unites Them All."
Each year Dance Parade attracts hundreds of photographers of all ilks to capture the magic found when 100 unique styles of dance and cultures are all presented in the same place.
They love the energy, movement and color found among ancient cultures and highly ambitious artists. This year we will add a new category, “DanceFest” which follows the parade in Tompkins Square Park. For each category, Dance Parade and DanceFest, we will award 3 winners with Broadway show tickets, tshirts and other commemorative items!
photo credit: Mark Sklawer
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Fitting 100 Styles into 20 City Blocks
Photo by Nina Westervelt for The New York Times
By Siobhan Burke, May 21 2019
If you happened
to be walking down Broadway near 21st Street in Manhattan on Saturday,
you might have noticed some colorful pedestrians: a man in a floral top
hat; a woman in a billowing green robe; friends in bright dresses
braiding one another’s hair.
Final preparations were underway for the 13th annual Dance Parade,
which sends about 10,000 dancers spinning, leaping, stomping,
roller-skating, stilt walking, cartwheeling and otherwise grooving past
Union Square and through the East Village each spring.
Parade Inc., founded in 2007, is a nonprofit that brings educational
programs to schools and senior centers year-round. But its largest event
by far is this parade, which culminates in an afternoon of performances
at Tompkins Square Park. (Read more...)
Ruschell Boone from Spectrum News NY1 covers our COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS
This season Dance Parade provided 18 schools and community centers 10-20 week dance residencies through which participants learned a style of dance which they presented in the parade and festival.
to watch Spectrum News NY1's Ruschell Boone's coverage of Annette Dejesus's Salsa class at the Clearview Center in Bayside Queens and Sarah An's Hip-Hop class at PS34 in the East Village, Manhattan. In a Native American Seed Planting land acknowledgment ceremony, Sarah's class danced at the Campos Garden to honor the Lenape people, the original inhabitants of Manahatta which was what Manhattan was once called.
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 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
We dance for EMOTIONAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH.
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
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 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,
SUPPORT our Mission and get PERKS!
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 festival.
Photo credits: Yuyao Ling (left), Shireen Dickson (right)
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 to donate:
· Make check payable to “Dance Parade” and mail to:
789 Westminster Road, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Dance Parade New York is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization