STEPS! Dance Parade New York's Official E-Newsletter
        March 18, 2017 Edition
Inside this Issue:
Dance Quote:
 We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Share the Love of Dance!

Non Profit Board of Directors:
Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
Nicola Creary
Valerie Feit
Jerry Goldman
Mahayana Landowne
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
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
Rebecca Myles, Media
Bianca Rodriguez, Finance Director
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Honorary Committee:
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
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
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
Lawrence Capici
Media & Promotions Team:
Rebecca Myles
Teresa Bigelow
Chauncey Danridge
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 and Deputy Director Venus Melo
·NYC Dept of Sanitation Superintendent Thomas Lincoln
·NYC Dept of Transportation Event Coordinator Ivory Henderson-Robb and G.I.S. / Events Coordinator Shuan Bruney
Dance Parade
graciously acknowledges
our 2017 Sponsors and Partners:


Interested to sponsor
2017? Contact greg"at"
for more information!
Out of darkness comes light:

In 1967, the mass destruction from the Vietnam War gave rise to the "Summer of Love" making lasting contributions to art and music.

50 years later in NYC, another cloud of darkness appeared over the dance world--In a case against the NYC cabaret law, a State Supreme Court judge ruled that social dance was not considered expressive activity--The light that followed was a groundswell of cultural expression that gave birth to the first Dance Parade.

This year, the arts are being threatened again by federal budget cuts and public malaise--Darkness, once again, that is driving dancers back to the stage and into the streets in numbers like never before.

So far, 95+ groups representing 50 unique styles of dance are signed up to participate in the 11th Annual Parade and Festival. Students and seniors in all five NYC boroughs are preparing steps, jumps and twirls for their debut on Broadway. This is quite literally a massive movement. Please join us as a spectator, a participant, volunteer or a donor.
You could begin by buying a ticket for our Showcase Gala Sunday, April 9th at Dixon Place!

Love and light,

Greg Miller
Executive Director
Dance Parade, Inc.

Join thousands of dancers as we explode down Broadway in the heart of Manhattan, sashay through Union Square and leap across Saint Marks Place. Once again our goal is to exceed 80 unique styles of dance and to be the world's largest display of cultural diversity. The theme "Dance for Peace" will set a positive and joyous tone as we unify through our common passion for dance.
Never seen before dance genres and choreography that highlight the human experience -- everything from Ballet to Breakdance, Two-step to Dub-Step and African to Zydeco--all in dazzling outfits, with live bands, djs and decorated floats.
Do you belong to a Modern dance company, Contra group, Salsa group, Ballet School or are an EDM DJ?  Registering as a parade group is just $50 to move and groove before 75,000 live audience members and to be eligible for our Community Engagement programs in which we hire performaning groups and teaching artists throughout the year. Scholarships are available to waive the fee and there's no fee to apply to participate at DanceFest.
Nearby NYC? Join us this Monday 3/20 at 6pm for a Parade Group Coordinator's Meeting at 53 Chambers.
Are you joining us from out of town? Save up to 55% on rooms via Dance Parade's exclusive offer on Hotel Engine!

  "Dance For Peace"


Photo Credits: Miguel Chaves (above) and Peter Cai
Click here to book discounted rooms!
Contribute to the CULTURAL PLAN...Take the CreateNYC Survey!

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs is seeking to understand the needs of the City’s cultural field.
Your input is important and will inform the recommendations for CreateNYC, the City’s first-ever cultural plan, currently underway.
Please fill out the Survey and share with other artists and cultural workers so they can do the same. All information collected will be kept anonymous.

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 ends 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.
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Celia Kutcher, Dance Parade's Happy Hooper
Photo Credit: Eraj Asadi
What happens when a hoop and a dancer meet? Hoop dancing, of course. Celia’s enthusiasm for hoop dancing is going to make you want to run out and find your childhood hoola-hoop and take it to Dance Parade.  Besides being an awesome hooper, Celia is a valuable volunteer who wears two hats; Dance Parade’s Co-Production Lead.
How did you first find out about Dance Parade? 
I’m a Hula-Hooper and found out [about Dance Parade] years ago through Bex Burton​, our fearless leader who moved to Colorado​. Amy Rogers has taken over leading the hoopers in ​the Dance Parade. I have been dancing in it for about four years with the hoopers.
What do you do for work in your personal life?​
​I’m a health and wellness counselor. I have my own radio show and love helping folks eat better. For information on my practice. Check out my website.
What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc? 
I’m the Parade’s Co-​Producer and I am the liaison for all groups beginning with​ K-Z. Jenny Boissiere, handles A-J.​
What is your favorite style of dance to watch or participate in? 
I love watching all styles of dance; to participate in? Hoop Dance!   

