STEPS! Dance Parade's Official E-Newsletter
         April 28, 2016 Edition
Inside this Issue:
Dance Quote:

"Healing is movement. Disease is inertia. If you put the body in motion, you will change."
~Gabrielle Roth

Share the Love of Dance!

Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
Nicola Creary
Jerry Goldman
Mahayana Landowne
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Steering Commitee:
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Carlye Eckert, Education
Adele Godfrey, Parade Production
Sarah Elizabeth, Parade Group Liaison
Alciia Durity, Volunteer Coordination
Jamila Holeman, Festival Production
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Mark Schmidt, Curatorial
Hal Lamster, Web
Donnie D'Amato, Web
Rebecca Myles, Media
Audrey Ross, Media
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance
Bianca Rodriguez, Finance
Howard Gibbs-Hobgood, Volunteers
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Laura Rubin, Production
Renee Krivine, Government
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 Waldish
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
David Koren
Anil Kumar
Joseph McElroy
Fred Shequine
Tasha Blank
Sponsorship Team:
Greg Miller
Mindy Kahn
Dawn Spalding
Nikki Creary
Phil Ribolow
Parade Production:
Adele Godfrey (Production Lead)
Laura Rubin
Sarah Elizabeth
Cristin Lafata
Leslie Pieters
Jocelyn Winslow
Brittany Ann Grier
Christine Hackett
Gabriel Kutik
Super Dan
Alicia Durity
Matti Bowen
Snehal Waghuld
Deborah Butler
Daniel Kahn
Suzie Sims-Fletcher
Disco Mike Park
Bobby Speakerwire
Marcia Monteiro
Peter Dolce
Chiling Weng
Sarah Hannah
Phil Ribolow
Festival Production:
Jamila Holeman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Lead)
Ana Martinez
Donnie D'Amato
Nikki Creary
Marjorie Liebman
Mark Schmidt
Mariana Bekerman-Taglienti
Luis Vargas
Teddy Yohay
Educational Outreach
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Brittany Ann Grier
Shireen Dickson
Leslie Pieters

Bianca Rodriguez (Chair)
Natalya Grigoriev
Elizabeth Zaklama

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

Greg Miller
Brian Austin
Jason Parrish
Izumi Jones
Hal Lamster
James Wurster
Amanda Alston
Luis Vargas
Lawrence Capici
Joseph Laine
Media & Promotions Team:
Rebecca Myles
Audrey Ross
Lucyna Scholossberg
Lawrence Capici
Chauncey Danridge
Camelia Flye
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 LaFroscia
·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, Mark Schultz 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 2016 Sponsors:




Dear friends,
New York's been called a "Tale of Two Cities" but Dance Parade is bringing people together in an unprecedented way! 
World cultures from Bolivia, Ireland, Korea, Africa and Indonesia are joining dance styles you've seen before: Ballet, break dance, hip-hop and  ballroom with the exotic ones you haven't: Burners, 5 Rhythms, Waacking, Kizomba, Mallakamba and so many more are now registered to make our big 10th year unforgettable.
Saturday May 21st, we celebrate Diversity with over 75 unique styles of dance on the streets of NYC! Three Grand Marhals lead thousands of dancers down Broadway: Tony award winning choregorapher Garth Fagan, Bessie Award winning street dancer "Kwikstep" and legendaary B-Girl pioneer "Rokafella" (press release here)
Join us to keep dance alive in NYC by coming to the Parade meeting tomorrow or tune in to the Liquid Sound Lounge show Saturday at 7pm. Jeannie Hopper will be interviewing the Grand Marshals live on WBAI 99.5fm and you can hear first hand how Adele Godfrey is producing the parade as a wonderful community and participatory event.
Getting pumped!
Greg Miller
Executive Director
Dance Parade, Inc.

