STEPS! Dance Parade's Official E-Newsletter
March 1, 2021 Issue
Inside this Issue:

Share the Love
of Dance!

Dance Quote:
“See the music,
hear the dance.”
— George Balanchine


Non-Profit Board of Directors:
Jerry Goldman (Chair)
Michelle DeBlasi
Shireen Dickson
Cheryl Fox
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Rifka Richter
Steering Commitee:
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Jamila Holman, Festival Production
Ali Coleman, Production
Red Hayes, Emcee
Henya Emmer, Parade Production
Robin Schatel, Grandstand
Janelle Issis, Social Media
Gabriel Kutnik, Grandstand
Carlye Eckert, Education
Mona Freeman, Curatorial
Sherrell Whitmore, Festival
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Rebecca Myles, Media
Audrey Ross, Media
Doug Kowlessar, Finance
Nosa Omoregie, Finance
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance (CPA)
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Joe Pinlac, Social Media
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Honorary Committee:
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
Lisa Lisa
Virginia Johnson
H.T Chen
Dian Dong
David Dorfman
Princess Lockerooo
Liquid Todd
Sarina Jain
Dr. Valerie Feit
Mahayana Landowne
David Leventhal
Kevin Farley
Erik Bryan Slavin
Bill T. Jones
Baayork Lee
Louis Mofsie
DJ Dara
Camille A. Brown
Mickela Mallozzi
Rafael Espinal
Doc Martin
Maurice Hines
Frankie Bones
Mestre Joao Grande
Rosie Mendez
Garth Fagan
Carmen de Lavallade
Robert Battle
Mary Verdi-Fletcher
Rekha Malhotra
Savion Glover
Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar
Hex Hector
Jacqulyn Buglisi
Baba Chuck Davis
Louie Vega
Ashley Tuttle
Elisa Monte
Bill Shannon
Trevor Hochman
Peter Zehren
Samir Bitar
Mel Alvarez
Jonathan Peters
Charles Reinhart
“Billy Elliot” (Joseph Harrington)
Kat Wildish
Amy Marshall
Jellybean Benitez
Elizabeth Zimmer
Ellenore Scott
Don Campbell "Campbellock"
Morocco (Carolina Varga Dinicu)
Luis Salgado
Kool Herc
Danny Tenaglia
Djoniba Mouflet

Advisory Board:
Jeanne Fleming
David Katz
Teddie Kern
Anil Kumar
Joseph McElroy
Tasha Blank
Sponsorship Team:
Greg Miller
Ali Coleman
DJ McDonald
Phil Ribolow
Parade Production:
Henya Emmer (Production Lead)
Janelle Issis (Programming Lead)
Robin Schatell (Grandstand Lead)
Meke Brown
Rhina Valentin
Jerry Goldman
Alan Wright 
Silvian Martinez
Zahidel Alvarado  
Frank Bator
Hal Lamster
Alan Wright
Gabriel Kutnik
Julia Johanson
May Kesler
Aaron Chase
Andrew Kemp
Bobby Speakerwire
Michelle Kirby
Carrie Hawks
Disco Mike Park
Wandalynn Miftahi
Alyssa Hampton
Daniel Kahn
Milly Rosario-Summers
Doris Martinez
Diane DeJesus
Phil Ribolow
Meke Brown
Zahidel Alvarado
Sharon Folkes
Zakeya Warren
Festival Production:
Jamila Holman (Production Lead)
Yeimis Aquino (Assistant Lead)
Mona Freeman (Curatorial Chair)
DJ McDonald
Paula Lederman
Eva Sol
Shannon Norman
Randall Hernandez
Sheila Jamison
Lorant Duzgun
Yolanda Edwards
Daniel Lee
Luis Rosas
Keith Porter
Johnathan Cedano
Ameca Holman
Franci Medrano
Alex Florencio
Jose Rivera
Edgar Vazquez
Jackie Cohen
Donnie D'Amato
Francisco Tavernes
Chinese Committee
Kate Xie (Co-Chair)
Justin Wei (Co-Chair)
Jie (Jessica) Feng
Yi Lu
Xie Zhu
Educational Outreach
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Jacque Colburn
Shireen Dickson
Jamee Schliefer

Doug Kowlessar
Nosa Omoregie
Natalya Grigoriev

Victoria Behr
Jerry Goldman
Paul Llewellyn
Kaye Scholer LLP

Greg Miller
Brian Austin
Jason Parrish
Rengim Mutevellioglu
Amanda Alston
Media & Promotions Team:
Rebecca Myles
Audrey Ross
Nhadyr Reyes Cardenas
Chauncey Dandridge
Josef Pinlac
Ali Coleman
Nic Holler
Kevin Farley
Shiela Jamison
Special thanks:
·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
Dance Parade
graciously acknowledges
our 2021 Sponsors and Partners:

Hello Friends of Dance!

We're thrilled to announce the 15th Annual "Virtual" Dance Parade Saturday, May 22nd 1PM EST. This free interactive dance festival features multiple stages in which participants can compete in dance battles, take lessons or experience a myriad of performances.  
Warm regards,
Greg Miller & Team Dance Parade


We're bringing back our popular Dare-to-Dance Challenge, an open call to choreographers to submit a video that creatively reflects our theme "Dance Brings Us Together!"

Dance Parade will present three videos in our Virtual Dance Parade Saturday May 22nd starting at 1pm. We invite choreographers of all genres to tap into your creativity to come up with a minute of dance movements with your professional dance company, club, or school.
Our goal is to inspire and challenge you to connect to your dancers who are in social isolation using video technology. Each dancer can shoot a phrase or use Zoom technology to create group movements. Thanks to the generosity of Nancy Steele of STEELE DANCE three cash prizes will be awarded. Submission deadline May 7th.

Paid Teaching & Performance Opportunities

Dance Parade is pleased to invite dance organizations to perform at the Annual Dance Parade and Festival online May 22nd from 1 to 4pm EST. Our five member Curation team will award contracts and stipends to applicants who can rehearse and present work on our online Whova platform.

This free event will offer a range participatory activities on our online "Whova" platform that integrates thousands of Zoom cameras on three stages: Social, Teaching and a Grandstand Performance stage.
Following a ribbon cutting ceremony, dancers of all traditions will be spotlighted in dance battles, kids dance, tutu jams and a Grandstand Show--Not dancing? The Dance Police gang is throwing down to light up zoom cameras far and wide.

Announcing our 2021 GRAND MARSHALS
Headlining the May 22, 2020 Virtual Parade are Grand Marshals who are accomplished in the field of dance:
Latina Pop Music Legend Lisa Lisa, Dance Theatre of Harlem Artistic Director Virginia Johnson and H.T. Chen and Dian Dong, founding directors of the Chen Dance Center!

"Each of this year's Grand Marshal's embodies positive persistence in the face of both the pandemic and longer term marginalization and white supremacist ideation in the culture as well as more immediate challenges such as real estate issues and a devastating fire," notes Dance Parade’s Grand Marshal Committee Chair, DJ McDonald. "Their presence as heralds of hope and love brings a special poignancy to the 15th annual Parade's celebration of re-emergence of dance as an activity and pursuit that brings us together. Alongside these artistic/love heroes we embrace a creative approach of awareness, sensitivity, inclusion and social justice in the nascent post-pandemic moment."
end with performances in the Virtual Parade!

Dance Parade’s Community Engagement Programs allow participants of all ages – from schools to community and senior centers – discover their own innate capacity for the communication of ideas, thoughts, and feelings through the medium of dance.
This year we're offering 13 virtual residencies throughout NYC and beyond.  Participants in Dance Parade’s Community Engagement Programs have the unique opportunity to culminate their programs in the annual parade.
Join us for our weekly two public classes on Zoom:
Tuesdays at 4pm-5pm EST: Joy of Salsa with Marlon Mills (adults)

Not seeing something that interests you?  Check back as our list of class offerings continues to grow!

If your school or community center is interested in one of our programs or if you are interested in becoming one of our Teaching Artists, contact our
Community Engagement Director Carlye Eckert at


If you are an individual artist or cultural worker in New York City in need of relief, please apply.
The application will close on Friday, March 5th at 9:00 p.m.


Dance Parade New York is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

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