STEPS! Dance Parade's Official E-Newsletter
        June 13, 2016 Edition
Inside this Issue:
Dance Quote:
To dance is to reach for a word that doesn't exist,
To sing the heartsong of a thousand generations,
To feel the meaning of a moment in time.

- Beth Jones

Share the Love of Dance!

Non Profit Board of Directors:
Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
Nicola Creary
Jerry Goldman
Mahayana Landowne
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Steering Commitee:
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Carlye Eckert, Education
Adele Godfrey, Parade Production
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
Audrey Ross, Media
Bianca Rodriguez, Finance Director
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Renee Krivine, Government Liaison
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
David Koren
Anil Kumar
Joseph McElroy
Fred Shequine
Tasha Blank
Sponsorship Team:
Greg Miller
Mindy Kahn
Dawn Spalding
Nikki Creary
Phil Ribolow
Parade Production:
Adele Godfrey (Production Lead)
Cristin Lafata
Jocelyn Winslow
Erik Bryan Slavin
Gabriel Kutik
John Dalton
Dan Rosenstark
Daniel Kahn
Disco Mike Park
Bobby Speakerwire
Wandalynn Miftahi
Cheryl Gant
Phil Ribolow
Dale Godfrey
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 Lead)
DJ Sweat
Shiela Jamison
Ben Vazquez
Ameca Holman
Bianca Rodriquez
Donnie D'Amato (Emcee, Main)
Shireen Dickson (Emcee, Family)
Mark Schmidt
Educational Outreach
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Brittany Ann Grier
Shireen Dickson
Leslie Pieters

Bianca Rodriguez (Chair)
Natalya Grigoriev
Elizabeth Zaklama

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

Greg Miller
Brian Austin
Jason Parrish
Hal Lamster
Amanda Alston
Luis Vargas
Lawrence Capici
Media & Promotions Team:
Rebecca Myles
Audrey Ross
Lawrence Capici
Chauncey Danridge
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 LaFroscia
·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, Mark Schultz 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 2016 Sponsors and Partners:



Interested to sponsor
2017? Contact greg"at"
for more information!
Support by getting a 2016 Commemorative T-Shirt
Just $20 plus
shipping and handling
Happy Summer!

Thrilled to share our winning photographs from our Photocontest and make an appeal to your hearts. Thousands danced, thousands smiled, and if thousands will chip in a few bucks, we'll be able to cover the extraordinary expenses from the Parade, Festival and Community Engagement Programs. Click here to support our mission to celebrate diversity and keep dance alive!
          Thank you,
             Greg Miller
             Executive Director
             Dance Parade, Inc.


38 photographers submitted over 300 beautiful photos this year. Our panel of 8 judges did not have an easy task but after several rounds, we are pleased to announce the winners!


Congratulations to Grand Prize winner Peter Cai and runner ups Suzie Samuel, Jim Casler and Glennmore Marshall.  Peter will receive tickets to the smash hit Broadway Show AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and all winners will receive Commemorative T-shirts, refrigerator magnets and tote bags.
Dancers picutred from The Xochipilli Dance Ensamble (Mexican Folkloric)
Grand Marshals DJ KS360 aka "Kwikstep" and Anna "Rokafella" Garcia cut the Dance Parade ribbon as Board Chair Erik Bryan Slavin and Governor Cuomo's Director for Constituency Affairs, David Turly look on.
 Look familiar to anyone? Suzie Samuel's winning photo from
2015 similarly captured the hearts of our judges, reflecting Akim
Funk Buddha's artistic fusion of Urban and Traditional dance styles.
Dancers picutred from Kizomba Dance2Heartbeat
Photo by Suzie Samuel of Folk Dance Club - Kaleidoskope (Slavic)
Photo by Glenmore Marshall (House Coalition Float)

Photo by Peter Cai of Shengfeng Arts & Cultural Group (Taiwan)          
Photo by Suzie Samuel
Shengfeng Arts & Cultural Group (Taiwan)
Photo by Peter Cai (Vaydras Dance Fusion--Zumba on Saint Marks Place)


This year Dance Parade has presented dance residencies at 10 locations throughout all 5 NYC boroughs this year that all ended with participation in the 10th Annual Dance Parade and DanceFest.

Ageless Action: 
Serving older Americans through the joy and movement of dance.   

Community Kinect:
Using dance to instill a life long enthusiasm for physical fitness.
Cultural Residencies: Multi-week residencies focusing on culturally specific dance forms.

Workshops and Performances: Single day performances for films, festivals & more!
If your school, community or senior center is interested in one of our popular education programs for the Summer or Fall, contact or click here for our Community Engagement brochure.

Shengfeng Arts & Cultural Group
After the parade ended at Tompkins Square Park at Avenue A, DanceFest ceelbrated diversity on 4 stages!

Shot of Skotch, Main Stage (photo by Josef Pinlac)
Energy from the Middle's Harry Kassap, Roller Disco (photo by Bob Dea)

Princess Lockerooo and her Waacktion Heroes on the Teaching Stage
(photo by Maria Guarreillo)

Fightin Texas Aggie Wranglers (Country & Western) on the Teaching Stage
(photo by Josef Pinlac)

DanceFest managed a soul train procession with hundreds of onlookers

SUPPORT The Parade, Festival & Community Engagement Programs!
If you danced your heart out, were enthralled by any one of the 155 performances, took a free dance lesson at DanceFest, or just love what we are about, we invite you to make a donation to pitch in to strengthen our community run municiple events and programs.  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we rely on generous donors to make our the Parade, Festival and Dance Education programs possible.

Click here to pitch in with a 100% tax-deductible donation--Any amount will help and we appreciate your support - Thank you so very much!

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