STEPS! Dance Parade New York's Official E-Newsletter
April 25, 2019 Issue
Inside this Issue:

Share the Love of Dance!

Dance Quote:

"To dance, put your hand on your heart and listen to the sound of your soul."
-- Luigi (1925 – 2015)
 (former Dance Parade 2008 Grand Marshal)


Team 2019
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Chair)
Michelle DeBlasi
Jerry Goldman
Nicola Creary
Shireen Dickson
Kevin Farley
Mahayana Landowne
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Erik Bryan Slavin
Steering Commitee:
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Darya Mars, Project Manager
Julian Sanjivan, Parade Production
Adele Godfrey, Parade Production
Janelle Issis, Parade Programming
Alan Wright, Grandstand
Gabriel Kutnik, Grandstand
Carlye Eckert, Education
Jamila Holman, Festival Production
Sherrell Whitmore, Festival
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Henya Emmer, Team Coordination
Jessii Parham, Team Coordination
Rebecca Myles, Media
Audrey Ross, Media
Doug Kolessar, Finance
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance (CPA)
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Honorary Committee:
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
Bill T. Jones
Baayork Lee
Louis Mofsie
DJ Dara
Camille A. Brown
Mickela Mallozzi
Rafael Espinal
Doc Martin
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
Tasha Blank
Sponsorship Team:
Greg Miller
Lauren Williams
DJ McDonald
John Dalton
Nikki Creary
Phil Ribolow
Parade Production:
Julian Sanjivan, (Lead)
Adele Godfrey
Janelle Issis
Meke Brown
Rhina Valentin
Jerry Goldman
David Sanders
Alan Wright 
Silvian Martinez
Zahidel Alvarado  
Frank Bator
Hal Lamster
Alan Wright
Gabriel Kutnik
Julia Johanson
May Kesler
Aaron Chase
Carrie Hawks
Wandalynn Miftahi
Alyssa Hampton
Daniel Kahn
Diane DeJesus
Phil Ribolow
Meke Brown
Sharon Folkes
Zakeya Warren
Festival Production:
Jamila Holman (Production Lead)
Sherrell Whitmore (Assistant Lead)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Chair)
Mona Freeman
Paula Lederman
Eva Sol
Shannon Norman
Sheila Jamison
Lorant Duzgun
Keith Porter
Johnathan Cedano
Ameca Holman
Franci Medrano
Alex Florencio
Jose Rivera
Jackie Cohen
Donnie D'Amato
Francisco Tavernes
Educational Outreach
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Jacque Colburn
Caryn Cooper
Shireen Dickson
Jamee Schliefer

Doug Kowlessar (Chair)
Darya Mars
Natalya Grigoriev
Elizabeth Zaklama

Victoria Behr
Carmen Casado
Jerry Goldman
David Leventhal
Paul Llewellyn
Kaye Scholer LLP

Greg Miller
Alan Wright
Brian Austin
Jason Parrish
Media & Promotions Team:
Rebecca Myles
Audrey Ross
Nhadyr Reyes Cardenas
Chauncey Dandridge
Josef Pinlac
Ali Coleman
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 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
Dance Parade
graciously acknowledges
our 2019 Sponsors and Partners:


 Want to Sponsor 2019? Contact Executive Director for our 2019 Sponsorship Guide!
Dear Friends,
Dancing together on a grand scale creates something special. It's not just an endorphined-influenced sense of joy - there's actually some remarkable research (and a really cool video) about something called Collective Effervescence which scientists believe shapes society and culture.
For Dance Paraders it explains what happens when 10,000 dancers, live bands, djs, UFOs and a Pirate Ship corral for The 13th Annual Dance Parade & DanceFest.  And it's less than three weeks away!
Have you signed up to dance or watch from the Grandstand?  Read on to get the deets!
Greg Miller
Executive Director 
Dance Parade 2019 REGISTRATION
The deadline for organizations to register is April 30th, just a few days away. If you're an individual dancer you can register right up until Parade Day May 18th.  There are over 100 groups in the parade who invite you to join them with the 5Rhythms, Burner Freestyle, Chinese Classical, Hiporette, Caribbean, Ballroom, Stilt dance, Bolivian Caporales, Salsa, Mexican Folkloric just to name a few. So far, there's a whopping 100 unqiue styles of dance represented.
At 21st Street & Broadway, a Native American Circle Dance will kick off the festivities and Grand Marshals Bill T. Jones, Bayoork Lee, Louis Mofsie and DJ Dara will cut the ribbon at 1pm, unleashing 10,000 dancers down through Union Square, University Place and across East 8th Street to our Grand Stand in Astor Plaza. Culminating at Avenue A, DanceFest runs from 3 to 7pm and caps the day off with 5 performance stages, dance teaser lessons and a dance party.  Support this magnificent day of dance by joining the team, donating, sponsoring a float or dancing in the parade or presenting work at DanceFest!
Or want to be a part of the DP Street Team? Come join us Sunday and win tickets to the Prom on Broadway or to a special screening of the upcoming Disney film, Aladdin!

Get your GRANDSTAND Tickets!
By getting Grandstand Tickets you'll be getting more than getting the best seat for the biggest dance event in the city--As 100% of the ticket proceeds go to support the parade, festival and our education programs, you'll be supporting the artist's equity, inclusion and diversity, our core values!
The Grandstand is located in the intersection of 8th Street and 4th Avenue, just slight East of Astor Plaza (a stone's throw away from the N, R, 6 Subways and 10minute walk to DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park after the Parade!).  Don't delay, these tickets will sell out!
And then DANCEFEST follows the Parade!

As the parade ends at Avenue A and Saint Marks, DanceFest begins from 3-7pm on five stages and in site specific location all around Tompkins Square Park!
Featuring choreographed performances, dance lessons, aerial and social dance – free to the public.  There's something for everyone including performances by culturally diverse participants from the parade and an opportunity to learn dance from the city's best dance teachers!

VOLUNTEER Spotlight--Meet MONA FREEMAN, DanceFest Curation Committee


In each issue of STEPS we catch up with one of our team members to find out more about their lives and involvement with Dance Parade.
How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I saw a posting on LinkedIN last year and was intrigued by the idea of a dance parade.
I love to create, direct and produce crowd pleasing entertainment and this seemed like a good match.
I sent a connection request to Greg Miller, the Executive Director of the nonprofit that produces Dance Parade, stating that I wanted to know more about the Dance Parade. However, I was not able to be a part of it in 2018. This season, when the volunteer committee was looking for people to join, I answered the call!

What is your current role in Dance Parade New York?
I am on the Curation Committee, planning the Dance Festival which will take place in Tompkins Square Park following the parade. I am currently watching through videos of dance performances to decide where they will be placed in the festival. I will then be coordinating the groups who will be presented on the family stage. The family stage will be presenting most of the groups that are made up of youngsters. I have previously presented dozens of performances with a cast of hundreds of children as young as three years old through teens.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?
Musical Theater and Ballet. When I began my dance training, I was influenced by the Broadway show A Chorus Line and the movie The Turning Point. I’ve studied numerous forms of dance, but ballet is what keeps me coming back because there is always something new to achieve.

Engaging COMMUNITY: Lenape Corn to be planted with our Community Engagement Schools
2018-2019 Community Engagement Programs:
Each year our performance, workshops and dance residencies are brought to more and more schools and community centers throughout New York City. All residency programs will end with signature participation in the May 18th parade and festival!
A special seed planting will be held on May 5th at 3:30pm with PS34's Breaking Class at the 3 Sisters Garden on East 12th Street between Avenues C and D. A similar ceremony will take place with Sabine Heubusch's Hip-Hop class at Tompkins Square Middle School. For details email
Ageless Action: 
Serving older Americans through the joy and movement of dance. In addition to the Ft Hamilton Brooklyn Senior Center, Ageless Action is offered to the SU-CASA creative aging programs in Parkchester Bronx, Bayside Queens,

Community Kinect:
Using dance artistry to instill a lifelong enthusiasm for physical fitness. Through a partnership with the NYC Parks and Recreation Department, dance is being offered to the Chelsea Manhattan, Ft Hamilton Brooklyn and The Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center, Rego Park Queens.
Cultural Residencies: Multi-week residencies focusing on culturally specific dance forms. This year, Community Engagement Liaison Jacque Colburn has enabled two East Village schools to "make their debut on Broadway" PS 34 - Franklin D. Roosevelt and The East Village Community as well as IS238 Susan B. Anthony School in Hollis, Queens.


If your school, community or senior center is interested in one of our popular education programs for the Winter or Spring, contact or click here for our Community Engagement brochure


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 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.

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.
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.


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:
     789 Westminster Road, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Get your Official 2019 T-Shirt!


Sport an official 13th Annual "Movement of the People" Dance Parade shirt in the parade or around your neighborhood -- This one of a kind momento comes in light blue and can be shipped directly to your home one month before the parade. Order one for you or you're whole team today while supplies last!

$25 + Shipping with 100% of proceeds to support Dance Parade, DanceFest and our Community Engagement programs.
Check out our 2019 PROMO VIDEO by Renegade Pix:
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