STEPS! Dance Parade New York's Official E-Newsletter
March 28, 2019 Issue
Inside this Issue:

Share the Love of Dance!

Dance Quote:

"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
MariJo Moore


Team 2019
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Chair)
Michelle DeBlasi
Jerry Goldman
Nicola Creary
Shireen Dickson
Kevin Farley
Mahayana Landowne
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Erik Bryan Slavin
Steering Commitee:
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
Honorary Committee:
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
Bill T. Jones
Baayork Lee
Louis Mofsie
DJ Dara
Camille A. Brown
Mickela Mallozzi
Rafael Espinal
Doc Martin
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
Tasha Blank
Sponsorship Team:
Greg Miller
Lauren Williams
DJ McDonald
John Dalton
Nikki Creary
Phil Ribolow
Parade Production:
Julian Sanjivan, (Lead)
Adele Godfrey
Rhina Valentin
Jerry Goldman
David Sanders
Alan Wright 
Joanna Zannoni  
Hal Lamster
Alan Wright
Gabriel Kutnik
Daniel Kahn
Phil Ribolow
Meke Brown
Zakeya Warren
Festival Production:
Jamila Holman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Chair)
Mark Schmidt
Emcee Donnie D'Amato (Main)
Emcee Jedeye Jaxx (Family)
Francisco Tavernes
Educational Outreach
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Jacque Colburn
Caryn Cooper
Shireen Dickson
Jamee Schliefer

Doug Kowlessar (Chair)
Darya Mars
Natalya Grigoriev
Elizabeth Zaklama

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

Greg Miller
Alan Wright
Brian Austin
Jason Parrish
Hal Lamster
Media & Promotions Team:
Rebecca Myles
Audrey Ross
Nhadyr Reyes Cardenas
Chauncey Dandridge
Josef Pinlac
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 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
Dance Parade
graciously acknowledges
our 2019 Sponsors and Partners:


 Want to Sponsor 2019? Contact Executive Director 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!
Greg Miller
Executive Director 
Dance Parade 2019 REGISTRATION
Our 2019 theme "Movement of the People" counters negativity with walls and immigration by a perspective that we all can be equally regarded as immigrants. The ribbon will be cut at 1pm on Broadway and 21st Street, unleashing 10,000 dancers down through Union Square, University Place and across East 8th Street to our Grand Stand in Astor Plaza. Culminating at Avenue A, DanceFest runs from 3 to 7pm and caps the day off with 5 performance stages, dance teaser lessons and a dance party.  Support this magnificent day of dance by joining the team, donating, sponsoring a float or dancing in the parade or presenting work at DanceFest!
Registered groups are invited to join our Coordination meeting this Thursday at 6pm!

And then DANCEFEST follows the Parade!
As the parade ends at Avenue A and Saint Marks, DanceFest begins from 3-7pm on five stages and in site specific location all around Tompkins Square Park!
Featuring choreographed performances, dance lessons, aerial and social dance – free to the public.  There's something for everyone including performances by culturally diverse participants from the parade and an opportunity to learn dance from the city's best dance teachers!

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!
Ageless Action: 
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,

Community Kinect:
Using 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.


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

TEAM SPOTLIGHT: Meet PAUL, actor, skater and BUBBLE performer!

 Dance Parade is a 501(c)3 non-profit supported by a passionate team of dance lovers. In this issue we put the team spotlight on Paul Saltzberg!
What is your current role with Dance Parade?
My current role on the day of Dance Parade is helping to organize 75 floats & vehicles. I usually escort our friends at NYPD Highway Patrol through the lineup to inspect the wacky art cars to make sure they are street legal.
What are you up to when you're not helping with Dance Parade?
I am an actor, enjoy watching sports, keeping in shape, inline and dance skating and my latest hobby--performing with big bubbles in Central park.


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 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 and promotion.

Dance ​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 interpersonal, developing 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.
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, including you.
We dance.


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:
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