STEPS! Dance Parade New York's Official E-Newsletter
        April 5, 2017 Edition
Inside this Issue:
Dance Quote:
 “If I can't dance, I don't want to be apart of your revolution"  
--Emma Goldman
1869 - 1940

Share the Love of Dance!

Non Profit Board of Directors:
Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
Nicola Creary
Valerie Feit
Jerry Goldman
Mahayana Landowne
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Steering Commitee:
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
Rebecca Myles, Media
Bianca Rodriguez, Finance Director
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Xi Zhu, China Committee
Honorary Committee:
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
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:
Jenny Bossiere (Co Lead)
Celia Kutcher (Co Lead)
Cristin Lafata
Grace Marinao
Jenn Converse
Erik Bryan Slavin
Gabriel Kutik
John Dalton
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
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)
DJ Sweat
Shiela Jamison
Ben Vazquez
Ameca Holman
Bianca Rodriquez
Donnie D'Amato (Emcee, Main)
Shireen Dickson (Emcee, Family)
Educational Outreach
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Valerie Feit
Caryn Cooper
Shireen Dickson
Leslie Pieters
Jamee Schliefer

Bianca Rodriguez (Chair)
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
Lawrence Capici
Media & Promotions Team:
Rebecca Myles
Teresa Bigelow
Chauncey Danridge
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 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 and Deputy Director Venus Melo
·NYC Dept of Sanitation Superintendent Thomas Lincoln
·NYC Dept of Transportation Event Coordinator Ivory Henderson-Robb and G.I.S. / Events Coordinator Shuan Bruney
Dance Parade
graciously acknowledges
our 2017 Sponsors and Partners:


Interested to sponsor
2017? Contact greg"at"
for more information!
Dear Friends,
Spring is here and so is our Showcase Gala!  Every year we curate this evening of unique dances from the parade to bring our community together in a special way.
On Sunday April 9th, we'll announce our much anticipated Grand Marshal celebrity lineup, present eight dance pieces and gather critical funding for the parade and festival.
The program curated by DJ McDonald is a menu of culture and dance in the intimate theater setting of Dixon Place that promises to delight your senses. Join as a "Dance Angel" or "Mover and Shaker" supporter in the VIP Mezzaine or buy a ticket for yourself or gift a friend for just 20 bucks!


Greg Miller
Executive Director
Dance Parade, Inc.

Registration DEADLINES Approaching!
Join thousands of dancers as we explode down Broadway in the heart of Manhattan, sashay through Union Square and leap across Saint Marks 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" will set a positive and joyous tone as we unify through our common passion for dance.
Never seen before dance genres and choreography that highlight the human 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. Scholarships are available until April 10th to waive registration fees and there's no fee to apply to participate at DanceFest (April 10th deadline as well)
Nearby NYC? Join us this Wednesday April 12 at 6:30pm for a Parade Group Coordinator's Meeting at 425 Sixth Ave, Ground Floor Conference Room.
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"

Photo Credit: Bob Dea

Photo Credit: Richard Renda
Click here to book discounted rooms!
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Meet Jenny Boissiere, Choreographer and Co-Parade Production Lead!

In each issue of STEPS, we feature one of our awesome volunteers.  Jenny Boissiere is down for the season to co-produce dance parade.  Jenny is also emcee'ing the Showcase Gala Sunday April 9th.
How did you first find out about Dance Parade?  
I really wanted to get involved with a local organization that supported and promoted dance throughout New York City. 
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?
I love watching Hip-hop and break dancers. I love the ways those styles embody music. Currently, I participate in contemporary/modern dance as well as contact improvisation.  
What is your dance background or interest in dance? 
I started dancing when I was 3 years old when my mom put me in my first creative movement class. In New Orleans I studied jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance. I received a BA in Dance from Washington University in St Louis

April is VOLUNTEER Month!
Not only are we planning for thousands to dance down Broadway, we're also gearing up for a 5 stage festival and are involved in productions and teaching programs throughout New York City. We organize it all with committees that are steered by twice monthly meetings. To join the fun, fill out the brief volunteer form here!
GENRE BUZZ: Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art hidden in dance! 
 In each issue of steps we feature a new genre that will be featured in Dance Parade. This time, it's Capoeira! 
We're thrilled to present The
New York Mindful Capoeira Center in the 11th Annual Dance

Dance Parade and Festival on May 20th and feature them in the Showcase Gala at Dixon Place Sunday April 9th.
Capoeira (Portuguese pronunciation: [kapuˈejɾɐ]) is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance,[1][2][3] acrobatics[4] and music.[5][6] It was developed in Brazil mainly by Angolans, at the beginning of the 16th century. It is known for its quick and complex maneuvers, predominantly using power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins and techniques.
The most widely accepted origin of the word capoeira comes from the Tupi words ka’a (“jungle”) e pûer (“it was”), referring to the areas of low vegetation in the Brazilian interior where fugitive slaves would hide. A practitioner of the art is called a capoeirista.  On 26th November 2014 capoeira was granted a special protected status as “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO.
Capoeira’s history begins with the beginning of African slavery in Brazil. Since the 16th century, Portuguese colonists began exporting slaves to their colonies, coming mainly from Angola. Brazil, with its vast territory, received most of the slaves, almost 40% of all slaves sent through the Atlantic Ocean. The early history of capoeira is still controversial, especially the period between the 16th century and the beginning of the 19th century, since historical documents were very scarce in Brazil at that time. But oral tradition, language, and evidence leaves little doubt about its Afro-Brazilian roots. Read More...
Article source: Wikiepdia)
Contribute to the CULTURAL PLAN...Take the CreateNYC Survey!

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs is seeking to understand the needs of the City’s cultural field.
Your input is important and will inform the recommendations for CreateNYC, the City’s first-ever cultural plan, currently underway.
Please fill out the Survey and share with other artists and cultural workers so they can do the same. All information collected will be kept anonymous.

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!
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.

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 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 we'll honor you for 2017: 

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 and pay by credit card (PayPal account not needed)
Photo Credit: Kaddy Tsang of Artists X-Dance (Hartford, CT)

108 Groups registered so far for 5/2017 presenting 53 unique styles of dance!

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