Dance Quote of the Month:
"Only when I'm dancing
can I feel this free."
Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
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
(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)
Adele Godfrey (Production Lead)
Disco Mike Park
Jamila Holeman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Lead)
Shireen Dickson (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 2016 Sponsors:
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,
Dance Parade, Inc.
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
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.
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
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!