Dance Parade, Inc. is a volunteer supported non-profit organization! It is the dedication, expertise and rhythm of these brave few that are solely responsible for the success of the event and all the background work that goes on all year long leading up to the parade and festival. Every month, we choose a different volunteer to spotlight. We ask them a few questions to let you know who they are, where they’ve come from and where they see themselves in the future. Want to become a volunteer? Click here!
Meet DanceFest Producer Jamila Holman
Jamila Holman, has come on board in a firestorm of passion and positivity! Her dance background is fierce and formidable and her enthusiasm is certainly infectious! She is also the voice of our 2014 PSA promoting our 8th Annual Parade & Festival! Take a listen…
Let’s start at the very beginning shall we?
Greetings Jamila! How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I was searching for a volunteer group that will allow me to share my love and passion for dance. I just googled NYC volunteer and found Dance Parade on www.nycservice.org . I was shocked and excited at the same time when I learned NYC had a parade dedicated to dance. Being a dancer in NYC I thought this was something I should of known about and had to be apart of.
What is your current role in Dance Parade?
My current role is Producer of DanceFest, the festival that immediately follows the parade in Tompkins Square Park.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?
I love watching all styles of dance. If I can see and feel the passion and love that resonates of the dancers as they perform, it doesn’t matter what style they are doing, in the end it’s all wonderfully beautiful.
What is your dance background?
I started dancing at the age of 6, studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip hop, African dance, and Lyrical. I’ve studied under famous choreographers like Frank Hatchet and many others. I had the opportunity to be a Knicks City Dancer and perform at the infamous Madison Square Garden. I currently choreograph and dance for Recording Artist Lisa Lisa of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, touring around the nation.
If you could share the stage with anyone in history famous or not, living or deceased, a trained dancer or not, performing a routine, choreographed by yourself…who would it be?
Janet Jackson all the way. She has inspired me so much as a performer. Even though she is a Recording Artist, her music videos and concerts were all about dance.
What does this year’s theme “Be The Momentum” mean to you?
To be apart of something that is positive and inspiring and has the ability to bring ALL people together. To move with the energy of love and passion and sharing that with the community.
What dance group are you most looking forward to seeing this year in the parade?
I’m looking forward to seeing all the dance groups. However I am excited to see Energy in the Middle the Roller Disco group. Their’s just something about doing dance choreography on skates that thrills me.
If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival….which would it be?
Mumbai (Bombay), India, the birth place of Bollywood. If you have ever seen any Bollywood movies or music videos it is evident that dance is a huge part of their culture. Their dance style combines styles from all around the globe. It’s a melting pot of moves from African dance, American (Hip-hop), European, and Asian styles. Having the parade their and bringing all these countries together to walk down the street and share what they love will be amazing.
Volunteering at a non profit organization can at times be daunting and frustrating with limited personnel and limited funding….what is it that keeps you coming back for more and more?
The love of the cause, and the amazing people that are a part of it.