"Why we dance:
To dance is to pray,
to pray is to heal,
to heal is to give,
to give is to live,
to live is to dance!"
-- Cherokee Author
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Chair)
Erik Bryan Slavin
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Darya Mars, Project Manager
Julian Sanjivan, Parade Production
Adele Godfrey, Parade Production
Janelle Issis, Parade Programming
Alan Wright, Grandstand
Gabriel Kutnik, Grandstand
Hal Lamster, Grandstand
Carlye Eckert, Education
Jamila Holman, Festival Production
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Mark Schmidt, Curatorial
Henya Emmer, Team Coordination
Jessii Parham, Team Coordination
Rebecca Myles, Media
Audrey Ross, Media
Doug Kolessar, Finance
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance (CPA)
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Jo Pinlac, Social Media
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
Bill T. Jones
Camille A. Brown
Mestre Joao Grande
Carmen de Lavallade
Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar
Baba Chuck Davis
“Billy Elliot” (Joseph Harrington)
Don Campbell "Campbellock"
Morocco (Carolina Varga Dinicu)
Julian Sanjivan, (Lead)
Jamila Holman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Chair)
Emcee Donnie D'Amato (Main)
Emcee Jedeye Jaxx (Family)
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Doug Kowlessar (Chair)
Kaye Scholer LLP
Media & Promotions Team:
Nhadyr Reyes Cardenas
·New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
·NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo
·Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
·City Council Member Carolina Rivera
·NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Assistant Commissioner Kathleen Hughes and Program Officer Alana Dapena Fraiz
·Community Boards 2 and 3
·NYC & Co Foundation
·NYPD Lt Christopher Cheng and Sgt Patrick McGuire, 9th Precinct Det. Jaime Herandez
·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 (Citywide)
·NYC Dept of Sanitation Superintendent Joseph Signoril
·NYC Dept of Transportation Event Coordinators Michael Callery, Ivory Henderson-Robb and G.I.S. / Events Coordinator Shuan Bruney
our 2019 Sponsors and Partners:
Want to Sponsor 2019? Contact Executive Director email@example.com for our 2019 Sponsorship Guide!
When we honor Native American dance, we acknowledge we are ALL immigrants!
That's the main message we'll be talking about with this year's theme, "Movement of the People." On what was once a Native American trail, we will open the parade with a Circle dance led by Grand Marshal Louis Mofsie, First Nation singers, drummers and 25 representatives from our dance "commune-unity."
Over 110 groups
have signed up so far for the 13th Annual Dance Parade and Festival Saturday May 18th--Free for individual dancers, scholarships and an earlybird group option that expires in a few days. Don't miss out on participating in this United Nations of Dance. There's something for every age, culture and rhythm. We've even been contacted by a UFO who loves the theme and are ending the parade with an illegal allien float!
Dance Parade 2019 REGISTRATION
And then DANCEFEST follows the Parade!
Engaging COMMUNITY: Welcome East Village Schools!
2018-2019 Community Engagement Programs:
Each year our performance, workshops and dance residencies are brought to more and more schools and community centers throughout New York City. All residency programs will end with signature participation in the May 18th parade and festival!
Serving older Americans through the joy and movement of dance. In addition to the Ft Hamilton Brooklyn Senior Center, Ageless Action is offered to the SU-CASA creative aging programs in Parkchester Bronx, Bayside Queens,
dance artistry to instill a lifelong enthusiasm for physical fitness. Through a partnership with the NYC Parks and Recreation Department, dance is being offered to the Chelsea Manhattan, Ft Hamilton Brooklyn and The Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center, Rego Park Queens.
Cultural Residencies: Multi-week residencies focusing on culturally specific dance forms. This year,
Community Engagement Liaison Jacque Colburn has enabled two East Village
schools to "make their debut on Broadway" PS 34 - Franklin D. Roosevelt and The East Village Community as well as IS238 Susan B. Anthony School in Hollis, Queens.
TEAM SPOTLIGHT: Meet PAUL, actor, skater and BUBBLE performer!
We dance for CULTURAL EQUITY.
We represent all dances, including yours.
Our 80+ unique dance styles are the world’s largest display of cultural
diversity. We keep historical dances alive, like Armenian Folk dancing
and Bolivian Caporales, and showcase new dance forms like Litefeet,
Waacking and Brazillian Zouk. We unite cultures and
generations, introducing teenagers to tango, clubbers to square-dancing,
and seniors to hip-hop.
We dance to EDUCATE AND EMPOWER.
We send certified teaching
artists to schools and community centers. Participants discover they can
communicate vital feelings and ideas by dancing, and gain insight into
other cultures. We support emerging dance groups by reaching broad
audiences and document their artistry, which they use for fundraising
We dance for EMOTIONAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH.
expresses identity – yours, mine,
and ours together. Dancing
rejuvenates our bodies and minds, motivates
us, and we share
joy. Dancers master new skills, personal and
self-esteem and community pride. We put
creativity in motion, with
performances, classes, costumes, parade
floats, and our Dance Police
(NYDP) — who playfully ticket “bystanders”
for not dancing.
We dance for FREEDOM AND PEACE.
Our root is social justice. Our rhythm is
unity. In the 1800’s, ballroom dancing was deemed devil’s work. In the
1920’s, New York City enacted the Cabaret Law to stem interracial
dancing in Harlem Jazz Clubs. Nazi Germany banned “anarchistic” Swing
Dancing in the 1930’s. Even recently, in 2006, a New York State Supreme
Court ruled that, unlike other forms of art, social dance was not a
constitutionally protected form of expression. We stand for all dancers,
SUPPORT our Mission and get PERKS!
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.
Photo credits: Yuyao Ling (left), Shireen Dickson (right)
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, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Get your Official 2019 T-Shirt!
Sport an official 13th Annual "Movement of the People" Dance Parade shirt in the parade or around your neighborhood -- This one of a kind momento comes in light blue and can be shipped directly to your home one month before the parade. Order one for you or you're whole team today while supplies last!
$25 + Shipping with 100% of proceeds to support Dance Parade, DanceFest and our Community Engagement programs.
Check out the Sizzlin 2019 PROMO VIDEO by Renegade Pix:
Dance Parade New York is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization