"We dance for laughter,
we dance for tears,
we dance for madness,
we dance for fears,
we dance for hopes,
we dance for screams,
we are the dancers,
we create the dreams."
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Chair)
Erik Bryan Slavin
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Henya Emmer, Parade Production
Janelle Issis, Parade Programming
Darya Mars, Project Manager
Alan Wright, Grandstand
Gabriel Kutnik, Grandstand
Carlye Eckert, Education
Jamila Holman, Festival Production
Sherrell Whitmore, Festival
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Jessii Parham, Team Coordination
Rebecca Myles, Media
Audrey Ross, Media
Doug Kowlessar, Finance
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance (CPA)
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
Bill T. Jones
Camille A. Brown
Mestre Joao Grande
Carmen de Lavallade
Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar
Baba Chuck Davis
“Billy Elliot” (Joseph Harrington)
Don Campbell "Campbellock"
Morocco (Carolina Varga Dinicu)
Henya Emmer (Production Lead)
Janelle Issis (Programming Lead)
Jamila Holman (Production Lead)
Sherrell Whitmore (Assistant Lead)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Chair)
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Doug Kowlessar (Chair)
Kaye Scholer LLP
Media & Promotions Team:
Nhadyr Reyes Cardenas
·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
our 2019 Sponsors and Partners:
The Dance Parade crew is back at it, collaborating on a 2020 theme--and you can help decide by voting in our poll! Don't miss the amazing photos from the winning photographers below or see an extended array on social media. Meanwhile our dance programs continue into Summer schools and events throughout New York.
May there be dance in your step!
Dancer: Director Greg Miller at the 13th Annual Dance Parade 5/18/19, photo by Totally Cool ® Richard Renda
VOTE for Dance Parade's 2020 THEME!
2019 Movement of the People 2014 Be The Momentum 2009 Live to Dance, Dance to Live
2018 The Cabaret of Life 2013 Unity through Dance 2008 May Feat
2017 Dance For Peace 2012 United We Dance Parade 2007 One Parade, Many Cultures
2016 Decade of Dance 2011 United We Dance
Over 70 photographers participated in this year's photography
contest. Five judges from the Dance Parade organization reviewed hundreds of photos within two categories, one for the parade and one for the festival. Cash, memorabilia and Broadway show tickets to the musical The Prom were awarded to the winners:
1st Place Winner (Parade Category): Miguel Chavez photo of the House of Yes
2nd Place Winner (Parade Category): Jorge Alonzo's shot of All Star Studios NYC
3rd Place Winner (Parade Category): Lai Wah Kong for this shot of RuDance Studios (Ballroom)
1st Place Winner (Festival Category): Bob Dea's Main Stage photo of Reshma Nair
2nd Place Winner (Festival Category): Linda Seid's photo of The I.S. 281 Dance Team
3rd Place Winner (Festival Category): Gefei Wang's photo of Xianix Barrera Flamenco
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 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
We dance for EMOTIONAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH.
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
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 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,
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.
Photo credits: Yuyao Ling (left), Shireen Dickson (right)
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:
455 FDR Drive, Suite B104, New York, NY 10002
Dance Parade New York is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization