STEPS! Dance Parade's Official E-Newsletter
  May 2015 Edition
Inside this Issue:
Dance Quote of the Month:

“Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing.
It’s the rhythm of your life.
It’s the expression in time
  and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.”
— Jacques D'Amboise

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Team Dance Parade:
Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
Natasha Blank
Nicola Creary
Jerry Goldman
Mahayana Landowne
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Steering Commitee:
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Shireen Dickson, Education
Kate Peila, Education
Adele Godfrey, Parade Production
Sarah Elizabeth, Parade Group Liaison
Rifka Richter, Parade Production
Jamila Holeman, Festival Production
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Hal Lamster, Web
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance
Bianca Rodriguez, Finance
Victoria Behr, Legal
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Susan Pinsky, Government Liaison
Honorary Committee:
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
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 Waldish
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
David Koren
Anil Kumar
Joseph McElroy
Fred Shequine

Parade Production:
Adele Godfrey (Production Lead)
Sarah Elizabeth (Group Liaison Lead)
Barbara Anglisz
Nick Cordua
Alicia Durity
Matti Bowen
Snehal Waghuld
Deborah Butler
Daniel Kahn
Suzie Sims-Fletcher
Disco Mike Park
Bobby Speakerwire
Marcia Monteiro
Peter Dolce
Chiling Weng
Donnie D'Amato
Sarah Hannah
Phil Ribolow
Festival Production:
Jamila Holeman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Lead)
Leslie Pieters
Ana Martinez
Donnie D'Amato
Mel Alvarez
Marjorie Liebman
Mark Schmidt
Mariana Bekerman-Taglienti
Luis Vargas
Teddy Yohay
Educational Outreach
Shireen Dickson (Chair)
Kate Peila
Leslie Pieters
Bianca Rodriguez (Chair)
Natalya Grigoriev
Alicia Durity
Elizabeth Zaklama

Victoria Behr
Carmen Casado
Jerry Goldman
David Leventhal
Paul Llewellyn
Renee Kinsella
Kaye Scholer LLP
Greg Miller
Chauncey Dandridge
Brian Austin
Jason Parrish
Taylor Swope
Izumi Jones
Hal Lamster
James Wurster
Amanda Alston
David Williams
Luis Vargas
Lawrence Capici
Joseph Laine
Manchild Black
Public Relations:
Rebecca Myles
Camelia Flye
Shiela Jamison
Special thanks:
·New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
·NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo
·Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer
·City Council Member Rosie Mendez
·NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl
·NYC & Co Foundation
·NYPD Lt Christopher Stissi and Sgt Patrick McGuire
·NYC Department for the Aging
·New York State Council on the Arts
·Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
·NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs Sarah Van Anden
·NYC Parks & Recreation Director Claudia Peppi, District Supervisor Robert McLean, Mark Schultz, Coordinator Venus Melo and Tompkins Sq Park Manager Terese Flores
·NYC Dept of Sanitation Superintendent Thomas Lincoln
·NYC Dept of Transportation Event Coordinator Ivory Henderson-Robb and G.I.S. / Events Coordinator Shuan Bruney
·Putnam County Government
·New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
·NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo
·Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer
·City Council Member Rosie Mendez
·NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl
·NYC & Co Foundation
·NYPD Lt Christopher Stissi and Sgt Patrick McGuire
·NYC Department for the Aging
·Community Board 3 Chair Gigi Li
·Community Board 3 District   Manager Susan Stetzer
·Community Board 3 Arts and Culture Subcommitte Members
·New York State Council on the Arts
·Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
·NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs Sarah Van Anden
·NYC Parks & Recreation Director Claudia Peppi, District Supervisor Robert McLean, Mark Schultz, Coordinator Venus Melo and Tompkins Sq Park Manager Terese Flores
·NYC Dept of Sanitation Superintendent Thomas Lincoln
·NYC Dept of Transportation Event Coordinator Ivory Henderson-Robb and G.I.S. / Events Coordinator Shuan Bruney
·Putnam County Government
Dance Parade graciously acknowledges our Sponsors:





10 Days - The Countdown Begins!
Jules Legacy Dancers
Photo by Roman Vail

Photo by Maria Guarriella
Photo by Janet Remouns

join as an individual with one of 145 groups already signed up! (Email for registration issues)
Dance Parade is for EVERYONE! Watch the 2015 Preview Video on YouTube:
Saturday May 16th -- In just 10 days, thousands are getting ready for the world's largest display of the diversity of dance!

