STEPS! Dance Parade New York's Official E-Newsletter
November 16, 2018 Issue
Inside this Issue:

Share the Love of Dance!
Dance Quote:
“In a society that worships love, freedom, and beauty, dance is sacred. It is a prayer for the future, a remembrance of the past and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present.”

~Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
(photo of former Dance Parade Grand Marshal Savion Glover)
harles Baudelaire
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The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.
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The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs. Charles Baudelaire
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The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs. Charles Baudelaire
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Team 2018
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Chair)
Michelle DeBlasi
Jerry Goldman
Nicola Creary
Kevin Farley
Mahayana Landowne
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Erik Bryan Slavin
Steering Commitee:
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Adele Godfrey, Parade Production
David Sanders, Parade Production
Carlye Eckert, Education
John Dalton, Floats Coordinator
Jamila Holman, Festival Production
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Mark Schmidt, Curatorial
Hal Lamster, Web, Grandstand
Jackie Cohen, Volunteer Coordination
Rebecca Myles, Media
Doug Kolessar, Finance
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance (CPA)
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Xi Zhu, China Committee
Honorary Committee:
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
Camille A. Brown
Mickela Mallozzi
Rafael Espinal
Doc Martin
Maurice Hines
Frankie Bones
Mestre Joao Grande
Rosie Mendez
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 Wildish
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
Anil Kumar
Joseph McElroy
Tasha Blank
Sponsorship Team:
Greg Miller
Lauren Williams
John Dalton
Nikki Creary
Phil Ribolow
Parade Production:
Adele Godfrey (Lead)
Rhina Valentin (Emcee)
Jerry Goldman (Emcee)
David Sanders
Katelyn McLeod  
Joanna Zannoni  
Hal Lamster
Kevin Farley
Doris Chavez
Alan Wright
Jessii Parham
SIlvia Martinez
Micahel Witt
John Dalton
Valerie Feit
Xi Zhu
Jianjun Xie
Dan Rosenstark
Daniel Kahn
Disco Mike Park
Bobby Speakerwire
Wandalynn Miftahi
Cheryl Gant
Phil Ribolow
Mekeshia Brown
Marjorie Liebman
Wandalynn Miftahi
Peter Vassilatos
Ollie Chase
Tim Golding
Jerry Goldman
Akil Davis
Alia Kubicek
Diane Dejesus
Claudia Lazo
Freddy Cosmo
J-Royce Jata
Alia Kubicek
Michael Fry
Rhina Valentin
Sharon Colchamino
Tatianna Bisono
Jamee Schleifer
Beatriz Cardo
Dayana Guerrero
Doris Martinez
Michael Witt
Miriam Ross
Festival Production:
Jamila Holman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Chair)
Mark Schmidt (Curatorial Vice-Chair)
Emcee Donnie D'Amato (Main)
Emcee Brian K. Austin (Main)
Emcee Fitz (Family)
Emcee Carlye Eckert (Family)
Emcee DJ McDonald (Family)
Micheal Frye (Social)
DJ Sweat
Shiela Jamison
Ben Vazquez
Ameca Holman
Francisco Tavernes
Educational Outreach
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Valerie Feit
Caryn Cooper
Shireen Dickson
Leslie Pieters
Jamee Schliefer

Doug Kowlessar
Bianca Rodriguez
Natalya Grigoriev
Elizabeth Zaklama

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

Greg Miller
Brian Austin
Jason Parrish
Hal Lamster
Martha Ma
Sarah McGlaughlin
Amanda Alston
Luis Vargas
Mych Richardson
Media & Promotions Team:
Rebecca Myles
Audrey Ross
Teresa Bigelow
Chauncey Danridge
Michelle Deblassi
Kevin Farley
Shiela Jamison
Special thanks:
·New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
·NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo
·Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
·City Council Member Carolina Rivera
·NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Assistant Commissioner Kathleen Hughes and Program Officer Alana Dapena Fraiz
·Community Boards 2 and 3
·NYC & Co Foundation
·NYPD Lt Christopher Cheng and Sgt Patrick McGuire, 9th Precinct Det. Jaime Herandez
·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 (Citywide)
·NYC Dept of Sanitation Superintendent Joseph Signoril  
·NYC Dept of Transportation Event Coordinators Michael Callery, Ivory Henderson-Robb and G.I.S. / Events Coordinator Shuan Bruney
Dance Parade
graciously acknowledges
our 2018 Sponsors and Partners:


