Dance Quote of the Month:
"This search for what you want is like tracking something that doesn't want to be tracked. It takes time to get a dance right, to create something memorable"
- Fred Astaire
Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Shireen Dickson, 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'Matto, Web
Rebecca Myles, Media
Audrey Ross, Media
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance
Bianca Rodriguez, Finance
Victoria Behr, Legal
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Laura Rubin, Production
(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)
Disco Mike Park
Jamila Holeman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Lead)
Shireen Dickson (Chair)
Bianca Rodriguez (Chair)
Kaye Scholer LLP
·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
Once again, Dance Parade graciously acknowledges our 2015 Sponsors:
|75 Dance Cultures & Styles--No language needed to connect us in this
"DECADE OF DANCE"
Photo by Boss Tweed
Photo by Anwar Alomaisi
Kostume Kult Float, Dance Parade 2015
Photo by Richard Renda
Dance Parade is for EVERYONE! Watch the 2016 Preview Video on YouTube:
The 10th Annual Parade and Festival happens Saturday May 16, 2016 and it's time to get the word out for what will be the world's largest display of the diversity of dance!
Watch the parade from the Grandstand located at 8th Street & University place. Better yet, participate by expressing yourself along with more than 10,000 dancers, celebrating 75 unique styles of dance and culture!
On May 21st 2016, Dance Parade will explode down Broadway in the heart of Manhattan, sashay through Union Square and leap across Saint Marks Place.
Never seen before dance genres and choreography that highlight the human 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.
SEASON LAUNCH PARTY ANNOUNCED!
(And Group Coordinators Meeting)
Address: 48 West 21st Street (bet 5/6 Aves)
Date/Time: Sunday January 24, 2016 7-10pm
Purpose: Celebrate our big 10th Year anniversary. Parade group coordinators meet other members of the Dance Parade community
to "conspire to inspire" for collaboration and support! (Parade Group Coordinator's meeting start at 6pm).
DanceFest, after the Parade
parade culminates in Tompkins Square Park where DanceFest kicks off
unforgettable performances on five stages--with dance lessons, roaming
performers, experience dance booths and an epic dance party--all FREE to
House of Yes' Kae Burk and Eric Schmalenberger emcee as kids dance it up at the Aerial Stage in Tompkins Square Park.
Employing Dancers, Teachers and Engaging the Community!
|Dance Parade offers Community Engagement classes and performances throughout the year.
If your school, community or senior center is interested in one of our popular education programs, contact Shireen@danceparade.org or click here for our Community Engagement brochure.
Nov 2: Dance Parade saluted our veteran heros at the Veterans Hospital
in Northport, Long Island with a performance by Xianix Barrera/Sabor
Nov 23: Are you a Teaching Artist in the NYC area? We're looking to hire some for our Ageless Action Residencies January to June. Apply here before Nov 23rd!
Nov 30: Capping off
the month will be the 16th Annual Winter's Eve. Join Dance Parade Monday
November 30, 5:30-9pm in front of the Trump International Hotel in Columbus Circle, as we celebrate some of our artists on stage at
the city's largest holiday event!
Dance Parade presents these groups at The 16th Annual Winter's Eve Nov 30:
* Saung Budaya (Indonesian)
* Navatman (Classical Indian)
* Incallajta NY (Bolivian)
Genre Buzz - West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance with roots in
Lindy Hop. It is characterized
by a distinctive elastic look that
results from its basic
extension-compression technique of partner
connection, and is danced
primarily in a slotted area on the dance
floor. The dance allows for
both partners to improvise steps while
dancing together, putting West
Coast Swing in a short list of dances
that put a premium on
improvisation. Typically the follower walks into
new patterns traveling
forward on counts "1" and "2" of each basic
pattern, rather than
rocking back. Traditional figures include 6-count
and 8-count patterns
of one of the four basic varieties: (1) Starter
Step, (2) Side Pass,
(3) Push Break / Sugar Push, (4) Whip.
Alternatively the basic patterns in WCS are defined as: Sugar Push; Left
Side Pass; Right Side Pass; Tuck Turn; and Whip. Virtually all other
moves in WCS are variations of these basic patterns.The Anchor Step is a
common ending pattern of many West Coast Swing figures. [Read More]
Volunteer Spotlight - Meet Alicia Durity!
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!
Hey Alicia, 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 actually found it on Google. Haha! I wanted to do some volunteering, and I wanted to combine it with dance, so I Googled “dance” and “volunteering”, and Dance Parade came up. And now, this will be my second year working as a volunteer.
What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc?
Well, I’m on the steering committee again, and I have taken on the volunteer coordinator role this year.
Oh how Volunteering feels sooo good!
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, PR, Sponsorship and Development Professionals who love dance and diversity! Find out more and join the "Decade of Dance" 2016 Volunteer Team by clicking HERE!
Attention Dancers: Invitation to participate in Body Image Study
Seeking Females (>18 years) to participate in a study on dance and body perception who have participated in formal dance training in either Dancehall, Street (e.g. Hiphop, Breaking, House, Funk), Contemporary or Ballet or have never participated in formal dance training.
The study is an online questionnaire and will only take approximately 15-20 minutes.The study is conducted by Vilja Niitamo, a dancer and a fourth year psychology student from Abertay University, Dundee (UK) and this is for her final years research project.
If you are interested in taking part click here for the questionaire. If you would like some more information, in addition to what you have found on the website, please contact Vilja at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!