New York, April 23, 2012 – Dance Parade is pleased to announce world-renowned New York dance institutions – The Ailey Extension and Lori Belilove and The Isadora Duncan Dance Company – are among this year’s participants at Dance Festival. Dance Parade New York is the only dance organization in the world to exclusively celebrate and showcase the diversity of dance, and marks its sixth year on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 1pm Eastern.
The Dance Parade commences at 1pm at Broadway and 21st Street, traveling 2 miles south through Union Square, turns east onto St. Mark’s Place and ends in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. The three-hour post-parade Dance Festival, to start at 3pm, and will feature two performance stages, dance lessons, workshops, dance parties and kids activities. All events are free to the public.
The Ailey Extension’s SharQui™ Bellydance Workout will take place at the Dance Festival in Tompkins Square Park. The program offers dance and fitness classes in over 25 different techniques that are designed for the general public. With more than 80 classes each week, the Ailey Extension, makes dance accessible to everyone. Dancers from The Isadora Duncan Dance Company will perform on stage during the Dance Festival. Isadora Duncan was the inventor of American Modern dance.
Dance Parade, since its inception in 2007, has seen 30 of the 200+ groups participate for all five years; dancer participation has increased four fold; and spectators have increased by nearly 50% each year, with an estimated 65,000 attendees in 2012. The impressive list of dance genres to be represented in the Sixth Annual parade will include traditional, cultural, urban, electronic, and club dance styles. Participants and spectators can check into the parade on FourSquare as a moving target or post real-time videos to Dance Parade’s YouTube channel. Fans can also follow the parade on Twitter and Facebook.
ABOUT DANCE PARADE NEW YORK Dance Parade New York is an entity of Dance Parade Inc., which began in 2006 as a 501©3 non-profit organization. Its charitable mission is to promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form, while educating the public about opportunities to experience dance. Dance Parade 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 and artistic partnerships to aid in increased public awareness and the showcasing of dance on multiple levels. For more information about Dance Parade New York’s programs, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, or to donate, please www.danceparade.org.
ABOUT THE AILEY EXTENSION Since its inception in 2005, The Ailey Extension has fulfilled Mr. Ailey’s life-long commitment of bringing dance to everyone by offering “real classes for real people.” The Extension offers over 80 classes per week in over 25 different dance and fitness techniques for all levels. Over 48,000 people have taken classes at Ailey’s home, New York’s largest building dedicated to dance, where dancers of all levels and walks of life can learn and be inspired – body, mind, and spirit! For more information, please visit aileyextension.com For photos and press materials, please visit pressroom.alvinailey.org