STEPS! Dance Parade New York's Official E-Newsletter
        August 8, 2017 Issue
Inside this Issue:

Share the Love of Dance!
Dance Quote:
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)
Jerry Goldman
Nicola Creary
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Erik Bryan Slavin
Steering Commitee:
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
Honorary Committee:
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
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
Fred Shequine
Tasha Blank
Sponsorship Team:
Greg Miller
John Dalton
Nikki Creary
Phil Ribolow
Parade Production:
Jenny Bossiere (Co Lead)
Celia Kutcher (Co Lead) 
Cristin Lafata
Grace Marinao
Jenn Converse
Erik Bryan Slavin
Gabriel Kutik
John Dalton
Dan Rosenstark
Daniel Kahn
Disco Mike Park
Bobby Speakerwire
Wandalynn Miftahi
Cheryl Gant
Phil Ribolow
Mekeshia Brown
Marjorie Liebman
Wandalynn Miftahi
Peter Vassilatos
Ollie Chase
Tim Golding
Jerry Goldman
Akil Davis
Alia Kubicek
Diane Dejesus
Claudia Lazo
Freddy Cosmo
J-Royce Jata
Alia Kubicek
Michael Fry
Rhina Valentin
Sharon Colchamino
Tatianna Bisono
Jamee Schleifer
Beatriz Cardo
Dayana Guerrero
Doris Martinez
Michael Witt
Miriam Ross
Festival Production:
Jamila Holman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Chair)
Mark Schmidt (Curatorial Vice-Chair)
DJ Sweat
Shiela Jamison
Ben Vazquez
Ameca Holman
Bianca Rodriquez
Donnie D'Amato (Emcee, Main)
Shireen Dickson (Emcee, Family)
Educational Outreach
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Valerie Feit
Caryn Cooper
Shireen Dickson
Leslie Pieters
Jamee Schliefer

Bianca Rodriguez (Chair)
Natalya Grigoriev
Elizabeth Zaklama

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

Greg Miller
Brian Austin
Jason Parrish
Hal Lamster
Martha Ma
Sarah McGlaughlin
Amanda Alston
Luis Vargas
Media & Promotions Team:
Rebecca Myles
Teresa Bigelow
Chauncey Danridge
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 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
Dance Parade
graciously acknowledges
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!
Happy Dancing!

Greg Miller
Executive Director
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, it's easy!
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 Museum of Manhattan’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 from 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.
Ageless Action: 
Serving older Americans through the joy and movement of dance.  

Community Kinect:
Using dance to instill a lifelong enthusiasm for physical fitness.
Cultural Residencies: Multi-week residencies focusing on culturally specific dance forms.

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.

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 festival.
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, 1st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11230
  · Click on the Donate button from and pay by credit card (PayPal account not needed)

167 Groups registered for the 5/2017 parade.  80 unique styles of dance were presented on Broadway!
Click here to see a list of all registered groups


Watch how RIPLEY GRIER STUDIOS  Sponsors TAP in a big way!

Thanks to Ripley-Grier Studios and Retter Entertainment for making tap happen so big by sponsoring Maurice Hines and the The Manzari Brothers in this year's Dance Parade!
Dance Parade New York is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization               DanceParade.Org