Not only are we planning for thousands to dance down Broadway, we're also gearing up for a 5 stage festival and are involved in productions and teaching programs throughout New York City. We organize it all with committees that are steered by twice monthly meetings. To join the fun, fill out the brief volunteer form here!
GENRE BUZZ: Roller Disco: A dance craze that's so 70's  
 In each issue of steps we feature a new genre that will be featured in Dance Parade. This time, it's Roller Disco!
Roller disco is form of dance done at a discothèque or skating rink where all the dancers wear roller skates of some kind (traditional quad or inline). The music played is modern and easily danceable, historically disco but in modern times including almost any form of dance, pop or rock music. The concept originated as a fad in the 1970s when the disco craze was at its height, peaking around 1980 and inspiring several roller-disco magazines. In 1984 the fad arrived in the United Kingdom and many roller discos popped up all over the country.
As of 2006, the craze has largely discontinued, although many 1970s era roller-discos are still open and successful. Also, it experienced a mild revival in the early 2000s, especially in the mid-eastern United States, where certain clubs continue to host roller disco nights. Some now use in-line roller-blades. Roller discos are also popular among older children and young teenagers, especially for parties. As in other discos, special effects such as fog machines and flashing traffic lights are often used. To minimize the risk of injury, the organizers of roller discos often only allow participants to skate in one direction at a time, so that they do not crash into one another, although many roller discos have a "free skate" section in the middle of the roller rink.
(Photo Credit: Robert Dea, Artists: Harry Gaskin & Energy in The Middle; Article source: Wikiepdia)

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 we'll honor you for 2017: 

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)
Photo Credit: Alton Aimable of Tropicalfete Body of Vibration Dance and Theater

94 Groups registered so far for 5/2017 presenting 49 unique styles of dance!
305 Fitness Aerobic
A.Stars Dance Team Hip-Hop
ADF Dance and Fitness Co. Bollywood
American Tap Dance Foundation Tap Dance
Applause Dance Company Hip-Hop
Batala New York AfroBrazilian
Beyond Dance African
Black Tie Dance Team Hip-Hop
Born into the Arts Hip-Hop
Boston Community Dance project Fusion
Breaking Ground Dance Center Jazz
Bronx Envision Academy (BEA) Dance Company Jazz
Caporales San Simon Virginia Caporales
Center Of Attention Dance Company Majorette
Chinelos de Morelos Mexican Carnival
CIP Lionesses Hip-Hop
Clogging Connection Clogging
Connecticut Dance Center Fusion
D.R.E.A.M Team Acro Jazz Hip-Hop
Dance Xross Fitness, DXF Cross Fitness
Dancing Rubies Belly Dance
DivaDance Hip-Hop
DJDC-SparklingDivaz Majorette
Dynamic Dance Company Majorette
Energy in the Middle Roller Disco
Experimental Dance Group Afro Latino
Explosive Dance Team Majorette
Expolsive Dance Team Majorette
Folk Dance Club - Kaleidoskope Slavic
Fraternidad Alma Boliviana Caporales
Fraternidad Cultural Incallajta New York Bolivian Pujilay
Fusha Dance Company African
Gift of Dance Salsa
Ground Breakers Dance Team Step
Herencia Flamenco
High Definition Dance Acro Jazz Hip-Hop
House Coalition House
House of Dance Philippines Fusion
House of Ninja Voguer
House of the Roses Creative Movement
International Dancer Zaman Fusion
It Girlz Inc. Hip-Hop
JNJ Dance Expressions Contemporary West African
Jules Of Queens Majorette
Khaita Joyful dances Tibetan
Kizomba Dance2Heartbeat Kizomba
Koin & Co Dancers Contemporary
Konstruction Dance Company J-Sette
Kozmic Edge Hip-Hop
Ladies in Formation Hip-Hop
LI Zumba Zumba
Masala Bhangra Indian Bhangra
Mazarte Dance Company Inc. Mexican Carnival
Morenada Bolivia USA Bolivian Morenada
Na Oiwi NYC Polynesian
Navatman Dance Company Indian Bharatnatyam
New York Mindful Capoeira Center Capoeira
NIA Cavallaro Junior High School Dance Team Contemporary
Ntrinsik Movement Contemporary
Ñukanchik LLacta Wawakuna Ecuadorian
NYC Tap Crew Tap Dance
NYC Twerkout Twerking
PS 165 Edith K. Bergtraum School Jazz
Queensborough Community College Modern
Rhythm Locura Salsa
Salay Pasion Bolivia USA Bolivian Pasion
San Simon USA Caporales
Saung Budaya Indonesian
Seekers Of Knowledge Inc. Hip-Hop
SharQui - The Bellydance Workout® Belly Dance
Shot of Scotch Scottish
Stewarts School of Performing Arts Creative Movement
SynKopate An NYC Tap Project - Peridance Capezio Center Tap Dance
Taal Performing Arts Bollywood
The Colors Of The Wind Dancers Chinese
The Dance Gallery Ballet
The Golden Dancerettes J-Sette
The Hoop Movement Hoopers
The Palace Dance Team Acro Jazz Hip-Hop
The Pink Tutu Ballet Ballet
The Prancing Buckeyes Dance Team Majorette
Tinkus San Simon Filial Virginia Bolivian Tinkus
tinkus San Simon VA -USA (Ricardo Espinoza) Bolivian Tinkus
ToneLove productions Inc Hustle
Trellys majorette Dance of arts Majorette
Tropicalfete Body of Vibration Dance and Theater Caribbean Dance
UNITY Dance Team Hip-Hop
Urban Dance League Hip-Hop
Urban Grace Dance Hip-Hop
Vision Elite Royalty Dance Company Acro Jazz Hip-Hop
waterside dance Hip-Hop
World Dance Initiative - Karen Kriegel World Dance Korean
Xochipilli Dance Ensemble Mexican Carnival
Young Leaders Dance Company Hip-Hop

Dance Parade New York is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization                  www.DanceParade.Org