STEPS! Dance Parade's Official E-Newsletter
  November 2015 Edition
Inside this Issue:
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

Share the Love of Dance!
Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
Nicola Creary
Jerry Goldman
Mahayana Landowne
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Steering Commitee:
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
Honorary Committee:
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
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 Waldish
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
David Koren
Anil Kumar
Joseph McElroy
Fred Shequine
Tasha Blank
Sponsorship Team:
Greg Miller
Mindy Kahn
Dawn Spalding
Nikki Creary
Phil Ribolow
Parade Production:
Adele Godfrey (Production Lead)
Laura Rubin
Sarah Elizabeth
Wolf Bukiet
Christine Hackett
Gabriel Kutik
Barbara Anglisz
Nick Cordua
Super Dan
Alicia Durity
Matti Bowen
Snehal Waghuld
Deborah Butler
Daniel Kahn
Suzie Sims-Fletcher
Disco Mike Park
Bobby Speakerwire
Marcia Monteiro
Peter Dolce
Chiling Weng
Donnie D'Amato
Sarah Hannah
Phil Ribolow
Festival Production:
Jamila Holeman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Lead)
Leslie Pieters
Ana Martinez
Donnie D'Amato
Nikki Creary
Marjorie Liebman
Mark Schmidt
Mariana Bekerman-Taglienti
Luis Vargas
Teddy Yohay
Educational Outreach
Shireen Dickson (Chair)
Kate Peila
Leslie Pieters
Bianca Rodriguez (Chair)
Natalya Grigoriev
Elizabeth Zaklama

Victoria Behr
Carmen Casado
Jerry Goldman
David Leventhal
Paul Llewellyn
Renee Kinsella
Kaye Scholer LLP
Greg Miller
Brian Austin
Jason Parrish
Taylor Swope
Izumi Jones
Hal Lamster
James Wurster
Amanda Alston
David Williams
Luis Vargas
Lawrence Capici
Joseph Laine
Media Team:
Rebecca Myles
Audrey Ross
Lucyna Scholossberg
Chauncey Danridge
Manchild Black
Camelia Flye
Shiela Jamison
Special thanks:
·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:




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75 Dance Cultures & Styles--No language needed to connect us in this
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. 

(And Group Coordinators Meeting)

Location:   Taj Lounge
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
The 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 the public.  
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.
Nov 2:  Dance Parade saluted our veteran heros at the Veterans Hospital in Northport, Long Island with a performance by Xianix Barrera/Sabor Flamenco.
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!
If your school, community or senior center is interested in one of our popular education programs, contact or click here for our Community Engagement brochure.
Sabor Flamenco
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

If you're not dancing in the parade, come watch in the GRANDSTAND
Space is limited.
On Saturday, 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 your camera--there's 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!
Dance Parade New York is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization         www.DanceParade.Org