STEPS! Dance Parade New York's Official E-Newsletter
  May 18, 2018 Issue
Inside this Issue:

Share the Love of Dance!
Dance Quote:
Well it seems to me, that all real communities grow out of a shared confrontation with survival. Communities are not produced by sentiment or mere goodwill. They grow out of a shared struggle. Our situation in the desert is an incubator for community.
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Individuals who have learned to endure and persevere through the storms of hardships are those who can dance in the rain during a storm."
             ~ Ellen J. Barrier
harles Baudelaire
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The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.
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The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs. Charles Baudelaire
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The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs. Charles Baudelaire
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Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Co-Chair)
Mahayana Landowne (Co-Chair)
Michelle DeBlasi
Jerry Goldman
Nicola Creary
Kevin Farley
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Erik Bryan Slavin
Steering Commitee:
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Adele Godfrey, Parade Production
David Sanders, Parade Production
Carlye Eckert, Education
John Dalton, Floats Coordinator
Jamila Holman, Festival Production
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Mark Schmidt, Curatorial
Hal Lamster, Web, Grandstand
Jackie Cohen, Volunteer Coordination
Rebecca Myles, Media
Doug Kolessar, Finance
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance (CPA)
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Xi Zhu, China Committee
Honorary Committee:
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
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
Fred Shequine
Tasha Blank
Sponsorship Team:
Greg Miller
John Dalton
Nikki Creary
Phil Ribolow
Parade Production:
Adele Godfrey (Lead)
David Sanders
Katelyn McLeod  
Joanna Zannoni  
Hal Lamster
Kevin Farley
Doris Chavez
Alan Wright
Jessii Parham
SIlvia Martinez
Micahel Witt
John Dalton
Valerie Feit
Jerry Goldman
Rhina Valentin
Xi Zhu
Jianjun Xie
Dan Rosenstark
Daniel Kahn
Disco Mike Park
Bobby Speakerwire
Wandalynn Miftahi
Cheryl Gant
Phil Ribolow
Mekeshia Brown
Marjorie Liebman
Wandalynn Miftahi
Peter Vassilatos
Ollie Chase
Tim Golding
Jerry Goldman
Akil Davis
Alia Kubicek
Diane Dejesus
Claudia Lazo
Freddy Cosmo
J-Royce Jata
Alia Kubicek
Michael Fry
Rhina Valentin
Sharon Colchamino
Tatianna Bisono
Jamee Schleifer
Beatriz Cardo
Dayana Guerrero
Doris Martinez
Michael Witt
Miriam Ross
Festival Production:
Jamila Holman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Chair)
Mark Schmidt (Curatorial Vice-Chair)
Emcee Donnie D'Amato (Main)
Emcee Brian K. Austin (Main)
Emcee Fitz (Family)
Emcee Carlye Eckert (Family)
Emcee DJ McDonald (Family)
Micheal Frye (Social)
DJ Sweat
Shiela Jamison
Ben Vazquez
Ameca Holman
Bianca Rodriquez
Educational Outreach
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Valerie Feit
Caryn Cooper
Shireen Dickson
Leslie Pieters
Jamee Schliefer

Doug Kowlessar
Bianca Rodriguez
Natalya Grigoriev
Elizabeth Zaklama

Victoria Behr
Carmen Casado
Jerry Goldman
David Leventhal
Paul Llewellyn
Kaye Scholer LLP

Greg Miller
Brian Austin
Jason Parrish
Hal Lamster
Martha Ma
Sarah McGlaughlin
Amanda Alston
Luis Vargas
Media & Promotions Team:
Rebecca Myles
Audrey Ross
Teresa Bigelow
Chauncey Danridge
Michelle Deblassi
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 2018 Sponsors and Partners:


