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
Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
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
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
Carmen de Lavallade
Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar
Baba Chuck Davis
“Billy Elliot” (Joseph Harrington)
Don Campbell "Campbellock"
Morocco (Carolina Varga Dinicu)
Adele Godfrey (Production Lead)
Brittany Ann Grier
Disco Mike Park
Jamila Holeman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Lead)
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Brittany Ann Grier
Bianca Rodriguez (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 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
our 2016 Sponsors:
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
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,
Dance Parade, Inc.
ANNUAL SHOWCASE PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED!
|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.
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)
later this month, we will offer dance in Hudson Guild Fulton Center,
Fort Hamilton Senior Recreation Center and the Chelsea Recreation
If your school, community or senior center is interested in one of our popular education programs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for our Community Engagement brochure.
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
St. John’s Recreation Center (BK), Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (Bronx), Faber Recreation Center (StatenIsland), Hansborough Recreation Center (Harlem).
residencies focusing on culturally specific dance forms. IS 347 a
Middle School in Bushwick, Brooklyn has a matching grant offered by
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.
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.
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
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!