showcasing 67 unique dance styles. Join us at we set the world record
for the largest display of the dance diversity and culture!
One of the coolest ways to be in the Dance Parade is on a Parade float!  Our production team led by Adele Godfrey is now working with Parade Group Coordinators to create a beautifully decorated float, fully loaded sound system, making it all super easy to be ready upon arrival at the parade formation at 21st Street and Broadway! The deadline to order a float or register a vehicle is April 30th. Email or join our 6pm Coordinators Meeting Friday April 29th to learn how you can score one! (280 Broadway, entrance at 53 Chambers)
Up to 10 floats will be featured in 2016 and some of them are: 
<= 5 RHYTHMS FLOAT:  Bringing the conscious movement practice of Gabriel Roth's 5 Rhythms (Flow, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness) to the heart of Manhattan. Click here to check out their Crowdfunding Campaign HERE!
Also make sure you join them in one of our FREE classes at DanceFest!
iNa Oiwi is a cultural education & advocacy group based in New York City. The purpose of this hui is to bring together Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians), Hawaii natives and other like-minded people to celebrate our culture as well as that of other indigenous groups. Hear their story and help them gather to dance in NYC HERE.
<= HOUSE COALITION FLOAT:   No parade group has had more floats in the Dance Parade than this group. Vibrant with color, packed full of baloons, this will band of hundreds of dancers now how to shake it. Check out there Campaign HERE.
EXPG FLOAT: EXPG is the first and only dance studio in the world to focus exclusively on street dance styles. The instructors are world-renowned teachers, with experience spanning from international celebrities to worldwide competition championships.
For the past 10 years Akim has been researching and doing theatrical presentations called the Urban Tea Ceremony, a mergance of Japanese traditions with elements of classic Hip Hop culture. This performance will take place in an imaginary Tea house with an international cast of musicians and dancers. For the past 5 years he has  attended the Dance Parade but never on a float. Check out Akim's campaign for a float by clicking HERE!
 For the past 5 years Shuang Wen school math teacher Kevin Yuhas has an after-school dance class with a focus on the elements of the original hip-hop styles. Let's help this deserving group get a float by clicking HERE!
 Using dance exercise for health, Moving For Life's Therapeutic dance has been a solid presence in Dance Parade for many years. We congratulate Moving for Life's non-profit 501(c)(3) status and are supporting their GoFundMe campaign for a float -- And you should too!
For more info on floats email

Dance Parade is pleased to announce plans to bring back our beloved friends, The Lady Buggies!  They say Lady Bugs bring luck and that is just what was needed this year to solve some of our vehicle and mobile sound logistics in the 10th Annual Parade Saturday May 21st.  Available for hire, these re-engineered golf carts come fully equipped with nightclub quality sound system and can be rented to provide sound for dance organizations in the parade!

Engagement 3 types of dance education programs in all 5 NYC boroughs that all end with participation in the 10th Annual Dance Parade and DanceFest in May.

Ageless Action: 
Serving older Americans through the joy and movement of dance. Click here to learn how to take free belly dance classes at the senior  center in Corona, Queens (111th St, English & Spanish)
Dance classes are now offered at Hudson Guild Fulton Center, Fort Hamilton Senior Recreation Center and the Chelsea Recreation Center.
Community Kinect:
Using dance to instill a life long enthusiasm for physical fitness. In partnership with the NYC Department of Recreation, we will be offering 10 week programs at Recreation Facilities in under-resourced neighborhoods:

St. John’s Recreation Center (Brooklyn), Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (Bronx), Faber Recreation Center (StatenIsland), Hansborough Recreation Center (Harlem).
Cultural Residencies: 
Multi-week residencies focusing on culturally specific dance forms.  IS 347 a Middle School in Bushwick, Brooklyn has a matching grant offered by Gratitude NYC,
CLICK HERE to help them get African dance and Hip-Hop into their school.
Complete details of all Programs
are live on our website HERE.
If your school, community or senior center is interested in one of our popular education programs, contact or click here for our Community Engagement brochure.
SU-CASA Agless Action

Community Kinect Workshop

           Community Kinect Residency

Cultural Residency, IS 347

VOLUNTEER with our team to inspire dance!
Volunteers at DanceFest 2015

There's something about pitching in to make the world more wonderful that is so nourishing and our volunteers all can tell you it feels great to help out.  Ever wonder how you market and develop a mulitcultural dance extravaganza for an audience of thousands and make New York City rejoice? 

We are seeking folks to help out as "day of" volunteers and ask that you attend our all hands meetings May 1st 6pm and May 14th 6pm.  Find out more and join the "Decade of Dance" 2016 Volunteer Team by clicking HERE! 

  • Sunday May 1st at 6-8pm – Volunteer All Hands Meeting at Gibney Dance Center 280 Broadway, entrance at 53 Chambers
  • Saturday May 14th 4-6pm – Volunteer All Hands Meeting at Gibney Dance Center 280 Broadway – Studio D, entrance at 53 Chambers

If you're not dancing in the parade, come watch in the GRANDSTAND
Space is limited.
On Saturday, May 21 2016 get the best seat on the parade route as 10,000 dancers stop and perform in front of this year's Grandstand!  Watch 150 dance organizations be announced by our Emcee as they dance their way to Tompkins Square Park for DanceFest 2016. Bring your camera--there's no other event quite like this one!
$60 and $100 Grandstand tickets support the production of Dance Parade and DanceFest. $35 Earlybird tickets still available!


SUPPORT The Parade, Festival & Community Engagement Programs!
In this season of gratitude, we invite you to make a donation and help create memories that can last a lifetime!  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we rely on generous donors to make our the Parade, Festival and Dance Education programs possible.

Click here to pitch in with a 100% tax-deductible donation--Any amount will help and we appreciate your support - Thank you so very much!

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