New York Dance Police (NYDP)

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The 11th Annual New York Dance Parade & Festival on Saturday, May 20th, 2017

We are super excited to have you on board as a Dance Police Officer this year!
In addition to meetings to be announced, All officers are expected to meet at 21st Street & Broadway on Saturday, May 20th at 9:00am to receive your t-shirts and assignments for the day!
Meet fellow officers and learn about what your job will be on the 20th of May when we make Manhattan MOVE!

Become a member of our Facebook Community group HERE to stay in the loop!

If you have any questions please email chauncey@danceparade.org

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THE HISTORY OF THE NEW YORK DANCE POLICE

Since the first parade in 2007, the NYDP have ticketed folks walking in parade or audience members along the parade route not having fun or NOT DANCING.  The NYDP formed as a reaction to the New York City Police Department’s Cabaret Task force of the 1990’s and 2000’s in which, bars, clubs and restaurants were ticketed or shutdown for having patrons who danced.  The 1926 Cabaret License was challenged in 2006 in the State Supreme Court by four groups of dancers who argued that not being able to dance socially infringed on their freedom of speech.  The dancers lost their case and the city’s cabaret licensing requirement remains on the books but before the appeal took place, Dance Parade aimed to who through many forms of dance that social dance is indeed expressive.  For more information about this movement, go to www.legalizedancing.org

The New York Dance Police (NYDP) ticket folks for NOT dancing, issuing summons to free or discounted dance classes or parties.  Volunteers receive a hat, t-shirt, whistle and ticket book and are also asked to distribute programs to audience members along the parade route.

A brief meetup will occur a week or two before the 10th Annual Dance Parade and Festival.  We hope you’ll join us to shake up the city with more dance.

THANK YOU!

Don’t forget to join the NYDP Community Page on Facebook

Plus follow @DanceParadeNYC on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr

 

JOIN the NYDP here!!!

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DANCE PARADE IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN AND WOMEN TO JOIN THE FORCE…THE NEW YORK DANCE POLICE!

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click to join the NYDP Facebook Page!

ALL NYDP OFFICERS WILL BE RECEIVING AN EMAIL WITH THEIR ASSIGNMENTS AND STATIONS FOR THE DAY…KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR IT IN YOUR INBOX!

***PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU’VE REGISTERED AS A VOLUNTEER BEFOREHAND and that you’ve signed the VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT FORM as it’s very important to the organization in making sure we know exactly who will be working with us prior to as well as on the day of the parade.

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  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AS A VOLUNTEER

Members of the NYDP peruse the crowd and issue out summonses to individuals seen standing still, not participating and looking like they’re simply not having a good time!   Enforcing positive energy and sheer fun is the mantra of the NYDP. The “ticketed” offenders receive coupons donated by local dance companies and schools for discount passes and FREE CLASSES at their schools, which are good for up to one year. These ‘citations’ also promote our annual parade and festival.
 

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NYDP HISTORY:

The NYDP appeared in the first Dance Parade down Broadway and Fifth Avenue May 17th 2007. Sergeant Judy Grooves rallied the first squadron of 12 NYDP officers to ticket “bystanders” who were not moving to the groove…either out of rhythm, glum or just plain standing there, were all good reasons to be written up. Judgments against guilty parties have resulted in offenders being sentenced to Dance Halls, studios or nightclubs to practice or learn a style of dance. The Dance Parade Organization currently seeks additional NYDP officers to light up the city, citing “bystanders”, inspiring folks to dance and registering folks for the next dance parade. Prospective Officers apply here and Commisioner Chauncey will get back to you, VOLUNTEER HERE!!!

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NYDP 2012
photo by Robert Hurwitz

 

Dance Police - writing a ticket

Has your neighborhood, school, local bar, nightclub or dance studio been a moving a little more slowly these days? Print out these tickets and spread the word about Dance Parade 2015:
Dance Parade 2015 Tickets
Note the back of the tickets contain valuable coupons for discounts at dance studios and for the Official Dance Parade After Party at Affaire.

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