“Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, great dancers are great because of their passion.”
-- Martha Graham
1894 - 1991
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
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
Jessii Parham, 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
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
Mestre Joao Grande
Carmen de Lavallade
Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar
Baba Chuck Davis
“Billy Elliot” (Joseph Harrington)
Don Campbell "Campbellock"
Morocco (Carolina Varga Dinicu)
Jenny Bossiere (Co Lead)
Celia Kutcher (Co Lead)
Erik Bryan Slavin
Disco Mike Park
Jamila Holman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Chair)
Mark Schmidt (Curatorial Vice-Chair)
Donnie D'Amato (Emcee, Main)
Shireen Dickson (Emcee, Family)
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
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 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, Deputy Director Venus Melo and Kevin McClain (Citywide)
·NYC Dept of Sanitation Superintendent Thomas Lincoln
·NYC Dept of Transportation Event Coordinators Michael Callery, Ivory Henderson-Robb and G.I.S. / Events Coordinator Shuan Bruney
our 2017 Sponsors and Partners:
We're all set to dance strong tomorrow and honor our theme "DANCE FOR PEACE." This year, the passion literally translates into a movement celebrating peace, culture and a shared passion for dance in 80 unique forms of expression.
Huge thanks to the thousands of artists, djs, Pirate Ship builders, Salseras, Hoopers, Hustlers, Folkloric Divas, Burners, City workers, NYPD, NYDP, volunteers, media, and Team Dance Parade for all your support!
Saturday's forecast is PARTLY CLOUDY and 68 DEGREES--Perfect weather to shine in the streets. We kick everything off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:45pm at 21st Street and Broadway. Dances of Universal Peace bless us with sacred dances and then all 10,000 dancers will raise our hands in the air at 12:59pm in a minute of silence for all those who cannot dance with us. And at 1pm Grand Marshals Maurice Hines, Mestre Joao Grande, City
Council Member Rosie Mendez and Frankie Bones cut the ribbon as
thousands celebrate together in the largest dance event in New York
Can't join us? Watch us live on NTD.TV/Live
Grandstand viewing back in Astor Place will be especially fun this year with emcee Jerry Goldman and the Park Festival on 4 stages in the lush Tompkins Square Park with our Pirate Ship stage will be one like no other.
Lots of pics and details below and on our website. Be sure to join us after the park to keep the mojo going at the After Party,
the fundraiser with Frankie Bones and guest DJs that helps make it all possible.
Much love--See you tomorrow!
Dance Parade, Inc.
Dancers can still register for Dance Parade!
This is your invitation to join thousands of dancers as we explode down Broadway in the heart of
through Union Square and leap across Saint Mark's
Having 80 unique styles of dance will be the world's largest display of cultural diversity.
The theme "Dance for Peace" sets a positive and joyous tone as we kick off the parade with Dances of Universal Peace.
Never-seen-before dance genres and choreography that highlight the
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.
It's FREE to dance with one of the 167 dance groups. And all individual dancers with or without a dance group MUST register here!
Are you a group coordinator? Read the Paritcipant Guide to know how your order & step off time.
| "Dance For Peace"
Emcee Jerry Goldman
Artists: Manhattan Tribal (American Tribal), Photo by Peter Cai
Artists: Folk Dance Club - Kaleidoskope, Photo: Suzie Samuel
House Coalition, Photo by Glenmore Marshall
Proudly expressing Bolivia Culture, Photo: Don Lang
Look Mom I'm dancing on Broadway! Photo: Maria Guarriello
Passport To Taiwan, Photo: Peter Cai
Dance Parade presents DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park!
As nearly 10,000 dancers end the parade on Saint Marks and Avenue A,
DanceFest comes to life from 3 to 7pm with 4 stages, site specific
dances, workshops and a dance party -- All FREE to the public!
Main Stage (A): Free seats to see vinyettes of African, Indian, Hip-Hop, Voguing, Roller Disco, Polynesian, Hula and more!
Teaching Stage: Princess Lockerooo (BDC/Peridance, credit Maria Guarriello); How many of the 8 30minute teaser workshops can you do?!
Family Stage (B): See how our Community Engagement programs in schools and community centers look on stage Enjoy Chinese, Hip-Hop, Step and more!
True Mirrors comes to DanceFest: Come see yourself as never before – where you can see yourself without being backwards! Prepare to be
amazed as you see how beautiful you are when the Real You is reflected
back. For more info visit truemirror.com
Social Stage (C): Kostume Kult's Pirate Ship sails down Broadway and throws anchor at DanceFest's Social Stage -- House Coalition will kick it off with soulful classics followed by legendary DJ and 2017 Grand Marshal, legendary DJ Frankie Bones!
Want to share in the GLORY to make Dance Parade happen? VOLUNTEER THIS SATURDAY!
|In order to plan on 20,000 moving and grooving feet in the parade, we need lots of hands (personell). Volunteers get a cool Dance For Peace T-shirt and a pass to the Pizza party afterwards, along with legendary DJ Frankie Bones. To share in the fun of making the parade and festival happen, apply with the
brief volunteer form here!
You're from far away and your kid is in the parade? Watch it live on NTD TV! www.ntd.tv/live
Keep the good vibes going at the OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY at NUBLU,
62 Avenue C, just a few blocks from DanceFest!
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!
Serving older Americans through the joy and movement of dance.
dance to instill a lifelong enthusiasm for physical fitness.
Cultural Residencies: Multi-week residencies focusing on culturally specific dance forms.
PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST Announced!
|Each year Dance Parade attracts hundreds of photographers to
capture the magic found when 80 unique styles of dance and cultures are
all presented together. They love the energy, movement and
color found among ancient cultures and highly ambitious artists!
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
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
Here's 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 danceparade.org and pay by credit card (PayPal account not needed)
Click here to see a list of registered groups so far.