| “You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives
you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on
walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold,
nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive. ”
(1919 - 2009)
(Headshot of Merce Cunningham from the April 1961 issue of Dance Magazine)
Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Co-Chair)
Mahayana Landowne (Co-Chair)
Erik Bryan Slavin
Greg Miller, Executive Director
David Sanders, Parade Production
Carlye Eckert, 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)
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:
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We have lots goin on here in Dance Parade land. Imagine a utopia of teaching artists, a myriad of creative movers and all around booty shakers gearing up for New York City's largest dance event.
As our education programs begin in all five boroughs, so does our planning for our 12th Annual Parade and Festival. Are you a dancer? Registration is open! Or wanna dive deeper and help make it all happen? Our monthly team meetings kick off Wednesday and our Season 12 Launch party is set for Saturday March 3rd!
Moovingly but Unshakingly yours,
|Dance Parade Registration now OPEN!
Artists: Xdance from Hartford, CT - Photo Credit: Miguel Chavez
Join us as we gear up for the 12th Annual Dance Parade and Festival May 19th 2018. Last year we repealed the Cabaret Law. This year we celebrate "The Cabaret of Life!"
Over 10,000 dancers will be dancing on Broadway to over 80 styles of dance in the New York City's largest dance event. Bring your Irish Stepping troupe, EDM Viking Ship, Korean K-hop, Melbourne-Shuffle, Tango or Texas Two-Step--This is a participatory dance like never before!
One of the best things in life is volunteering to make a difference -- And bringing dance to the streets, hearts and minds of New York City with a band of lolligagging movers and shakers is a funtastic way to do it -- Register to Volunteer here!
Winter making you shiver? Come warm up with our core team this Wednesday January 31 as we kick off Parade & Festival Planning:
Jefferson Market Library
425 Sixth Ave @10th St, NYC
South End Conference Room
Volunteer Spotlight - Meet JAMILA HOLMAN, DanceFest Producer and extraordinare!
Each month, we highlight one of our fabulous volunteers.
Greetings Jamila! How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I was searching for a volunteer group that will allow me to share my love and passion for dance. I just googled NYC volunteer and found Dance Parade on www.nycservice.org . I was shocked and excited at the same time when I learned NYC had a parade dedicated to dance. Being a dancer in NYC I thought this was something I should of known about and had to be apart of.
What is your current role in Dance Parade?
My current role is Producer of DanceFest, the festival that immediately follows the parade in Tompkins Square Park.
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
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
· Pay by credit card (PayPal account not needed) HERE.
Dance Parade Opening Ceremony 2017, Photo credit: Josef Pinlac
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 for emotional and physical health.
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.
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 and promotion.
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, including you.
Our Charitable work to ENGAGE COMMUNITY
2018 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.
Dance Parade 2017, Photo Credit: Suzie Samuel