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STEPS! Dance Parade's Official E-Newsletter
  January 2016 Edition
Inside this Issue:
Dance Quote of the Month:

"Only when I'm dancing
can I feel this free." 

Share the Love of Dance!
Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
Nicola Creary
Jerry Goldman
Mahayana Landowne
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Steering Commitee:
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Shireen Dickson, Education
Adele Godfrey, Parade Production
Sarah Elizabeth, Parade Group Liaison
Alciia Durity, Volunteer Coordination
Jamila Holeman, Festival Production
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Mark Schmidt, Curatorial
Hal Lamster, Web
Donnie D'Amato, Web
Rebecca Myles, Media
Audrey Ross, Media
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance
Bianca Rodriguez, Finance
Victoria Behr, Legal
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Laura Rubin, Production
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
Tasha Blank
Sponsorship Team:
Greg Miller
Mindy Kahn
Dawn Spalding
Nikki Creary
Phil Ribolow
Parade Production:
Adele Godfrey (Production Lead)
Laura Rubin
Sarah Elizabeth
Wolf Bukiet
Christine Hackett
Gabriel Kutik
Barbara Anglisz
Nick Cordua
Super Dan
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
Nikki Creary
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
Elizabeth Zaklama

Victoria Behr
Carmen Casado
Jerry Goldman
David Leventhal
Paul Llewellyn
Renee Kinsella
Kaye Scholer LLP
Greg Miller
Brian Austin
Jason Parrish
Izumi Jones
Hal Lamster
James Wurster
Amanda Alston
Luis Vargas
Lawrence Capici
Joseph Laine
Media & Promotions Team:
Rebecca Myles
Audrey Ross
Lucyna Scholossberg
Lawrence Capici
Chauncey Danridge
Camelia Flye
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 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
Dance Parade
graciously acknowledges
our 2016 Sponsors:



Limited time offer!
 Get your company logo on these 8ft long Street Banners along Parade Route for 30 days:

Interested to
sponsor 2016?
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Happy Sweet 16!

As we leap, shimmy and shake our way into 2016 we are super excited to celebrate our 10th season of parades, festivals and dance education with LIFT OFF this Sunday!
It looks like a big snowfall is due in NYC on Saturday but we'll be dancing up our own storm and being honored by some amazing performers described below.
Hope you can join us,
Greg Miller
Executive Director
Dance Parade, Inc.

Dance Parade artists at LIFT OFF Sunday January 24 7-10pm:

DJ Small Change
  (Kostume Kult float DJ, Dance Parade 2015)
DJ KS 360
(Behind the Groove)

Emcee Donnie D'Amato
DanceFest Emcee presents
"Taste of the Dance Parade" performances by:

Artistic Director Funmilayo Chesney
Ageless Action teaching artist of African movements to seniors
presented at last month's Winter's Eve in Columbus Circle.
Performing an Indonesian dance from West Sumatra. 
 Sabor Flamenco
 presented at Northport Veterans Medical Center 
On a float at The Dance Parade
Lindy Hop Dance Team
with The Full Circle Souljahs (Hip-Hop)
Dancing Rubies
Middle Eastern & Belly Dance



Genre Buzz - Malawi Nyau
Nyau dances involve intricate footwork, flinging dust in the air. Dancers respond to specific drumbeats and songs depending on the mask type or character. The dancers, described as "fleet-footed or nimble-footed", appear in masks representing the dead, human being or animal; the weak-kneed run away from sights of such dances. While it may be considered in many places to be a folk dance, this is certainly not the case; Nyau should rather be considered a religious dance, as its function is to communicate with the ancestral world. [Read More]

You're invited to Dance NYC's 2016 Symposium!
   Keynote speakers: Misty Copeland and Virginia Johnson

   When:   Sunday, February 28, 2016
   Where: Gibney Dance Center, 280 Broadway (enter at 53 Chambers)
   How:     Register & get Tickets here. General Admission $125 & Artist Rate $50
The Dance/NYC 2016 Symposium, on Sunday, February 28, 2016 will invite participants to consider connections between the art form of dance and New York City and explore urgent questions of cultural planning, affordability, equity and inclusion, public-private partnerships, and the future of technology. How can New Yorkers, by working together and across sectors, act now to advance the art form and more than 1,200+ dance makers and companies in the metropolitan area? And how can the art form contribute to the future of all New Yorkers? [Read More]

Volunteer Spotlight - Meet Chauncey Dandridge!
In each issue of STEPS!, we choose a volunteer to spotlight. We ask them a few questions to explain the magic behind the Dance Parade experience.
Check out joining this amazing team and volunteering for 2016 by clicking here!
Hey Chauncey, Thanks for taking the time to speak with us about your background and volunteering for Dance Parade!

How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I found out about Dance Parade from one of my best friends Mel, who introduced me to the project during its very first year.  I became a member of the very first NYDP (New York Dance Police) squad and later jumped on board as Stage Manager of Dance Fest back when it was held at Washington Square Park.  I had no idea what I was getting into and was instantly hooked!  My involvement has grown each year since.
What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc?
Currently, I am the Social Media Chair for Dance Parade as well as Commissioner of The NYDP.  I am also on the Steering Committee and help support the PR, Promotions and Marketing Committees as well as Production during our special events throughout the year as well as on the big day.   I'm a big cheerleader for the organization and help out wherever and whenever I can.
If you could pick a Grand Marshall for this year’s parade who would it be?
Sorry to be a cliche but I would love Madonna to be perched atop a float in the parade once year while her dancers blow New York City away.  I would probably want to abandon all my other Dance Parade duties and hang out with her the whole day though.  Haha!

Volunteer with our team to inspires dance!
There's something about pitching in to make the world more wonderful that is so nourishing and our volunteers all can tell you it feels great to help out.  Ever wonder how you market and develop a mulitcultural dance extravaganza for an audience of thousands and make New York City rejoice? 
We are looking for: Production, Marketing, PR, Sponsorship and Development Professionals who love dance and diversity!  Find out more and join the "Decade of Dance" 2016 Volunteer Team by clicking HERE! 

If you're not dancing in the parade, come watch in the GRANDSTAND
Space is limited.
On Saturday, May 21 2016 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 2016. 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!

SUPPORT The Parade, Festival & Community Engagement Programs!
In this season of gratitude, 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 the Parade, Festival and Dance Education programs possible.

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