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Manny Ward (The Sound Factory Bar)
Ali Coleman (Voice of Voice NY / Baby Disco)
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House Coalition, the biggest and boldest of the social dance groups to parade in the annual NYC Dance Parade and DanceFest, is proud to announce the selection of its 2014 theme as well as of this year’s headliner DJ.
House Coalition Celebrates Frankie Knuckles: “Where Love Lives”
To celebrate the life and legacy of Francis Nichols, better known to the dance world as the Godfather of House, Frankie Knuckles, and to mark his recent passing on 31 March 2014, House Coalition is dedicating its participation in the 2014 Parade to Frankie Knuckles. Our theme this year, “Where Love Lives,” is an homage to Frankie’s spirit and person, as well as to his music. The title comes from the classic by Alison Limerick made famous by Frankie’s symphonic, soaring remix—a perfect example of his musical genius.
The Gallery’s Nicky Siano headlines House Coalition 2014!
To complete our celebration of Frankie’s legacy, House Coalition is excited to announce that this year’s headliner DJ is none other than Studio 54’s famously flamboyant pioneer DJ and seminal disco producer Nicky Siano. Best known in the mainstream for creating the soaring, sexy soundscapes of dynamic diva-driven disco that made Studio 54 irresistibly surreal, Nicky’s most celebrated in the Underground for designing the first crossover, and inventing beatmixing at his legendary Gallery—the “first disco,” which he also opened. A guru to Frankie Knuckles and the late great Larry Levan, Nicky Siano helped shape the world of nightlife for dancers the world over; his playlists at Studio 54 became the hit lists for disco everywhere, and his quirky “space disco” productions are coveted classics among Underground musicologists.
On the weekend after King Street’s most hallowed block is finally renamed for the Garage’s revered Larry Levan, House Coalition is thrilled that we can celebrate the life of the Godfather of House with his professional guide and personal friend, whose seminal contributions to disco helped make house possible. Nicky joins House Coalition DJs Antonio Ocasio & Ali Coleman on the float, and Blind Faith Collective’s Francis Nishida is slated to play for our famous “warm-up line-up block party.”
NYC Dance Parade this year rolls on Saturday, 17 May 2014. House Coalition is the Parade’s biggest and most anticipated group (200+ dancers), and annually anchors the “club” section at the rear. Past headliner DJs include the legendary ‘Jellybean’ Benitez, Jihad Muhammad, Kervyn Mark, Wil Milton & others. House Coalition was also instrumental contact for last year’s Grand Marshall and Grammy Award winner Louie Vega. House Coalition has paraded every year since Dance Parade’s inception in 2006. House Coalition’s leader and founder is ‘Loft Kid’ Luis Vargas, head of production at The Loft NYC and founding member of Blind Faith Collective.