““Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.”
-- Oprah Winfrey
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
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:
Interested to sponsor
2017? Contact greg"at"danceparade.org
for more information!
We all know that walls create barriers, and immigration raids cause fear and chaos, traits we at Dance Parade seek to cast aside in just over three weeks with our annual Parade and Festival. That’s when thousands of dancers, from all strata of global culture, merge, mingle and move as one dance loving, peace loving family for a free, six hour celebration of dance in all its many forms.
We are pleased to announce our four Grand Marshals this year: Mestre João Grande, Maurice Hines, Frankie Bones and City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez who will kick off the parade with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:45 at 21st & Broadway launching this year's theme "Dance for Peace"
The Grand Marshals will kick things off with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:45pm on 21st & Broadway that celebrates our theme "Dance For Peace". Then, Dances of Universal Peace will lead the parade out with sacred music, dance and symbols from
throughout the world and throughout history.
Will you be one of the jubliant 10,000 dancers that get to dance with us all down Broadway? There's still time to register.
Let's do this-- Read on to particpate and catch up on what's happening with this historical movement!
Dance Parade, Inc.
Registration DEADLINES Approaching!
This is your invitation to join thousands of dancers as we explode down Broadway in the heart of
through Union Square and leap across Saint Mark's
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" sets a positive and joyous tone as we come together through our common passion for dance.
Never-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.
Participation with vehicles to transport your sound will be limited to 70 this year. Update your registration by April 30th. Ten Floats with advertising are arranged through our float committee. Reach out to John@DanceParade.Org to reserve a float while supplies last!
Have you registered a dance group but haven't been able to attend our Parade Group Coordinator meetings? Watch this video about logistics. Your participant guide will also be emailed to you by May 7th.
There is NO FEE for individual dancers. All individual dancers with or without a dance group MUST register here.
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"
Emcee Jerry Goldman
Photo Credit: Bob Dea
Photo Credit: Richard Renda
Click here to book discounted rooms!
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Xi Zhu, a Beautiful Balerina from China
What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc.?
My current role in Dance Parade, Inc. is Chair of China Committee. I
was astonished to find that due to language and culture barriers,
Chinese dance groups have much less engagement with this event as
compared to other communities in New York, even though many of them have
long histories and have made great contributions to the art and
education among the Chinese here. Hence I established China Committee to
promote this event to Chinese dancers and dance groups in New York, for
the hope that the speedy growing Chinese dance groups will merge into
the diversity of dance in the city, and in return, enrich themselves by
sharing and learning from other art forms and cultures.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? To participate in?
My favorite dance style to watch is ballet. Watching classical ballet
in a theater is full of sensational enjoyments, from spectacles,
orchestra, to the customs and dance itself. My favorite style to
participate is the more social and expressive Latin dance. Among which
the emotional Rumba and passionate Cha Cha are on top of my list.
Mark your calendars, for the ALL HANDS Meeting May 7th!
|In order to plan on 20,000 moving and grooving feet in the parade, we need lots of hands (personell). Volunteers get a cool Dance For Peace T-shirt and a pass to the Pizza party afterwards, along with legendary DJ Frankie Bones. To share in the glory of making the parade and festival happen, apply with the
brief volunteer form here!
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.
PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST Announced!
|Each year Dance Parade attracts hundreds of photographers to
capture the magic found when 80 unique styles of dance and cultures are
all presented together. They love the energy, movement and
color found among ancient cultures and highly ambitious artists!
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)
Photo Credit: Peter Cai
Click here to see a list of registered groups so far.