“You don't stop dancing because you grow old,
you grow old because
you stop dancing!"
Gregory S. Jones)
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Chair)
Erik Bryan Slavin
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Darya Mars, Project Manager
Julian Sanjivan, Parade Production
Adele Godfrey, Parade Production
Janelle Issis, Parade Programming
Alan Wright, Grandstand
Gabriel Kutnik, Grandstand
Hal Lamster, Grandstand
Carlye Eckert, Education
Jamila Holman, Festival Production
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Mark Schmidt, Curatorial
Henya Emmer, Team Coordination
Jessii Parham, Team Coordination
Rebecca Myles, Media
Audrey Ross, Media
Doug Kolessar, Finance
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance (CPA)
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Jo Pinlac, 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)
Julian Sanjivan, (Co-Lead)
Adele Godfrey (Co-Lead)
Rhina Valentin (Emcee)
Jerry Goldman (Emcee)
Jamila Holman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Chair)
Emcee Donnie D'Amato (Main)
Emcee Jedeye Jaxx (Family)
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:
Want to Sponsor 2019? Contact Executive Director email@example.com for our 2019 Sponsorship Guide!
Happy February Everyone,
It may be cold outside but we have been moving with warmth in our hearts. Inspired by Dance Parade's 2019 Theme "MOVEMENT OF THE PEOPLE," a core team of two dozen Movers and Shakers are brewing up a feast of all things dance for our 13th Season!
In a country that is suffering from wall drama and xenaphobia, we've taken action to highlight the treasures that our immigrant artists bring to the streets of Manhattan. Come Saturday May 18th, Dance Parade will begin with a Native Amerian Indian ceremony to honor the first nation dancers that were here long before any ship arrived on these shores. Then, cutting the ribbon to unleash over 10,000 dancers down Broadway will be Grand Marshals:
Bill T. Jones, Baayork Lee, Louis Mofsie and DJ Dara!
To support the parade, we're hosting LIFT OFF March 2nd, a very special evening to kick off our 13th planning season, complete wtih DJs and artists from the parade. Come get a taste of Dance Parade magic.
Wish you some swing in your step!
CELEBRATE with us at our Season 13 Launch Party!
Dance Parade 2019 REGISTRATION
A Movement of the People is poignant recognition of the vital role dance serves for health and culture. In our 13th year, we continue to advocate for a
stronger dance community by including everyone: All cultures, foreign
and domestic, All ages, young to the eldery, All rhythms and styles, ballet to
In these times when our immigrant communities are vulnerable
and in need our support, our non-profit organization places artists in schools and community
centers. Then we celebrate diversity by coming together May 18th in the city's largest dance event to showcase over 80 unique styles of dance.
The ribbon is cut at 1pm on Broadway and 21st street, unleashing 10,000 dancers down through Union Square, University Place and across East 8th Street to our Grand Stand in Astor Plaza. Culminating at Avenue A, DanceFest runs from 3 to 7pm and caps the day off with 5 performance stages, dance teaser lessons and a dance party. Support this magnificent day of dance by joining the team,, donating, sponsoring a float
or dancing in the parade!
TEAM SPOTLIGHT: Meet JANELLE, a multi-talented dancer extraordinaire!
Dance Parade is a 501(c)3 non-profit supported by a passionate team of dance lovers. In this issue we put the team spotlight on Janelle Issis
I am currently the Dance Parade Programing Lead and have enjoyed working with everyone thus far!
NYSDEA Conference at Hunter College
Our Production team is looking forward to presenting Dance Parade at the New York State Dance Education Association (NYSDEA) at Hunter College this weekend!
Our Community Engagement Programs:
Serving older Americans through the joy and movement of dance.
dance artistry to instill a lifelong enthusiasm for physical fitness.
Cultural Residencies: Multi-week residencies focusing on culturally specific dance forms.
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
Photo credits: Peter Cai (left), Shireen Dickson (middle), Richard Renda (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
Here's how to donate:
· Make check payable to “Dance Parade” and mail to:
789 Westminster Road, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Get your Official 2019 T-Shirt!
Sport an official 13th Annual "Movement of the People" Dance Parade shirt in the parade or around your neighborhood -- This one of a kind momento comes in light blue and can be shipped directly to your home one month before the parade. Order one for you or you're whole team today while supplies last!
$25 + Shipping with 100% of proceeds to support Dance Parade, DanceFest and our Community Engagement programs.
Check out the Sizzlin 2019 PROMO VIDEO by Renegade Pix:
Dance Parade New York is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization