STEPS! the official e-newsletter of Dance Parade New York!   May 14, 2014
What Has Over 20,000 Legs And 20,000 Arms That Can Be Artistically Expressed In Over 75 Unique Ways?
The 8th Annual Dance Parade & Festival Makes Manhattan Move on Saturday, May 17th!
New York, May 17, 2014 – Over 10,000 dancers will participate in the Eighth Annual Dance Parade and Festival in New York on Saturday May 17th 2014, starting at 1:00pm - the world's largest display of dance diversity. Over 155 dance groups will showcase 77 dance styles and cultures down Broadway in a multi-cultural, rhythm-infused, magical display of movement, art and color.
The Parade unfolds as a vibrant procession of pageantry and movement embodying the cultural richness that New York reflects as a global dance city. Ancient styles such as African, Estonian, Japanese and Middle Eastern fall in with modern innovations such as tap, swing, contemporary, urban, social forms and hip-hop.
“There's an expression 'if it feels good, do it,' and dance feels good. You can see that in all the smiling faces from one culture to the next,” says Greg Miller, Executive Director of Dance Parade, Inc, the non-profit organization that produces the day’s events. "This year’s theme Be The Momentum is a call to action to celebrate a shared love of dance. We want to inspire folks to take on this fun and healthy activity.“
Cutting the ribbon this year at the start of the Parade will be the amazing Tony Award Winner, tap dancer marvel and choreographer, Savion Glover, Grammy award winning producer and DJ Hex Hector and Doris Duke Artist Award winner and artistic director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of the world renowned African diaspora dance company, Urban Bush Women.

"To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance."
- Aubrey Lynch
We appreciate your support!
Dance Parade Needs You!   
Volunteer Positions Are Still Available For Saturday, May 17th! Without the help of our dedicated volunteers, the parade and festival simply would not happen!

10,000 Dancers Showcasing 77 Styles Of Dance Down Broadway And East Into Tompkins Square Park!
The 2014 Order of the Parade Is Here!
The 8th Annual New York City Dance Parade Kicks Off at 21st Street  and Broadway at 1:00pm!  Colorful costumes from countless cultures and crisp choreography join beautifully crafted floats celebrating all things dance!  This year, the parade leads off with a Ukrainian group and bends and bows through over 75 unique styles of dance with a final crescendo from the internationally acclaimed club beats from Erick Morillo courtesy of Pacha.  
Catch Grand Marshals Savion Glover,  Jawole Zollar and Hex Hector on their own respective floats as we honor their individual contributions to the dance community.  You will see Burning Man style art cars and buses,  Bolivian Tinkus to Tap,  Brazilian Zouk to Zumba,  Waacking,  Korean, Contemporary, Japanese, African to Ballet and Breakdance and so much more.   Dance Parade has it all!
1 Iskra Ukranian Dance Ensemble Ukranian
2 Lei Pasifika Lotus Music & Dance Tahitian
3 Paul Taylor Teen Ensemble Modern
4 MIYABI Wind Japanese
6 NYC Dance Arts Afro house
7 Navatman Dance Indian Bharatnatyam
8 Fraternidad Cultural Pachamama Bolivian Tinkus
9 Dance for Life Jazz
10 NYC Bhangra Bhangra
11 Danse Sur le Rouge Contemporary
12 Fully Focused Dance Intensive Hip-hop
13 Aveia Dance Polynesian
14 Morenada Transpeco USA Bolivian Morenada
15 GRAND MARSHAL Jawole Jo Willa Zollar FLOAT Contemporary
16 TapUnity Tap
17 Chelsea Recreation Center African
18 Center of Lennox Hill Neighborhood House African
19 Fusha Dance Company African
20 Educational Alliance/Sirovich Center Step
21 Mazarte Mexican Carnival
22 Trinity Movement Choir Butoh
23 Manhattan Andaaz Bollywood
24 Eglevsky Ballet of Long Island Ballet
25 Syncopated City Dance Company Lindy Hop
26 Manhattan Tribal American Tribal
27 Marsha Parrilla Danza Organica Contemporary
28 Fraternidad Cultural Pasion Boliviana Bolivian Tinkus
29 BSTAR Music & Barbara Tucker “Queen of House Music” FLOAT House
30 Spiral Effect Flaggers
32 Connecticut Dance Center Hip-Hop
33 Seekers of Knowledge Inc Hip-Hop
34 Queens Dance Fusion Hip-Hop
35 Batala NYC afrobrazilian samba reggae Afro-Brazilian
36 The MarquisElite Group Jazz
37 Na Oiwi NYC Polynesian
38 Pink Tutu Ballet Ballet
39 Ballet Folklorico Xochiquetzal Mexican Carnival
40 Alma Boliviana Bolivian Tinkus
41 Medgar Evers College Prep Band Marching Band
42 Rick Longs Dancehall Explosion-Street Grooves Dance Class Jamaican Dancehall
43 Dancing Rubies Bellydance
44 Bellydance America – Jehans Bellydance Raks Stars Bellydance
45 Sabor – Columbia University Salsa
46 Shushi Armenian Dance Ensemble Armenian
47 Church of the Village Dance Ministries Liturgical
48 House of the Roses Creative Movement
49 Saung Budaya Indonesian
50 Princess Lockerooo Soul Train Waacking
51 Breaking Ground Dance Center Jazz
52 The Shakedown Funk
53 Jules Legacy Dancers Hip-Hop
54 Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama Modern
55 Syncopated City Dance Company Lindy-Hop
56 Swing Dancers Celebrate Frankie’s 100th Birthday FLOAT Swing
57 Blues dance NY Blues Dance
58 NY USA Dance Ballroom
59 Dance2HeartBeat NYC Kizomba
60 The Bridge for Dance Company Contemporary
61 PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) Bellydance
62 Moving for Life Aerobic
63 Ting Dance & Dancers (Taiwan) Contemporary
64 DPPS Democracy Prep Public Schools Korean
65 Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute Korean
66 World Dance Initiative – Karen Kriegel World Dance Korean
67 AS Ballet NY Ballet
68 Kat Wildish Ballet
69 Metropolidance Ballet
70 Kathakas Indian Kathak
71 Neville Dance Theatre Contemporary
72 92Y Harkness Dance Center International
73 Xianix Barrera & Sabor Flamenco Flamenco
74 Red Silk Dancers Chinese
75 Oasis Dream Dancers Bellydance
76 Caporales Centralistas San Miguel VA USA Caporales
77 Fraternidad Tinkus San Simon VA Bolivian Tinkus
78 Capoeira Brasil NYC Capoeira
79 Zouk Nation Brazilian Zouk
80 Vaydras Dance Fusion Zumba
81 Punk Rope Skip Hop
82 Something Untouchable Dance Company Acro Jazz Hip-Hop
83 Latin Dance Connection Hustle Dancers Hustle
84 Brooklyn International High School Dance Company Contemporary
85 Herencia Salsa
86 Yosakoi Dance Project – 10tecomai Japanese
87 High Definition Dance Hip-Hop
88 San Simon USA Caporales
89 Electric Daisy Carnival (BUS) Techno
90 The Blackbird Squaddron Hoopers
91 The Hoop Movement and Return to Roots Hoopers
92 Mortal Beasts & Deities Stilt Dance
93 5 Rhythms – FLOAT 5 Rhythms
94 TOAD Armada Tech House
95 Kostume Kult Burner Freestyle
96 Bluebyrd (BUS) Burner Dance
97 La Luz and HaRV Love Muscle Disco
98 Boom Trike Breakbeats
99 The Door Creative Movement
100 Fraternidad Folklorika y Cultural Universitarios de San Simon Bloque NY Caporales
101 Divas Beyond Belief Hip-Hop
102 Smoothskate Entertainment Rollerdisco
103 House Coalition “Funk Time”
104 Energy in the Middle Roller Disco
105 Body Roll Work Out Body Roll
106 Walk & Roll Creative Movement
107 Tecuanes Orgullo Acateco Mexican Carnival
108 Live Love Dance Salsa
109 Samba Freaks Samba
110 PS. 165 Edith K. Bergtraum Dance Company Jazz
111 Saare Vikat Estonian
112 Thrill the World FLOAT Micheal Jackson
113 Urban Dance League Hip-Hop
114 New York Music in Motion House
115 Meidu Belly Dance Orient Group Bellydance
116 Inner Spirit Dance Middle Eastern
117 Dancing Mindfulness Conscious Dance
118 Jo-me dance Contemporary
119 The MarquisElite Group Jazz
120 Tinkus Chaukas Filial VA USA Bolivian Tinkus
121 Cheer New York Cheerleading
122 The New York Raqs Sharqi All Stars Bellydance
123 Caporales San Simon NY Caporales
124 Tinkus Cochabamba VA USA Bolivian Tinkus
125 On-Site Dance Contemporary
126 Christ the King Catholic Secondary School/Ellison Travel and Tours Jazz
127 Jazzercise NYC Jazzercise
128 305 Fitness Aerobic
129 Caporales Universitarios San Simon Bloque NY Caporales
130 Caporales San Simon Virginia Caporales
131 Sol Dance Center Salsa-Bellydance
132 Sisters of Amal Bellydance
133 Murrowettes Cheer Team Cheerleading
134 Uptown Dance Academy Acro Jazz Hip-hop
135 Mother Glitter Earth Improv
136 Fraternidad Cultural Incallajta New York Bolivian Tinkus
137 Golden Hearts Dance Krewe Hip-Hop
138 Dream Makers Dance Studios Hip-Hop
139 Bollywood Dance Factory Bollywood
140 The Studio Brooklyn Various
141 Flash Mob Fitness Zumba
142 Erick Morrillo on the Pacha FLOAT House 
Special Thanks to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Member Rosie Mendez, Members of Community Board 3, Board Chair Gigi Li and District Manager Susan Stetzer and Arts & Cultural Affairs Task Force Chair Ricky Leung, NYC Parks and Recreation Department District Manager Robert McLean, Director of Special Events & Permits Claudia Pepe, Special Event Coordinator Venus Melo, District Supervisor Mark Schulz and Tompkins Square Park Manager Terese Flores, NYPD Lt Stissi and Sgt McGuire, NYC Department of Sanitation Superintendent Thomas Lincoln, NYC Department for the Aging, Department of Transportation Event Coordinator Ivory Henderson-Robb and G.I.S. / Events Coordinator Shaun Bruney, Putnam County Government, Dance Parade Board, Steering Committee and all of the volunteers of Team Dance Parade: We value your support and thank YOU!
DanceFest 2014 Lineup Announced!
4 Stages Of Performances Including Hex Hector, Barbara Tucker, Red Silk Dancers, Toad Armada, Free Dance Lessons From The City's Best Teachers & More!

"Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made."
- Ted Shawn

2014 DanceFest Program FREE to the Public!

Tompkins Square Park, the destination of the parade at Avenue A and Saint Marks Place, comes alive with choreographed performances, workshops and social dance–all free to the public. This year there will be a total of 4 stages of carefully curated expressions of dance: A Performance Stage, A Family Friendly Stage, Teaching Stage and Celebration Stage. Throughout the park you will stumble upon site-specific dance peformances, an Aerialist demonstration, a Live Swing Band Celebrating Frankie Manning's 100th, a circle of Experience Dance Booths including a live broadcast by WBAI FM, and more as well as an exciting outdoor discotech headlined by Grand Marshal Hex Hector in the Northeast Corner of the Park featuring a performance by Barbara Tucker and The House For The Homeless Choir!

Tompkins Square Park, Just below 10th street btwn Aves A & B

Celebration Stage (10th St & Avenue B)
Opening sets by House Coalition's DJ Curly & Brian Cox 3:00 pm
Jeannie Hopper 4:00 pm
Barbara Tucker with special guest House For The Homeless Choir 4:30 pm
2014 Grand Marshal DJ Hex Hector 5:30 pm
Beginner classes from some of the City's Best Teachers!
NYC Bhangra - Indian Bhangra 3:00 pm
Modern Suzanne Beahrs 3:30 pm
Jamaican Dancehall - Rick Long 4:00 pm
Salsa - Sabor 4:30 pm
Swing Dance - Frankie Manning Style! 5:00 pm
Waacking - Princess Lockerooo, Peridance 5:30 pm
Tap - Ben Nathan / TapUnity 6:00 pm
Hip-Hop - Ant Boogie, Broadway Dance Center 6:30 pm
Main Stage: Tompkins Square Park Old Band Shell 3-7 pm
Paul Taylor Teen Ensemble
Navatman Dance
Fully Focused Dance Intensive
Danse Sur Le Rouge
Mazarte Dance Group
Eglevsky Ballet of Long Island
Syncopated City Dance Company
Marsha Parrilla/Danza Organica
The Pink Tutu Ballet
Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
Grand Marshal Awards: Jawole Zollar (Urban Bush Women), Savion Glover & Hex Hector
Saung Budaya
Princess Lockerooo & Waack-Action Heroes
Na Oiwi NYC
Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama
Dance2Heartbeat NYC
Ting Dance & Dancers
American Swiss Ballet NY
The New York Raqs Sharqi All Stars
Neville Dance Theatre
Yosakoi Dance Project - 10tecomai
KTMDI - Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute
Xianix Barrera & Sabor Flamenco
Dancing Rubies
Red Silk Dancers
Sabor: Columbias First Latino Dance Troupe
Sol Dance Center
Blues Dance New York
Dance Manhattan
Jo-Me Dance
Shushi Armenian Dance Ensemble
Latin Dance Connection Hustle Dancers
Energy in the Middle
Family Stage (Entrance on 9th Street & Avenue A) 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Dance Parade's Community Engagement Program with Shireen Dickson
Ballet Folklorico Xochitquetzal
House of the Roses
Queens Dance Fusion
Hoboken Hip Hop
The Shakedown
Breaking Ground Dance Center
Lei Pasifika
Seekers Of Knowledge
Dance For Life
Jules Legacy Dancers
High Definition Dance
Manhattan Andaaz
Body Roll
Divas Beyond Belief
Swing Band Dance
Swing Dancers Celebrate Frankie Mannings 100th Birthday 6-7 pm
Site Specific! (Located around the Park)
New York Music In Motion
The Cocoon Project
BatalaNYC-AfroBrazilian Samba Reggae
Marni's Imagination On Ice
SkyBody Aerial Entertainment and Fitness
Spiral Effect
Thrill The World NYC
TOAD Armada
Manhattan Tribal
Volunteer Spotlight :
Meet Parade Producer Rifka
Dance Parade, Inc. is a volunteer supported non-profit organization! It is the dedication, expertise and rhythm of these brave few that are solely responsible for the success of the event and all the background work that goes on all year long leading up to the parade and festival. Every month, we choose a different volunteer to spotlight. We ask them a few questions to let you know who they are, where they’ve come from and where they see themselves in the future.  This month, we feature Rifka, this year's Parade Producer! 
Exclusive Mix By Grand Marshal DJ Hex Hector For AUDIO DANCE PARADE! 
Check out an exclusive Audio Dance Parade by 2014 Grand Marshal DJ Hex Hector!
Audio Dance Parade is a podcast series curated by our very own Chauncey featuring DJs from around the world as well as those who have and still participate in the parade year after year! Check out more mixes by subsribing to 'Audio Dance Parade' on iTunes or visiting our page on Podomatic here. Enjoy!  
Enter Our 2014 Photography Contest And
Become An Official Dance Parade Paparazzi! 
photo by Lawrence Parker, 2012 Photo Contest Winner
Announcing Our 2014 Dance Parade Photo Contest!
Dance Parade is one of the world's biggest stages for the type of cultural fusion, colorful costumes and unique choreography that would make any photographer, amateur or professional, jump for joy!
Interested in being an official Dance Parade paparazzi?
First, fill out our Press Pass Registration form here.
We will be holding a very special photography contest again this year and winning photographs will be featured in the first ever annual Dance Parade Photo Yearbook, a coffee table style art book that will be given out to high level donors and esteemed participants. More details to be revealed soon! 
Season 8 Highlights & Upcoming Appearances 
  • As of May 06, 2014:   6867 Dancers, 150 Organizations, 76 Unique Styles have registered! On May 17th, we are planning to have 10,000 dancers from those 150 Organizations dancing to over 75 unique styles of dance, making this the world's largest display of the diversity of dance ever! 
  • For a full list of groups who will be appearing in the parade click here   
  • Momz N Da Hood --  America's first breakdance group of mothers over 50 will be serving as officers of the New York Dance Police! 

  • What is the NYDP? - A group of 60 uniformed "NYDP" (New York City Dance Police) officers will be ticketing "bystanders" who are not moving or dancing.  The citations direct violators to go to a dance court listed on the reverse side. Dance Courts are coupons for free dance lessons.  Big Meet & Greet Scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd 5pm!  Read more...
  • WBAI - A 2 hour live broadcast featuring interviews from Dance Celebrities and Organizers of various styles of dance will air live from Tompkins Square Park from 4-6pm.   Check out WBAI website...
  • Dance Parade Honors Three Grand Marshals This Year :  Tony Award Winning Tap Dancer, Savion Glover, Founder and Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Grammy Award Winning DJ/Producer, Hex Hector. For more background on Dance Parade's Grand Marshals click here...
  • For Press Release, High Resolutions Photos and our Media Kit, click here
"When you are dancing with your partner,
 for that two and a half minutes,
you are in love with each other.
You’re corresponding with each other 
by the moves that you make.  
It’s a love affair, between you and your partner 
and the music.
You feel the music, you feel your partner,
 she feels you and she feels the music.
So there the three of you are together.
You’ve got a triangle, you know.
Which one do you love best?"
- Frankie Manning
Dance With Internationally Acclaimed DJ Erick Morillo Aboard Pacha Float Plus Official After Party Details!
Dance with Erick Morillo & Pacha NYC
in the annual NYC Dance Parade!
Erick Morillo will be at the helm of Pacha NYC’s Dance Parade float–leading a parade of dancers to celebrate electronic dance music – Subliminal style! And he wants YOU to join him!
The parade kicks off at 1PM at 22nd Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway with the house, techno, and disco floats taking you into the heart of the East Village. The annual event culminates with an eclectic DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park.   Those dancing with Pacha are to meet at 1:30 pm to start the festivities down Broadway at 2:00 pm and add the finishing touches to a beautiful day as the final float in the parade!
Register to dance with Pacha! The parade is open to all ages and custom Pacha goodies will be handed out! REGISTER HERE
Join us later at Pacha for the Official Dance Parade Afterparty with Erick Morillo!  Click for tickets
Join our team for a celebratory drink along with DJs from House Coalition and Blackbird Skuadron!
This ain’t no Easter Parade. The Dance Parade makes its way through the streets of NYC today, with Chairman of the Board Erick Morillo leading the way! Expect floats, costumes, go-go boys, girls and everything in between. But we're not done yet. The Subliminal head honcho moves the party to Pacha tonight, for a celebration of the foundation of everything that makes nightclubs great – and, as a wise woman once said, the vertical expression of a horizontal desire. #ERICKSBACK! Saturday May 17th, the chairman of the board Erick Morillo returns to Pacha NYC!


Dance Parade Important Dates, Deadlines & FAQs

- Join A Dance Group in the Parade  Click for more info
- Who Are Our 2014 Grand Marshals?  Click for more info
- Who's Performing In The Parade This Year?  Click for full list of participants
- Where Does The Parade Start?  Click for route
- Where Does The Parade End?  Click for DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park
- What Is Our Community Engagement Program?  Click to learn more
- Become A Volunteer!  Click here to join the team

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