 Want to Sponsor 2019? Contact Executive Director for our 2019 Sponsorship Guide!
Hello Friends,
As we enter this season of thanks, we reflect on how dance can be a transformative vehicle--How it is a blessing that we have the ability to move, to move gracefully or to move artistically--just move. And that's only one reason why I'm so pleased to announce Dance Parade's 2019 theme "Movement of the People!" 
Hope to catch you after Thanksgiving for Winter's Eve.
Until then, here's to wishing you a very Happy Thanksgivig!
Greg Miller
Executive Director 
Dance Parade 2019 Registration: NOW OPEN!
A Movement of the People is poignant recognition of the vital role dance serves for health and culture. In our 13th year, we continue to advocate for a stronger dance community by including everyone: All cultures, foreign and domestic, All ages, young to the eldery, All rhythms and styles, ballet to breakdance.
In these times when our immigrant communities are vulnerable and in need our support, our non-profit organization places artists in schools and community centers. Then we celebrate diversity by coming together May 18th in the city's largest dance event to showcase over 80 unique styles of dance.
The ribbon is cut at 1pm on Broadway and 21st street, unleashing 10,000 dancers down through Union Square, University Place and across East 8th Street to our Grand Stand in Astor Plaza. Culminating at Avenue A, DanceFest runs from 3 to 7pm and caps the day off with 5 performance stages, dance teaser lessons and a dance party.  Support this magnificent day of dance by joining the team, donating,, sponsoring a float or dancing in the parade!

Dance Parade presents dance at WINTER'S EVE!
New York's largest holiday festival, Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, features free entertainment, family fun, outdoor food tastings and more, and begins with the Upper West Side’s tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park.  The event takes place in public spaces, in select indoor venues and along the sidewalks of Lincoln Square, the gateway to the Upper West Side, from Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle to 70th Street - in and around Broadway. Drop by our outdoor stage on Frey Plaza at 60th & Broadway as our own emcee Donnie D'Amato presents the dancers below!
See you in #lincolnsquareny! #holidayseason #nyc #upperwestside

Choreographed by Teri & Oliver Steele
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Red Silk Dancers
Chinese Ribbon dance
Choreographed by Margaret Yuen
Ajna Dance Company
choreography by
Manila Shaw
Fraternidad Folklorica Y Cultural Caporales Universitarios de San Simon Bloque NY
Bolivian Caporalas
Andrea Beeman: 

"The Enchantress of Bioluminosity" 




Our Charitable work to ENGAGE COMMUNITY
2018-2019 Community Engagement Programs:
We're set to place dozens of teaching and performing artists in schools, community centers & events throughout the city. All programs will end with signature participation in the May 18th parade and festival!
Ageless Action: 
Serving older Americans through the joy and movement of dance.  

Community Kinect:
Using dance artistry to instill a lifelong enthusiasm for physical fitness.
Cultural Residencies: Multi-week residencies focusing on culturally specific dance forms.


If your school, community or senior center is interested in one of our popular education programs for the Winter or Spring, contact or click here for our Community Engagement brochure

We represent all dances, including yours. Our 80+ unique dance styles are the world’s largest display of cultural diversity. We keep historical dances alive, like Armenian Folk dancing and Bolivian Caporales, and showcase new dance forms like Litefeet, Waacking and Brazillian Zouk. We unite cultures and generations, introducing teenagers to tango, clubbers to square-dancing, and seniors to hip-hop.
We send certified teaching artists to schools and community centers. Participants discover they can communicate vital feelings and ideas by dancing, and gain insight into other cultures. We support emerging dance groups by reaching broad audiences and document their artistry, which they use for fundraising and promotion.

Dance ​expresses identity – yours, mine, and ours together. Dancing rejuvenates our bodies and minds, motivates us, and we share joy. Dancers master new skills, personal and interpersonal, developing self-esteem and community pride. We put creativity in motion, with performances, classes, costumes, parade floats, and our Dance Police (NYDP) — who playfully ticket “bystanders” for not dancing.
Our root is social justice. Our rhythm is unity. In the 1800’s, ballroom dancing was deemed devil’s work. In the 1920’s, New York City enacted the Cabaret Law to stem interracial dancing in Harlem Jazz Clubs. Nazi Germany banned “anarchistic” Swing Dancing in the 1930’s. Even recently, in 2006, a New York State Supreme Court ruled that, unlike other forms of art, social dance was not a constitutionally protected form of expression. We stand for all dancers, including you.
We dance.


SUPPORT our Mission and get PERKS!
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 festival.
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 small.   

Here's how to donate:
   · Make check payable to “Dance Parade” and mail to:
     789 Westminster Road, Brooklyn, NY 11230
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Get your Official 2019 T-Shirt!
Sport an official 13th Annual "Movement of the People" Dance Parade shirt in the parade or around your neighborhood -- This one of a kind momento comes in light blue and can be shipped directly to your home one month before the parade. Order one for you or you're whole team today while supplies last!
$25 + Shipping with 100% of proceeds to support Dance Parade, DanceFest and our Community Engagement programs.



Check out the Sizzlin 2019 PROMO VIDEO by Renegade Pix:
Dance Parade New York is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization
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