Come one, come all! Dance Parade Press Conference at City Hall, Tuesday May 16th!


For Immediate Release

Description: Dance Parade New York organizers, Grand Marshals and New York City officials will rally on the steps of New York City Hall to announce highlights to come at Saturday’s 11th Annual Dance Parade and DanceFest: “Dance For Peace”

WHO:   Dance Parade New York, a 501(c)(3) non-profit presenter of dance
WHAT:  Dance Parade highlights and announcements
WHERE: Steps of New York City Hall (Entrance from Murray & Broadway)
WHEN:  Tuesday May 16th, 12noon

  • NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl presents Mayor de Blasio’s Proclamation to Greg Miller, Executive Director of Dance Parade making May 20 “Dance Parade and Festival Day”
  • City Council Member Rosie Mendez – Parade starts and ends in her district and Rosie is a longtime supporter of the arts. Organizers will honor her in her final year in office as Grand Marshal
  • City Council Member Stephen Levin – The city legislator who introduced the bill that prompted the NYC Cultural Plan
  • City Council Member Raphael Espinal – Speaks about nightlife in his district and plans to improve it
  • Greg Miller – Executive Director, Dance Parade New York explains mission and history of Dance Parade, gives an overview of 10,000 dancers set to dance to 80 unique styles of dance on Broadway in the world’s largest display of diversity and culture.
  • Kira Kull from The Dances of Universal Peace who begins the parade will speak about their worldwide movement emphasizing Unity and Heart, beyond the differences and distinctions of religions and cultures. The Dances of Universal Peace will begin the parade after a minute of silence for those who can’t dance.
  • Frankie Bones – 2017 Grand Marshal, global DJ and founder of Peace, Love, Unity and Respect movement speaks about the upcoming adventure aboard a Pirate Ship on Broadway.
  • Maurice Hines, legendary tap dancer, star on Broadway and 2017 Grand Marshal will appear with the Manzari brothers
  • Thommie Retter, owner of a tap dance school, The NYC Tap Crew highlights their plans to have a Tap Dance Float in the parade.
  • NTD Television’s Vice President External Affairs, Jan Jekielek, will give an overview of the largecontingent of Chinese Groups, and showcase Dance Parade’s NTD partnership and plan to digitally live-stream the 11th annual Dance Parade & Festival to the world.
  • Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, an organizer of Dance Liberation Network, an activist collective.
  • Olympia Kazi, steering committee member of the NYC Artists Coalition speaks on ways to support culture for all New Yorkers.
  • Akim Funk Buddha, melder of Asian and Urban Hip-Hop cultures offers perspectives on the fusion of art & culture
  • Carol Henning, teaching artist in Dance Parade’s Community Kinect program, shares the programs plans to end with the exciting participation for her Bronx students to dance in the parade and festival.
  • Ellen Bari from The Children’s Museum of Manhattan gives highlights of the Let’s Dance Exhibit opening July 1st that will incorporate stories and photos from the Dance Parade

Press inquiries: Rebecca Myles, 917-326-0802



New York, NY – The largest dance event in the Northeast is set for the 11th Annual Dance Parade and Festival in New York City on Saturday, May 20. The free annual event, with more than 80,000 spectators, draws on the city’s incomparable and rich diverse dance talent, to feature thousands of dancers from all over the city, and out of town, for a vibrant street parade and dance festival.

Beginning at 21st and Broadway, the procession ends at Tompkins Square in the East Village for the festival and celebrates myriads of dance styles in a multi-cultural, rhythmic-infused magical display of the human body in motion.

“With our country divided after the election, we’re proud to bring 80+ unique dance styles and cultures together,” said Greg Miller,
executive director of Dance Parade, a non-profit organization. “The
dance community decided the theme ‘Dance For Peace” and we will start the parade with a minute of silence for those who can’t dance, followed by an eruption of moving artistry that’ll rock the city!”

Dance styles reflect the cosmopolitan legacy fo the city and the elastic inventiveness of the form, and include African, Asian-Indian, ballet, Indian bhangra, Bolivian Tinkus, Brazilian zouk, breakdance, Chinese, hip-hop, Irish, Indonesian, Jamaican Dance Hall, lindy hop, modern, roller disco, salsa, samba, Tahitian, tango and Tibetan. One third of the registered groups hail from states other than New York.

Among this year’s highlights so far are 50 organizations featuring 30 dance styles including Clogging Connection and six majorettes groups.

Theme: “Dance For Peace”
Parade Start: 21st and Broadway
Parade Time: 1-3pm
Festival: “DanceFest” 3-7 pm, Tompkins Square Park, dance performances for adults and children, workshops, lessons and social dancing

“It starts in my district and ends in my district,” said City
Councilwoman Rosie Mendez. “Dance is a form of expression, it is a form of communication, and irrespective of what language you speak we can all communicate with each other through dance. So if you are sad or happy or in love – you can figure that out when you are dancing.”

A Grand Marshal launches the parade in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Past Grand Marshals include Garth Fagan, Carmen de Lavallade, Robert Battle, Savion Glover, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Dr. Charles ‘Chuck’ Davis, Jacqulyn Buglisi and Louie Vega.

Leading out the parade will be over 100 New York City youth who will dance in their “debut on Broadway” after having participated in a ten-week dance education program in workshops sponsored by New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The workshops are run in urban centers in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

No Parade would be complete without the New York Dance Police (NYDP), a volunteer group of men and women who inspire the crowds to dance and celebrate the spirit of Dance Parade. Anyone caught not dancing could be ticketed which includes a summons to attend a free dance class in the city.

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WHY DID WE START DANCE PARADE? Dance Parade originated as a response to a court case seeking to overturn New York City’s 1926 Cabaret License Law that still restricts social dancing in bars and restaurants. A New York State Supreme Court Judge ruled in 2006 that social dancing was not considered “expressive activity” protected by the State Constitution’s freedom of expression amendment. Dancers and dance groups got together to create a vibrant cultural and dance event in response to the decision, and Dance Parade New York was born.

Dance Parade New York is an entity of Dance Parade Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose charitable mission is to promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form, while educating the public about opportunities to experience dance. The organization celebrates diversity by showcasing all forms of dance around the world through sponsorship of a yearly, citywide Dance Parade and Dance Festival.
Additional programs include education outreach, residencies and
artistic partnerships to aid in increased public awareness, and the
showcasing of dance in multiple ways.

For our Media Kit including high-resolution photos and more
information about Dance Parade and our Education programs please visit