“You look ridiculous if you dance. You look ridiculous if you don't dance. So you might as well dance.”
— Gertrude Stein,
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
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
Rebecca Myles, Media
Bianca Rodriguez, Finance Director
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
(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)
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)
Bianca Rodriguez (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 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
our 2017 Sponsors and Partners:
Interested to sponsor
2017? Contact greg"at"danceparade.org
for more information!
Dear Dance Parade family,
We're thrilled about Sunday's LIFT OFF event--the launch of our "DANCE FOR PEACE" campaign at the exotic Taj Lounge and hope you'll join us!
It'll be a great night with DJ
Ali Coleman's feel good soulful music along with six performance samplings from the Dance Parade--
folkloric to hip-hop, curated to light you up about Dance Parade's 11th
Grab a LIFT OFF ticket for just five bucks here--all proceeds go to the artists so grab a few!
Dance Parade, Inc.
Join thousands of dancers as we explode down Broadway in the heart of
through Union Square and leap across Saint Marks
Place. Once again our goal is to exceed 80 unique styles of dance and to be the world's largest display of cultural diversity. The theme "Dance for Peace" will set a positive and joyous tone as we unify through a common passion for dance.
seen before dance genres and choreography that highlight the
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.
Do you belong to a Modern dance company, Contra group, Salsa group, Ballet School or are an EDM DJ? Registering as a parade group is just $50 to move and groove before 75,000 live audience members and to be eligible for our Community Engagement programs in which we hire performaning groups and teaching artists througout the year. Scholarships are available to waive the fee and there's no fee to apply to participate at DanceFest.
Are you joining us from out of town? Save up to 55% on rooms via Dance Parade's exclusive offer on Hotel Engine!
| "Dance For Peace"
Xochipilli Mexican Dance
Photo Credit: Peter Cai
Texas Aggie Wranglers
Photo Credit Anna Massimino
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Join our 10,000 LIKE Campaign on
Help boost Dance Parade into the Stratashere with a little Facebook
We are a few hundred likes shy of our 10,000 goal.
"Invite friends to LIKE our Page" by clicking the image above and we'll
celebrate at LIFT OFF this Sunday!
Our Charitable work to ENGAGE COMMUNITY
2017 Dance Programs:
We employ Teaching Artists at our programs in all five boroughs of New York City. Each program ends 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.
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Caryn Cooper Makes Dance Happen!
the performances/dancers, and wanted to learn more. It was then, I was
curious and wanted to attend the parade. Am excited to return to LIFT OFF this Sunday after working the last few months as a volunteer!
What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc?
Join our PRODUCTION PLANNING Team!
|Not only are we planning for thousands to dance down Broadway, we're also gearing up for a 5 stage festival and are involved in productions and teaching programs throughout New York City. We organize it all with committees that are steered by twice monthly meetings. To join the fun, fill out the
brief volunteer form here!
In each issue of steps we feature a new genre that will be featured in
Dance Parade. This time, it's Litefeet!
Litefeet is a hip hop
freestyle genre from Harlem New York City that
was created out of
several party dances like the “Harlem Shake”, “Chicken Noodle Soup, the Tone
Whop, or Toe Wop and the Aunt Jackie. Moves often include; footwork,
popping, shuffling, hat tricks, and shoe tricks.
Dancers often perform as "Showtime" on Subways in New York City and in
Union Square. The dance has been embraced as a symbol of the urban
musical social scene of Harlem.
Litefeet is also the name of the music played along with the dance,
often fast-paced 100-BPM rap beats and drum kits. HANN, M-Lyve, Kid the
Wiz, Fliqht, BSN, Faro, AG the Voice of Harlem, DJ Webstar, and Young B
are some well-known Litefeet music producers.
(Article source: Wikiepdia and by Chrybaby Cozie)
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
Why we dance:
We dance for cultural equity.
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.
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.
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.
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 we'll honor you for 2017:
Dance Spirit: $50
· Your donation will be used
where it is needed most.
· Get mailed a personal thank
you letter from our Director that includes a receipt
letter for a 100% tax deductible donation
· Join in Dance Parade and have
a blast knowing you helped make the World’s largest
display of diverse cultures possible!
Mover & Shaker: $100
· All of the above and . . .
· Get a commemorative Dance For Peace refridgerator magnet
· Join us as our guest at the
February 26th Season Launch Party at the Taj
· Sponsor a Dance Organization
of your choice in the 11th Annual Dance Parade
· Recognition on our website as
a Mover & Shaker
Gifted Dancer: $150
· All of the above and . . .
· Get a commemorative Dance For Peace Tote bag
· Get a signed photograph with
the group you sponsor in the Parade
· Recognition on our website as
a Gifted Dancer
Dance Angel: $250 or more
· All of the above and . . .
· Complimentary admission to
the After Party
· Cosponsor a Diversity
Workshop in a New York City public school
· Get acknowledged by a
personal Tweet and post to our Facebook Page
· Recognition on our website
as a Dance Angel
· View the parade as our
guest in the Grandstand in Astor Plaza
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 danceparade.org and pay by credit card (PayPal account not needed)
Photo Credit: Don Lang