'Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.'  
~Ted Shawn

Planning The 6th Annual Dance Parade and Festival has already begun but as the event gets bigger and bigger, more and more help is needed to make it a success.
Click here to find out ways in which you can help
Dance Parade is looking for a few good men and women to join the force...the New York Dance Police!

Members of the NYDP peruse the crowd and issue out summonses to those not enjoying themselves,  standing still and looking like they're simply not having a good time!   Enforcing positive energy and sheer fun is the mantra of the NYDP and local dance companies and schools have offered discount passes and coupons for free classes in which we disguise as 'citations' promoting our annual parade and festival.

To join the New York Dance Police please email for more information.   

Thank you to our sponsors.  If not for them...Dance Parade would not exist!
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Check out the newest episode of Audio Dance Parade by San Francisco
DJ Guy Ruben on Podomatic.  Interested in submitting a mix of your own?   Contact curator for submission guidelines!
Dance Parade presents at Winter's Eve in Lincoln Square Monday, November 28th

Dance Parade is proud to announce that it has been chosen to provid e additional entertainment for the Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square!

On Monday, November 28, 2011 the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and presenting sponsor Time Warner will host the Twelfth Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square – New York City’s largest holiday festival! Winter’s Eve kicks off with a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony and features free entertainment, food tastings, in-store activities and shopping around and about this colorful and vibrant neighborhood.

Dance Parade will provide the following entertainment from 6 to 9pm between 62nd and 65th streets:

*Incallajta New York (Bolivian Tinku Dance)
*Manhattan Samba (Brazilian Samba Band)
*New York City Stilt Walkers
*NYC Bhangra (Asian Indian Bhangra Dance)
Stores, restaurants, cultural organizations and public spaces in the district will be buzzing with activities for both children and adults. At the same time, sidewalks along Broadway from Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle to 68th Street will be alive with performers, street musicians, jugglers, stilt-walkers and more, making for a festive fun-filled stroll through the streets of this dynamic Upper West Side neighborhood.

WHEN: Monday, November 28, 2011, 5:30 PM, Rain, Snow or Shine!

WHERE: The celebration begins with a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park at Broadway& 63rd Street and continues along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street.

BY SUBWAY: Take the 1, A, B, C, or D train to 59th Street/Columbus Circle or the 1 train to 66th Street and Broadway.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please go to:, call 212.581.3774 or email to learn how to get involved.

Admission to Winter’s Eve is free, but consider bringing a gently used or new coat of any size to Broadway and 63rd Street to help keep local children and families warm this winter and support the New York Cares Coat Drive. New York Cares especially needs children’s coats and large men’s coats this season to help those in need citywide.
Dance Parade NYC on TV!
Tune in to  Eyewitness News Sunday Morning to watch Dance Parade present Incallajta New York (pictured) live on WABC TV Sunday morning November 27th at 7:40am!  The news program will feature the Christmas Tree in Lincoln Square that will be lit the following night…on "Winter's Eve", New York City’s largest holiday festival!   Winter’s Eve kicks off with a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony and features free entertainmentfood tastingsin-store activities and shopping around and about this colorful and vibrant neighborhood.
Genre Buzz :
Bolivian Tinku Dance
Tinku Dance, an Andean tradition, began as a form of ritualistic combat.  It is native to the northern region of Potosí in Bolivia.  In the language of Quechua, the word “tinku” means encounter.  In the language of Aymara "tinku" means physical attack.
The Tinku is always present in the major festivals and parades of Bolivia. During this ritual, men and women from different communities will meet and begin the festivities by dancing, drinking, and fighting an to honor the Pachamama and to ask for a bountiful harvest.  read more...
Volunteer Spotlight :
April Newman
"The excitement in the air, and the joy on the faces of the dancers..."

Dance Parade, Inc. is a volunteer supported non-profit organization! It is the dedication, expertise and rhythm of these brave few that are solely responsible for the success of the event and all the background work that goes on all year long leading up to the parade and festival. Every month, we choose a different volunteer to spotlight.   We ask them a few questions to let you know who they are, where they’ve come from and where they see themselves in the future.
 How did you first stumble upon Dance Parade?
I re-located to live in NYC three years ago.  I was fascinated by the fact that NYC had so many official parades.  Just like a child I love parades and festivals.  Mid winter I went online to see the dates, and types of parades to be held so that I could set a schedule for my Summer.  I noticed a “Dance Parade” on the agenda.  The more I researched dance parade the more I loved the concept, and…..I decided to become involved as volunteer in 2010 and have loved it ever since!

What is your current role in Dance Parade?
I am a parade group liaison under the “production” coordinator LA Kilpatrick.
Editor's Note (LA is having a production meeting Friday December 9th at 6pm, email her at if you'd like to join!)

What is your favorite style of dance to watch?  I like the people that dance and twirl the flags before the marching bands.  Perhaps it is called cheerleading.    To participate in?  Personally I love free style dancing to the oldies of rhythm, blues, and soul. 

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