The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie.
-- Agnes de Mille
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Co-Chair)
Mahayana Landowne (Co-Chair)
Erik Bryan Slavin
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Jenny Boissiere, Parade Production
Celia Kutcher, Parade Production
Carlye Eckert, Education
Valerie Feit, Education
John Dalton, Sponsorship
Michelle DeBlasi, Marketing
Martha Ma, Marketing
Jamila Holman, Festival Production
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Mark Schmidt, Curatorial
Hal Lamster, Web
Donnie D'Amato, Web
Howard Gibbs-Hobgood, Volunteer Coordination
Jessii Parham, Volunteer Coordination
Rebecca Myles, Media
Bianca Rodriguez, Finance Director
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Xi Zhu, China Committee
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
Mestre Joao Grande
Carmen de Lavallade
Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar
Baba Chuck Davis
“Billy Elliot” (Joseph Harrington)
Don Campbell "Campbellock"
Morocco (Carolina Varga Dinicu)
Jenny Bossiere (Co Lead)
Celia Kutcher (Co Lead)
Erik Bryan Slavin
Disco Mike Park
Jamila Holman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Chair)
Mark Schmidt (Curatorial Vice-Chair)
Donnie D'Amato (Emcee, Main)
Shireen Dickson (Emcee, Family)
Carlye Eckert (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 La Froscia
·Community Boards 2 and 3
·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, Deputy Director Venus Melo and Kevin McClain (Citywide)
·NYC Dept of Sanitation Superintendent Thomas Lincoln
·NYC Dept of Transportation Event Coordinators Michael Callery, Ivory Henderson-Robb and G.I.S. / Events Coordinator Shuan Bruney
our 2017 Sponsors and Partners:
If you're like me, you are wondering what happened to the Summer -- It's August already, Dance Parade has been behind us a few months now but our team is already planning next year--and you can take part as well.
Read on to participate in the vote for next year's theme, see Let's Dance exhibit and get a glimpse of some behind the scene action with Manhattan Borough President Brewer and our Sound Czar Jackie Cohen!
Dance Parade, Inc.
Vote for Dance Parade's 2018 Theme!
||Since 2007, Dance Parade has been celebrated under a unique theme. From "One Parade, Many Cultures" to "Unity Through Dance" and last year's "Dance For Peace", we create a unique branding campaign to make the parade and festival special.
This year, our Steering Committee has come up with 22 nominations that will be unique to our 12th year. Take a minute to Vote now,
Volunteer Spotlight: Jackie Cohen Sounds Off!
What happens on Dance Parade day once the dancers get going? Well, lots of dance means music too. That’s where Jackie comes in – our newest addition to the Dance Parade team – Sound Czar! At the Dance Parade, Jacqueline uses her handy-dandy-decibel-device to check sound levels for each group and make sure that everyone is in compliance with neighborhood noise ordinances.
Jackie knows how to get people to do what they are supposed to do –
in a nice way - and turn down the sound when it gets too loud!
How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I found out about DANCE PARADE because I belong to the house music
dance community. Luis Vargas, who is vibrantly active in the house music
community, invited me to dance in the House Coalition Float in the very
first Dance Parade in 2007.
What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc?
My current role in the Dance Parade is the Sound Czar. I lead a
team of sound monitors and use a decibel reader to ensure our parade and
festival audio systems are within reasonable levels determined by the
organizers and area residents.
See LET'S DANCE at the Children's Musuem of Manhattan!
Bounce, glide or leap to the Children
’s exciting exhibition/dance space designed to introduce children
and families to the delights of dance! Celebrate the beauty, spirit,
and diversity of the form while learning about the important role dance
can play in a child
’s world. Discover dance
a variety of entry points: as an art form, as an expression of diverse
cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity.
Get a glimpse of the city’s largest dance event – See photos on an entire law of the Let’s Dance! exhibit of many of the 80 unique styles of dance and culture found in this year’s 11th Annual Dance Parade!
212 West 83rd Street, NYC (between Broadway and Columbus Avenue)
THANK YOU Manhattan Borough President Brewer for supporting Dance Parade with a CULTURAL TOURISM Grant!
From Left, Dance Parade Emcee and Board Member Jerry Goldman, Executive Director Greg Miller, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and I Dance Like You member Rachel Santos.
Our Charitable work to ENGAGE COMMUNITY
2017 Dance Programs:
We employ Teaching Artists at our programs in all five boroughs of New York City. Each program ended with participation in the May 20th 2017 Parade and Festival.
Serving older Americans through the joy and movement of dance.
dance to instill a lifelong enthusiasm for physical fitness.
Cultural Residencies: Multi-week residencies focusing on culturally specific dance forms.
SUPPORT our Mission and Why We Dance
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
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
Here's how to donate:
· Make check payable to “Dance Parade” and mail to 789 Westminster Road, 1st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11230
· Click on the Donate button
from danceparade.org and pay by credit card (PayPal account not needed)
WERE YOU A PART OF THE PARADE OR FESTIVAL?
Watch how RIPLEY GRIER STUDIOS Sponsors TAP in a big way!