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STEPS! Dance Parade New York's Official E-Newsletter
  March 20, 2017 Issue
Inside this Issue:

Share the Love of Dance!
Dance Quote:
"I  think a lot of times when people hear the word dance, they think 'oh,  that's something that I can't do.' But dance really lives in our bodies and the thing that I've come to learn, embrace and lift up is that we  have history in our bodies that's living and breathing. We have our own  individual history but we also have our heritage. Each one of us has our  movement language and it's about tapping into that and pulling that out. That's the thing that I try to encourage everybody because it's not  about dance, it's about the movement and the gesture and how we honor it."
~ Camille A. Brown

Non Profit Board of Directors:
Valerie Feit (Co-Chair)
Mahayana Landowne (Co-Chair)
Jerry Goldman
Nicola Creary
Kevin Farley
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Erik Bryan Slavin
Steering Commitee:
Greg Miller, Executive Director
David Sanders, Parade Production
Carlye Eckert, Education
John Dalton, Sponsorship
Jamila Holman, Festival Production
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Mark Schmidt, Curatorial
Hal Lamster, Web
Jacque Cohen, Volunteer Coordination
Rebecca Myles, Media
Doug Kollesar, Finance (CPA)
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance (CPA)
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)
Foxy Squire
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

Leslie Blanchard
Bianca Rodriguez
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
Audrey Ross
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 2018 Sponsors and Partners:


 Want to Sponsor 2018? Contact Executive Director greg@danceparade.org for more information!
Finally the last day of Winter is upon us!
With the birth of a new season, we're thrilled to announce the 2018 Grand Marshals, a killer new video and a spankin new website.
Greg Miller
Executive Director 

Special offer for our STEPS! readers on the move for Season 12:
Use discount code "SEASON12" during our February Flash Sale for $12 off!! 
Earlybird Registration ending March 31st!
Photo Credit:  Anna Massimino   
Participate in 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 Classical Indian, African, EDM Viking Ship, Korean K-hop, Melbourne-Shuffle, Tango or Texas Two-Step--This is a participatory dance event like never before!
Conspire to INSPIRE!
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!
Come meet our core team this Wednesday March 28th as we make plans for our upcoming events:
Jefferson Market Library
425 Sixth Ave @10th St, NYC
South End Conference Room
Volunteer Spotlight - Meet NATASHA GRIGORIEV, a vouging CPA with FLAIR!
Each month, we highlight one of our fabulous volunteers.
How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I first got involved with Dance Parade as a Dance Parade participant in 2009. I met the production team at a Group Coordinator meeting at Dance Manhattan studio and I was enamoured by the organization's mission.
What's your involvement with dance?
I took my very first dance class back in 2006 when I was learning how to dance the House style. I studied Modern, House, Vogue and Waacking at Peridance Capazeio for several years.
What is your current role in Dance Parade?
My current role is to oversee Dance Parade's bookkeeping and accounting responsibilities for filing the taxes and charity bureau filings.  I also offer discounted services for dancers in the Dance Parade community.
How can our readers get in touch with you for tax assistance?
Just send me a note to emailcustomaccounting@gmail.com!

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.
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
  · Pay by credit card (PayPal account not needed) HERE.

Photo Credit: Anthony Johnson;   Artists: Jehan and BellyDance America
We dance.

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.

We dance.
Click image to watch our 2018 Promo Video
or hear the audio PSA!

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.
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 carlye@danceparade.org or click here for our Community Engagement brochure.
Photo Credit: Anthony Johnson

Dance Parade New York is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization
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