The theme for the 9th Annual Dance Parade and Festival is Live Free and Dance! 
This is a paticipatory event to express yourself along with more than 10,000 dancers, celebrating 75 styles of dance and culture!

Dance Parade will explode down Broadway in the heart of Manhattan, sashay through Union Square and leap across Saint Marks Place!

So far 6,462 dancers are gearing up to present 74 unique styles of dance!
Register a group or as an individual before May 7th and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the hit Broadway Musical On The Town!
                   “The best dancing on Broadway.”
                - Ben Brantley of The New York Times
Come see why ON THE TOWN has been nominated for 4 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical Revival! Featuring eye-popping sets and gorgeous costumes, ON THE TOWN has "a rapturous and red-blooded score" (Daily News) by Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story), one of America's greatest composers, brilliantly played by a 28-piece orchestra – the biggest on Broadway.
***Calling All Volunteers***  Join in the glory of producing a passionate event!
Volunteers get the highly sought after "Crew" T-shirt and free admission to the After Party at nublu!
Location:   Ripley Grier Studios
Address:    520 Eighth Avenue (bet 36/37 Streets) Room 17B
Date/Time: Saturday May 9th, 11:00am - 12:15pm
Needed:     Pre-registration as a volunteer [here]
Purpose:    Learn about the flow of events on Dance Parade Day and how we organize over 10,000 dancers in a fun and orderly way.  Meet other members of the Dance Parade Community and "conspire to inspire!"
Not in NYC? You can watch our meeting live from any country around the world by joining our Google Hangout Video Conference starting at 11:00am. Invitations to the Hangout can be sent to join the Hangout if you have a Google Account so we can see you on camera when the Hangout starts. (up to 10 people for the call). Questions? Email:
Introducing The Dare to Dance Challenge!
During an exciting brainstorm session one Saturday afternoon, the core Dance Parade team came up with an exciting way to share dance throughout the city from person to person, teacher to student and friend to foe: The Dare 2 Dance Challenge!

This is no ice bucket challenge…this challenge will get your heart rate rising and your body smiling.  It couldn't be easier to spread the joy of dance and the magic of Dance Parade.  First, film a short clip of yourself busting your favorite dance moves.    Then at the end, once you're finished showing off your choreography,  pick a friend and a dance style and Dare them 2 Dance!   

Post the video on Facebook or Twitter and tag the friend you invite to the challenge with the hashtag #DanceParadeDare so we can promote your video and pass it on!

