“If you look at a dancer in silence, his or her body will be the music.
If you turn the music on, that body will become an extension of what
―Judith Jamison, Dancing Spirit: An Autobiorgrpaphy
(photo by Andrew Eccles)
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Co-Chair)
Mahayana Landowne (Co-Chair)
Erik Bryan Slavin
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Jenny Boissiere, Parade Production
Celia Kutcher, Parade Production
Carlye Eckert, 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)
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:
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Happy Holidays Dance family!
We are so grateful for a stellar 11th year. Under the theme "Dance for Peace", Whirling Dervishes and the Dances of Universal Peace gave way to 10,000 dancers presenting 80 unique styles in the Dance Parade and DanceFest.
also achieved a massive victory. After collaborating with Council Member Rafael Espinal, The NYC Artists Coaltion, Dance Liberation Network and LegalizeDance.Org we successfully repealled the 1926 NYC Cabaret law! And NYC will soon anoint its first Nightlife Mayor because of those efforts.
The parade that began in protest of this licensing requirement for dance venues will now celebrate its 12th year with the theme "The Cabaret of Life". It will be a sweet celebration as we boogie down Broadway and salsa, sway and Irish step through the heart of Manhattan.
that's not all -- Schools and community centers get to have dance
education in all five boroughs which end with participation in the
parade May 19th.
Thank you -- here's to a great 2018!
The Get Down AND House of Yes Present: DATRIUM: New Year’s Day 2018
Tickets $10-20, Enter Promotional Code: DANCEPARADE for 20% discount!
An immersive revolution of art, mind, music, and movement.
NYC’s conscious and artistic communities are taking over the first
day of 2018 to co-create a revolutionary event that redefines how we
collaborate, communicate, connect, and express.
As a team of performers, educators, facilitators & catalysts, we
will generate an immersive, participatory environment that weaves
together live music, performance, DJ’s, yoga, embodiment, lecture,
kechak (monkey chant), poetry, dance, circus, visuals, and live
installation set in the theme of metamorphosis.
Meticulously curated with room for
highly spontaneous magic, this is a place where immersive theater meets
party, Circus arts meets TEDx, dance meets intellect, and art meets
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
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
· Pay by credit card (PayPal account not needed) HERE.
Dance Parade 2017, Photo credit: Suzie Samuel
We dance for cultural equity.
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 dance for emotional and physical health.
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.
We dance to educate and empower.
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.
We dance for freedom and peace.
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.
Our Charitable work to ENGAGE COMMUNITY
2018 Dance Programs:
We employ Teaching Artists at our programs in all five boroughs of New York City. Each program ended 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.
Genre Buzz: Morris Dancing from 1448 still strong in 2018!
Morris Dance is a form of British folk dance usually accompanied by
music. It is
based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of
choreographed figures by
a group of dancers. Implements such as
sticks, swords, handkerchiefs
and bells may also be wielded by the
dancers. In a small number of
dances for one or two men, steps are
performed near and across a pair of
clay tobacco pipes laid across each
other on the floor.
Claims that English
records, dating back to 1448, mention the morris
dance are open to
dispute. There is no mention of “morris” dancing
earlier than the late
15th century, although early records such as
Articles” mention sword dancing, guising and other
as well as mumming plays.
photo credit Peter Cai
In the past few years, the above Scottish Highlander all female ensemble Shot of Scotch
has graced the Dance Parade and have performed with us throughout the year.
Dance Parade 2017, Photo Credit: Suzie Samuel