Press Release – January 26, 2017

Press Release … January 26, 2017


New York, NY – January 26, 2017 – The largest dance event in the
Northeast is set for the 11th Annual Dance Parade and Festival in New
York City on Saturday, May 21. 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

“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.

Prior to the annual parade and festival, the organization’s Season 11
LIFT OFF party Sunday February 26th marks the beginning of a series of
build up events along with dance residencies in schools and community
centers. LIFT OFF will be held at the Taj lounge, 48 West 21st from
7-10pm and feature feel good music by DJ Ali Coleman and a Taste of
the Dance Parade Belly Dance, Mexican, Russian, Indian, Hip-Hop and
Fusion performances.


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
resturants. 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