"I think a lot of times when people hear the word dance, they think 'oh, that's something that I can't do.' But dance really lives in our bodies and the thing that I've come to learn, embrace and lift up is that we have history in our bodies that's living and breathing. We have our own individual history but we also have our heritage. Each one of us has our movement language and it's about tapping into that and pulling that out. That's the thing that I try to encourage everybody because it's not about dance, it's about the movement and the gesture and how we honor it."
~ Camille A. Brown
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Co-Chair)
Mahayana Landowne (Co-Chair)
Erik Bryan Slavin
Greg Miller, Executive Director
David Sanders, Parade Production
Carlye Eckert, Education
John Dalton, Sponsorship
Jamila Holman, Festival Production
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Mark Schmidt, Curatorial
Hal Lamster, Web
Jacque Cohen, Volunteer Coordination
Rebecca Myles, Media
Doug Kollesar, Finance (CPA)
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance (CPA)
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)
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 2018 Sponsors and Partners:
Want to Sponsor 2018? Contact Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Finally the last day of Winter is upon us!
With the birth of a new season, we're thrilled to announce the 2018 Grand Marshals, a killer new video and a spankin new website.
Special offer for our STEPS! readers on the move for Season 12:
Use discount code "SEASON12" during our February Flash Sale for $12 off!!
|Earlybird Registration ending March 31st!
Photo Credit: Anna Massimino
Participate in the 12th Annual Dance Parade and Festival May 19th 2018! Last year we repealed the Cabaret Law. This year we celebrate "The Cabaret of Life!"
Over 10,000 dancers will be dancing on Broadway to over 80 styles of dance in the New York City's largest dance event. Bring your Classical Indian, African, EDM Viking Ship, Korean K-hop, Melbourne-Shuffle, Tango or Texas Two-Step--This is a participatory dance event like never before!
One of the best things in life is volunteering to make a difference -- And bringing dance to the streets, hearts and minds of New York City with a band of lolligagging movers and shakers is a funtastic way to do it -- Register to Volunteer here!
Come meet our core team this Wednesday March 28th as we make plans for our upcoming events:
Jefferson Market Library
425 Sixth Ave @10th St, NYC
South End Conference Room
Volunteer Spotlight - Meet NATASHA GRIGORIEV, a vouging CPA with FLAIR!
Each month, we highlight one of our fabulous volunteers.
How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I first got involved with Dance Parade as a Dance Parade participant in 2009. I met the production team at a Group Coordinator meeting at Dance Manhattan studio and I was enamoured by the organization's mission.
What's your involvement with dance?
I took my very first dance class back in 2006 when I was learning how to
dance the House style. I studied Modern, House, Vogue
and Waacking at Peridance Capazeio for several years.
What is your current role in Dance Parade?
My current role is to oversee Dance Parade's bookkeeping and accounting responsibilities for filing the taxes and charity bureau filings. I also offer discounted services for dancers in the Dance Parade community.
How can our readers get in touch with you for tax assistance?
Just send me a note to email@example.com!
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
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
· Pay by credit card (PayPal account not needed) HERE.
Photo Credit: Anthony Johnson; Artists: Jehan and BellyDance America
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.
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.
Photo Credit: Anthony Johnson