STEPS! Dance Parade New York's Official E-Newsletter
  October 31, 2017 Issue
Inside this Issue:

Share the Love of Dance!
Dance Quote:
"If you can't fly then run,
If you can't run then walk,
if you can't walk then crawl,
but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward"

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Co-Chair)
Mahayana Landowne (Co-Chair)
Jerry Goldman
Nicola Creary
Kevin Farley
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Erik Bryan Slavin
Steering Commitee:
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Jenny Boissiere, Parade Production
Celia Kutcher, Parade Production
Carlye Eckert, Education
Valerie Feit, 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
Honorary Committee:
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
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
Fred Shequine
Tasha Blank
Sponsorship Team:
Greg Miller
John Dalton
Nikki Creary
Phil Ribolow
Parade Production:
Jenny Bossiere (Co Lead)
Celia Kutcher (Co Lead) 
Cristin Lafata
Grace Marinao
Jenn Converse
Erik Bryan Slavin
Gabriel Kutik
John Dalton
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)
DJ Sweat
Shiela Jamison
Ben Vazquez
Ameca Holman
Bianca Rodriquez
Donnie D'Amato (Emcee, Main)
Shireen Dickson (Emcee, Family)
Educational Outreach
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Valerie Feit
Caryn Cooper
Shireen Dickson
Leslie Pieters
Jamee Schliefer

Bianca Rodriguez (Chair)
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
Media & Promotions Team:
Rebecca Myles
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 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
Dance Parade
graciously acknowledges
our 2017 Sponsors and Partners:


Want to Sponsor 2018? Contact Executive Director for more information!
It's Halloween but we don't have to be scared to dance anymore in New York City.
Today the City Council passed the bill to fully repeal the Cabaret Law which has surpressd dance and culture since 1926.
With our 2018 theme "The Cabaret of Life" we will honor our roots on how we began and celebrate the righting of a longstanding wrong.  Check our Wall Of Gratitude below whcih honors so many in this victory. Read our Press Release here and

Greg Miller
Executive Director
Dance Parade, Inc.


Wall of Gratitude:
THANK YOU Dancers & Dance Lovers!
There have been many dancers, lawyers, film makers, journalists, advocates and politicians that have worked to repeal the NYC Cabaret Law and we want to acknowledge them here with much gratitude and appreciation:
Firstly for this past year, we must give special thanks to Council Member Rafael Espinal for sponsoring the bill with support by Mayor de Blasio and their combined creation of Office of Nightlife, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl for executing Create NYC's cultural plan, Andrew Muchmore for his case in Federal Court, Dance Liberation Network, NYC Artists Coalition and LegalizeDance.Org for promoting and lobbying progressive City Council Members.
(Listed in order of their contributions.  Please excuse us of we missed you!)
  • Professor Paul Chevigny for your career long struggle, book and court challenges
  • Rev Jen Miller and the Dance Liberation Front - Watch their Hilarious video from the 1990's
  • Tricia Ramano, Reporter for The Village Voice
  • Eric Demby and crew of Legalize Dancing NYC
  • Metropolis in Motion: Jules Siff Zint, Mercury John, Mahayana Landowne, Tanya Elder, Stefanie Jones, Owen Rider, Aylen Doucette

Attention WEB DEVS: Dance Parade's Worldwide Website RFP is due Nov 15!
As Dance Parade plans to share its mission in other cities, both domestically and abroad, we have announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for website designers and developers.
The new design and website will be an interactive, mobile friendly and multi-lingual, making use of our high energy content.
A Bidder's Conference was held this past Friday, a summary of which along with details of the RFP are here.
For questions, please contact

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.
Ageless Action: 
Serving older Americans through the joy and movement of dance.  

Community Kinect:
Using dance 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, or click here for our Community Engagement brochure.

 VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT - Dave Leventhal, Floater and Father to Be

In each issue of STEPS! we highlight one of our awesome volunteers. This time, Dave Leventhal, owner of Lift / Next Level Floats,    gets the Spotlight!

Dave, thanks for taking the time to speak with us and congratulations on expecting your first child. When is the baby due?
Thanks -- My wife, Tori, and I are really excited. The baby’s due New Year’s Eve, and hopefully it’ll come by then so we can get the tax deduction!  I am the son of a CPA.
Haha, that's really funny.  How did you first find out about Dance Parade? 
I met you shortly after the first Dance Parade in 2007.  We would often see each other at Burning Man related events in New York, and doing 5Rhythms dynamic movement practice.  Dance Parade sounded to me like a great example example of participatory culture -- a concept of which I am passionate about.  I went in 2008 and was hooked!
What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc? 
I am proud to say that I serve on Dance Parade’s Board of Directors, and have since 2009.
What have you been doing when your not parading around with this non-profit?
 I practiced law for many years litigating class action suits and most recently got to put that behind me to realize my dream to open LIFT / NEXT LEVEL FLOATS floatation therapy center in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.  We will soon open our second location in Huntington, Long Island.

WINTER'S EVE - Dance Parade presents World Culture at NYC's largest holiday festival
Join us Monday, November 27 for the 18th Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square!
The festivities kick off at 5:30pm in Dante Park with Micky Dolenz of the Monkees headlining the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Dance Parade presents four Cultural Groups (click for video):
Enjoy all kinds of performers as we welcome the holiday season and light up the Upper West Side with an evening of music, food, dancing and fun for everyone. More Info

SUPPORT our Mission and Why We Dance
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, 1st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11230
  · Click on the Donate button from and pay by credit card (PayPal account not needed)

Here's Why We Dance:

We dance.

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.

We dance.
Photo credit: Mark Sklawer
Dance Parade New York is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization                                          DanceParade.Org