At DanceFest after the Parade a Dance Parade Dare 2 Dance Booth will be set up so that you can record your dares live at Tompkins Square Park and get your friends and family involved!    The Dance Parade Revolution starts with your feet…so let's make it happen! [Follow the fun and find out more...]
DanceFest Announces its HOT Lineup!
The parade culminates in Tompkins Square Park at Avenue A between 7th and 10th Streets where DanceFest kicks off performances on five stages--with dance lessons, roaming performers, experience dance booths and an epic dance party--all FREE to the public.
Social Stage:
3:00 Barbara Tucker celebrates 30 years of House Music
3:30 DJ Q
4:00 Grand Marshal DJ Rekha (Basement Bhangra)
5:00 DJ Spinna
6:00 DJ Brian Cox (Soulgasm)
Teaching Stage: The City's Best Dance Teachers
Jamaican Dancehall - Rick Long
Salsa – Sabor
Indian Bhangra - NYC Bhangra -
Waacking Princess Lockeroo, BDC
Irish Step - Niall O'Leary  
Swing - Syncopated City Dance Co
Bollywood – Shiamak USA
Main Stage: 3-7pm (Old Band Shell near 7th Street)
Fusha Dance Company (African)
American Swiss Ballet
NYC Bhangra (Indian Bhangra)
Aveia (Polynesian)
CKDance (Contemporary)
KTMDI - Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute
Paul Taylor Teen Ensemble (Modern)
Grand Marshals Robert Battle, Carmen de Lavallade, Mary Verdi-Fletcher and DJ Rekha
Foxy5 Werqshop (Jazz)
Sabor: Columbias First Latino Dance Troupe (Salsa)
Red Silk Dancers (Traditional Chinese)
Kizomba Dance2Heartbeat (Kizomba)
Syncopated City Dance Company (Lindy Hop)
Saung Budaya (Indonesian)
The Pink Tutu Ballet
Navatman Dance (Indian Bharatanatyam)
Neville Dance Theatre (Contemporary)
New York Celtic Dancers
Xianix Barrera Flamenco
Na Oiwi NYC (Polynesian)
Jo-Me Dance (Contemporary)
MIYABI Wind ~JAPAN~  (Traditional Japanese)
Mad About Dance (Modern)
The Shakedown (Funk)
Pure Onyx Movement (Belly Dance)
Lei Pasifika (Tahitian)
Born into the Arts (Hip Hop)
ProAmDanceTeam NYC (Salsa -Samba)
Energy in the Middle (Roller Disco)
The Miss’iles (Roller Skate Dance)
Family Stage: (northwest corner of the park)
Dance Parade Community Engagement groups
(Belly Dance, Flamenco, Hip Hop)
Rioult Dance NY Young Dancers Program (Modern)
Seekers Of Knowledge Inc (Hip Hop)
Tecuanes Orgullo Acateco (Mexican Carnival)
House of the Roses (Creative Movement)
xdance group (Street Dance)
Jorday Rivera Dance Studio (Salsa)
Infinty (Hip Hop)
Beat Addikts United (Hip Hop)
Jules LEGACY Dancers (Hip Hop)
High Definition Dance (Hip Hop)
Anevay Dance Cadenzas (Acro Jazz Hip-Hop)
Breaking Ground Dance Center (Jazz)
The Shuang Wen School Apex Dance Ensemble - \"The Flavor\" (Hip Hop)
East Village Dance Project (Modern)
A Move Of God Dance School (Gospel)
Hoboken Hip Hop
JNJ Dance Expressions (Contemporary West African)
Chosen Ones (Hip Hop)
Samiras School of Belly Dance
Sol Dance Center (Salsa-Belly Dance)
Riclils Multicultural Dance Ensemble (African)
Shiamak USA (Bollywood)
NYC Zumba
Bodyroll Workout
LI Zumba
Vaydras Dance Fusion (Zumba)

Site Specific Performances (throughout the park)
SkyBody - Aerial Arts
House of Yes – Aerial Arts
Marni's Imagination on Ice
TOAD Armada
Manhattan Tribal - American Tribal
Mallakhamb Federation of the USA

Engaging the Community
Join one of our FREE Community Engagement Programs this Spring!
Ageless Action Classes: (open to public; ages 50 and up; must register for senior center)  Tuesday - Chelsea Rec Center 430 W 25 St 9:30-10:30 AM  (must register for NYC Parks Membership) Xianix Barrera (Flamenco)
Tuesday - SAGE Harlem 127 W 127 St 1:30-2:30 PM 
Wednesday - Hudson Guild 119 9th Ave 2:45-3:45 PM Jeannie Mitchell (Bellydance)
 **Lenox Hill on Saturdays style TBD
Youth Classes (free to youth under 18 - must register for NYC Parks Membership)
Friday - Chelsea Recreation Center 4:30-6 PM Nekia Wise (Hip-hop)
All classes end with participation in the Parade!