 Want to Sponsor 2019? Contact Executive Director for more information!
Tomorrow, Saturday May 19, we'll make history -- rain or shine -- as 10,000 dancers light up New York City with 83 Styles of dance! 
At 21st & Broadway, catch the ribbon cutting ceremony starting at 12:30pm, with all the advocates that have worked hard to repeal the 1926 Cabaret Law: Norman Siegel, Mercedes Ellington, Josephine Baker and performance by the Skin Dance Company. Then at 1pm, Grand Marshals Camille A. Brown, DJ Doc Martin, Council Member Rafael Espinal and Mickela Mallozzi cut the ribbon to kick off the day's theme, "The Cabaret of Life!"
Passing the Grandstand in Astor Place, Emcee's Jerry Goldman and Rhina Valentin add color to the already colorful display of culture and diversity. As the parade ends at Avenue A in Tompkins Square Park, DanceFest celebrates dance like never before. Pirate Ship DJs, Choreography on Main, Family and Aerial stages as well as dance lessons by the city's best teaching artists. And there's the Cabaret AfterLife Party too...Read on and feel joy...
Because it WON'T be a royal wedding - It WILL be a Unity through Dance!
Greg Miller
Executive Director 
WooWooWooWoo! NYDP DANCE POLICE, responding to the call to BOOGIE!!

Commissioner Chauncey and Lieutenant Jamee are back once again to lead the team of jolly officers ticketing "bystanders" for NOT dancing!  A parody of the Guiliani administration's actual Dance Police known then as the  "Cabaret Task Force" that fined and shuttered bars and clubs throughout New York City, our NYDP officers joyfully inspire dance throughout the parade and festival.   And YOU can too: Sign up to volunteer a six hour shift:
Parade A 9am - 3pm
Parade B 11am - 5pm
Festival B 2pm - 8pm
On a serious note, NYDP officer Jackie Cohen, our Sound Czar, will the Sound Patrol team with decibel readers to monitor ampified sound throughout the parade and festival.
In return for a shift distributing programs and tickets, NYDP officers (like our entire band of 150+ volunteers) receive a T-shirt, NYDP hat, free entry to our After Party with pizza and hugs galore!  For more info, check our website here.
(Also sign up if you just want to pitch in, support Dance Parade and DanceFest wearing a regular CABARET OF LIFE CREW shirt!)
SEE the Parade or DANCE in the Parade!
Don't let the rain stop you...Come out to watch or participate in the historic 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 83 styles of dance in New York City's largest dance event including Ballet, Ballroom, Hip-Hop, a Pirate Ship with masts & crows nests, Dominican, Scottish, Korean, Salsa, Indian, Chinese, Bulgarian, Hustle, Hula, Tibetan, Tango and so many more!! - this is a participatory dance event like never before! Dance along with your favorite music, dance style or support by getting tickets at the Grandstand in Astor Plaza:


As the parade ends at Avenue A and Saint Marks, DanceFest begins in Tompkins Square Park from 3-7pm!
Featuring choreographed performances, dance lessons, aerial and social dance – free to the public.  Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer presents awards to the Grand Marshals, honoring them for their contributions to the field of dance.  Five stages and site specific work throughout the park offer something for everybody including performances by culturally diverse participants from the parade and an opportunity to learn dance from the city's best dance teachers!
Keep the good vibes goin after DanceFest for the Official Afterparty just a block away!  Show your support for the entire day of free activities and grab a $10 Earlybird Ticket here.
Teamwork makes the DREAM WORK!
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!
Artists: Dancers presented by the New York Chinese Cultural Center -  Photo Credit Peter Cai    
Each year Dance Parade attracts hundreds of photographers of all ilks to capture the magic found when 80+ 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 t-shrits, tote bags and other commemorative items.  Read More / Enter Contest!


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.
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

Click image to watch our new 2018 Promo Video

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 will end in the May 19th 2018 Parade and Festival.
Ageless Action: 
Serving older Americans through the joy and movement of dance.  

Community Kinect:
Using dance to instill a lifelong enthusiasm for physical fitness.
Cultural Residencies: Multi-week residencies focusing on culturally specific dance forms.

If your school, community or senior center is interested in one of our popular education programs for the Winter or Spring, contact or click here for our Community Engagement brochure.



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...


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