Genre Buzz: Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art hidden in dance!

In each issue of steps we feature a new genre that will be featured on the streets at Dance Parade. This time we delve into the world of Capoeira.  We are thrilled to have for the first time,  The New York Mindeful Capoeira Center will […] Read more »

Genre Buzz : Roller Disco, a dance craze that’s so ’70’s!

Roller disco is a 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 […] Read more »

Genre Buzz: Litefeet

In each issue of steps we feature a new genre that will be featured in Dance Parade. This time we highlight “Litefeet” Litefeet also referred to as “getting lite” is a type of street dance / vernacular dance that emerged from Harlem and the Bronx, […] Read more »

Genre Buzz: Majorette

The 11th Annual Dance Parade New York is pleased to present DLDC & The Sparkling Divaz–40 majorettes from Saint Louis, Missouri:         A majorette is a dancer, male or female, doing choreographed dance or movement, primarily baton twirling associated with marching bands […] Read more »

Genre Buzz: Yeehaaw, read up on Country and Western!

Photo Credit: Peter Cai Each issue of STEPS! we celebrate a unique dance style from the parade. In May of 2016, the Texas Aggie Wrangers from Texas A&M University popped up all day–They graced the parade with their bold moves, performed on the main stage […] Read more »

Genre Buzz: Circle Dance

Circle dance, or chain dance, is a style of dance done in a circle or semicircle to musical accompaniment, such as rhythm instruments and singing. Circle dancing is probably the oldest known dance formation and was part of community life from when people first started […] Read more »

Genre Buzz: Limón Technique

José Limón was a great admirer of Doris Humphrey and his technique clearly reflects her teaching. Like Humphrey, his main goal was to express his personal relationship with the outside world through his movements in an organic manner. His technique was deeply influenced by Humphrey’s […] Read more »

Genre Buzz: Cham Dance (Tibetan)

This year Dance Parade is pleased to present several Tibetan dances in the 10th Annual Dance Parade.  In this edition of Genre Buzz, we explore the Cham dance! The Cham dances are considered a form of meditation and an offering to the gods. The leader […] Read more »

Genre Buzz: Malawi Nyau

Genre Buzz: Malawi Nyau Nyau (also: Nyao meaning mask or initiation) is a secret society of the Chewa, an ethnic group of the Bantu people from Central and Southern Africa. The Nyau society consists of initiated members of the Chewa and Nyanja people, forming the […] Read more »

Genre Buzz: Jookin

Jookin Gansta Walking (often referred to as: Jookin, G-Walk , Buckin, Tickin, or Choppin) is a street dance that originated in Memphis, Tennessee alongside “Buck” music during the 1990s. The Gangsta Walk is commonly performed to crunk music due to the particular ‘bounce’ in the […] Read more »

Genre Buzz- West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance […] Read more »

Genre Buzz – Mallakhamba!

In each issue of STEPS! we feature a unique genre found in the Dance Parade. When you saw acrobatic dancers, coming down Broadway in the 9th Annual Dance Parade and later at DanceFest on a 15ft pole, bet you didn’t know about this ancient style […] Read more »

Genre Buzz: Scottish Highland Dance

Highland dance or Highland dancing is a style of competitive solo dancing developed in the Scottish Highlands in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the context of competitions at public events such as the Highland games, where it is often performed to the accompaniment of […] Read more »

Genre Buzz: Palestinian Dabka

Dabke (Arabic: دبكة‎) is a modern Levantine Arab folk circle dance of possible Canaanite or Phoenician origin. For the first time, Dance Parade will present Dabka on May 16th with The Columbia Palestinian Dabke Brigade.Palestinian Dabke Brigade.It is the national dance of Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, […] Read more »

Genre Buzz: ‘ote’a (Polynesian Dance)

The ʻōteʻa (usually written as otea) is a traditional dance from Tahiti characterized by a rapid hip-shaking motion to percussion accompaniment. The dancers, standing in several rows, may be further choreographed to execute different figures (including box, figure 8, circles, and half circles) while maintaining […] Read more »

Genre Buzz: Yinnge and Yangge (Chinese Folk Dance)

Yingge Dance, (Chinese: 英歌; Mandarin romanisation: Yīnggē), or “Hero’s Song,” is a form of Chinese  folk dance originating from the Ming Dynasty. It is very popular in Teochew China, a region in the east of Guangdong and is one of the most representative form of […] Read more »

Genre Buzz – American Tribal Dance

American Tribal Style Belly Dance or Tribal Style Belly Dance (also known as ATS or Tribal) is a modern style of belly dance created by FatChanceBellyDance  director,  Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman.  American Tribal Style Belly Dance is clearly defined and documented with the primary characteristic being that […] Read more »

Brazillian Samba!

Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Brazilian origin in 4/4 time danced under the Samba music. However, there are three steps to every bar, making the Samba feel like a 4/4 timed dance. Its origins include the Maxixe. The Samba music rhythm has been […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : The Gravity Defying, Fast Paced Splendor Of Ukrainian Dance

Ukrainian dance is a fast-paced, high energy carnival ride of leaps, kicks, twirls and bright colors. Much of what the world sees today as Ukrainian dance, however, is only part of the rich traditions of the Ukraine. Dance has been a part of what is […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : The Vocative And Visual Devotion Of Indian Classical Dance Bharata Natyam

At our annual SHOWCASE on Sunday, March 30th,  attendees were treated to the visual and sonic pleasure of Navatman Dance who proudly displayed the traditional Indian dance known as Bharata Natyam.  For this month’s Dance Genre Buzz, we decided to delve deeper into this particular […] Read more »