STEPS! Dance Parade's Official E-Newsletter
         April 1, 2016 Edition
Inside this Issue:
Our Dance Quote:

Portrait by Philippe de Champaine
"Learn to dance, or else the angels in heaven will not know what to do with you." 
-St. Augustine of Hippo

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:




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sponsor 2016?
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Hello friends of Dance Parade!
We’re pleased to announce that our 2016 Grand Marshals for the 10th Annual Dance Parade are GARTH FAGAN, KWIKSTEP AND ROKAFELLA!
Garth Fagan's career spans 55 years in contemporary dance including Tony Award-winning choreography for The Lion King.  "Kwikstep" aka DJ KS 360 is a seminal Street Dance Veteran and global DJ. And Rokafella is a pioneering B-Girl dancer and educator who defied what was thought to be a male-only art.
Please join us Sunday April 17th for our TASTE OF THE DANCE PARADE SHOWCASE GALA to see them in person and enjoy samples from the upcoming parade!
Wish you Spring in your steps,
Greg Miller
Executive Director
Dance Parade, Inc.


showcasing 51 unique dance styles. Join us at we set the world record
for the largest display of the dance diversity and culture!

4109 Dancers, 96 Organizations, 53 Unique Styles

Engaging The Community!
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)
 Starting later this month, we will offer dance in 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 (BK), 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


Genre Buzz: Limón Technique
Limón performing Mexican Suite in 1944. Photograph by Barbara Morgan.
José Limón was a great admirer of Doris Humphrey and his technique clearly reflects her teaching. Like Humphrey, his main goal was to express his personal relationship with the outside world through his movements in an organic manner. His technique was deeply influenced by Humphrey's ideas, for example, the "quality of body's weight”, which was represented with the fall and rebound. Also he was influenced by her "vocabulary of suspension and succession”.
Limón's technique is not codified, because he believed that a structured technique would limit creativity which was vital for his approach. His technique helped his students to find the unique personal qualities of their own movement. He was interested in expression through movement rather than in beautiful movement for its own sake. He used to say to his students "when you stop trying to be pretty ... you will be beautiful". He emphasized the exploration of movement in its natural form and in the expression of pure humanity. He motivated his students always to "strive for simplicity and clarity without extraneous movement, superfluous energy or unwanted tension that would interfere with the original intent." His dance represented a pure expression of emotion and passion, it was energetic, and it traveled and interacted through space.[Read More]

Volunteer Spotlight - Meet Carlye Eckert
In each issue of STEPS!, we choose a volunteer to spotlight. We ask them a few questions to explain the magic behind the Dance Parade experience.
Check out joining this amazing team and volunteering for 2016 by clicking here!
Hi Carlye, Thanks for taking the time to speak with us about your background and volunteering for Dance Parade!
How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I came across Dance Parade in the East Village. I sort of stumbled upon it in Tompkins Square Park. Haha! Then this past fall at Dance/NYC I saw that Dance Parade was looking for someone to take over their Community Engagement program that brings dance education to schools and community centers.

What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?
Hmm, my favorite style of dance? Well, I’m a contemporary modern dancer, so that’s probably one of my favorite styles. If I had to get really specific I would probably say Limón (after José Limón) or Cunningham (Merce Cunningham). I also really enjoy House and Salsa. Haha!

What is your dance background or interest in dance?
I’m a dancer. I’ve been dancing for twenty-six years. I went to Juilliard here in New York City. I’m a professional dancer and choreographer, and I currently dance with the Brian Brooks Moving Company.

What dance group or dance style are you most looking forward to seeing this coming year in the parade?
I’m most looking forward to seeing the flagging group called Spiral Effect. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing some flaggers. Haha!

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 looking for: Production, Marketing and Publicity Professionals who love dance in the preceeding 6 weeks before Parade and Festival day May 21st.  We will also seek folks to help out as "day of" volunteers and ask that you attend our all hands meetings May 2nd and May 14th.  Find out more and join the "Decade of Dance" 2016 Volunteer Team by clicking HERE! 

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