If your school, community or senior center is interested in one of our popular education programs, contact or click here for our Community Engagement brochure.
Ageless Action: Jeannie Mitchell  and PureOnyx Movement teaches Bellydance at Hudson Guild April 1, 2015 -- Photo by Shireen Dickson

Community Kinect Program

PAPARAZZI ALERT! Announcing Dance Parade's 2015 Photography Contest
       Paparazzi, let's go!                          Laney Baber's Winning 2014 Photo

Many photographers love dance parade because of its unique gathering of over 75 styles of colorful dancers and cultures.  Enter to win two tickets to the hit Broadway show "On The Town", an official Dance Parade t-shirt and free tickets to our annual events. [To enter, register here]
After registering, you can pick up your photography pass at 21st and Broadway and shoot away!  Then send 5-10 of your best photos in high resolution without watermarks to
2015 Grand Marshals, Living Legends
Four Grand Marshals will join 10,000 dancers down Broadway as part of New York City’s 9th Annual Dance Parade and Festival!
The four Grand Marshals span the diversity of dance – they are the renowned ballet choreographer and dancer Carmen de Lavallade, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Choreographer and Artistic Director Robert Battle, Dancing Wheels founder Mary Verdi-Fletcher, and pioneer of bhangra music in North America, DJ Rekha.
While the parade celebrates more than 75 styles of dance, this year, we honor especially the genres of contemporary ballet, Physically Integrated Dance, and dance in the bhangra community. Dance Parade’s Curatorial Committee chair DJ McDonald explained that the honorees were selected due to their “perseverance, impact, contribution, and uniqueness” that they have represented and supplied throughout their formidable careers.
This year’s Dance Parade New York will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the monumental civil rights legislation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  
Ms. Verdi-Fletcher, whose physically integrated troupe was the first professional company of its kind in the US to bring the talents of dancers with and without disabilities to the stage, will lead the parade while dancing in her wheelchair.
     Carmen de Lavallade
            Robert Battle

Mary Verdi-Fletcher

DJ Rekha

If you're not dancing in the parade, come watch in the GRANDSTAND
Space is limited.
On Saturday, May 16 get the best seat on the parade route as 10,000 dancers stop and perform in front of this year's Grandstand!  Watch 150 dance organizations be announced by our Emcee as they dance their way to Tompkins Square Park for DanceFest 2015. Bring your camera--there's no other event quite like this one!
$60 and $100 Grandstand tickets support the production of Dance Parade and DanceFest. $35 Earlybird tickets still available!

SPREAD THE WORD ==> Get Flyers, Join a Street Team -- Can't make it? Click this & get a poster!
Spread the joy of Dance Parade with a Street Team.
Chauncey Danridge is organizing Street Teams next week.
Can't make it? Pick up flyers at Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street after 5pm. Or just click on the image above and download a 8.5x11" poster.  Help spread the word by printing out posters and placing them in your neighborhood dance studio, dance club or neighborhood shop! 
Help distribute flyers with Chauncey, street team captain, at Au bon pan at 12noon Wed May 13th at 10 Union Square East.
Press Conference Announced: Monday May 11th, Noon on the Steps of City Hall
Location: City Hall (Entrance from Murray & Broadway)
Description: New York Dance Parade organizers, Grand Marshals and Parade participants will rally on the steps of New York City Hall to introduce leaders in the dance world and announce highlights to come at this year’s 9th Annual Dance Parade and DanceFest. Join us in costume and meet the Mayor!  With the Press?
Order your press pass today by filling out this short form and pick up on Saturday May 16th or at the press conference
Honored to have the support of Governor Cuomo!

After DanceFest join us nearby at nublu!
(click image for tix)

Support The Parade, Festival & Community Engagement Programs!
We invite you to make a donation and help create memories that can last a lifetime!  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we rely on generous donors to make our programs possible. 

Click here to pitch in with a 100% tax-deductible donation--Any amount will help and we appreciate your support!
Dance Parade New York is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization            www.DanceParade.Org