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Contact: Greg Miller
TEN THOUSAND DANCERS SHOWCASING 80 STYLES OF DANCE GATHER FROM BROADWAY TO THE EAST VILLAGE FOR THE SEVENTH ANNUAL DANCE PARADE AND FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013
New York, February 10, 2013 – Over 10,000 dancers will participate in the Seventh Annual Dance Parade and Festival in New York on Saturday May 18th 2013, starting at 1:00pm. Over 200 dance groups will showcase 80 unique dance styles and cultures down Broadway in a multi-cultural, rhythm-infused, magical display of movement, art and color. Styles as diverse as African, Balkan, ballet, belly dance, bhangra, Bolivian Tinkus, cheer, hip hop, house, Jamaican Dance Hall, modern, Morris, Peruvian, roller disco, samba, Tahitian, tango and zouk will all be featured.
The Parade unites dancers of all genres throughout New York City under the 2013 theme Unity Through Dance. It begins at 1pm on 21st Street and Broadway, moves south through Union Square, into Astor Place where each group dances before a Grandstand. Turning east on St. Mark’s Place (8th Street), Parade dancers salsa, swing and two-step their way into Tompkins Square Park in the East Village for DanceFest. The Festival, a four-hour program of free dance performances, workshops, lessons and social dancing, is scattered throughout the Park. Parade registration is open to everyone, $50 for groups and free to individuals of all ages and styles of dance.
“For one day only, the streets of New York are softened with the grace of human movement. Dance Parade is a celebration of dance,” says Greg Miller, Executive Director of Dance Parade, Inc. “In the melting pot of so many diverse New York cultures, our passion for dance can be celebrated all in one place. We want to educate the public in a way that inspires folks to take on this fun and healthy activity. “
One of this year’s confirmed Grand Marshals is 4 time nominated and Grammy Award winning DJ, producer, songwriter and composer Louie Vega (Masters at Work, Elements of Life). For over two decades, Vega has influenced dance music, and the music world in general. He has worked with artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Tito Puente, Black Eyes Peas, and more. “After years in the studio, clubs and DJing what makes my heart beat on the floor is when I see live and in front the reactions of people when they are dancing,” says Vega. Past Dance Parade Grand Marshalls have included DJ Kool Herc (Hip-Hop), Luiji (Jazz Dance), DJ’s JellyBean Benitiz, Jonathan Peters and Danny Tenaglia, Joseph Harrington (Billy Elliot), Elisa Monte, Charles Reinhardt (American Dance Festival) Luis Salgado (In the Heights), Ellenore Scott (So You Think You Can Dance) and Ashley Tuttle (American Ballet Theater).
This year’s Parade will also feature 200 youth who will perform dance routines produced through a five-week education program of dance workshops sponsored by New York City Departments of Parks and Recreation, and funded by Dance Parade’s Board of Directors, and a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The workshops have been running in Jamaica, Queens, Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn and Inwood in Washington Heights and in East Harlem in Manhattan. Shireen Dickson, Dance Parade’s Education Coordinator, said “It’s exciting to see so many young people turn up for our dance workshops. The biggest thrill is watching them take classroom exercises into a Parade presentation, and then to watch their minds open as they become part of a larger community of dancers, all while making their ‘Broadway debut!’”
Another unique tradition of the Dance Parade is the annual New York Dance Police (NYDP), a volunteer group of “hype” men and women who inspire the crowds to dance and celebrate the spirit of Dance Parade. Giving out tickets to audiences who weren’t dancing, or who didn’t seem to project the vibe of the parade, NYDP sentenced “guilty parties” to dance halls, studios or nightclubs to practice or learn a style of dance.
ABOUT DANCE PARADE NEW YORK
Dance Parade originated as a reaction to a 2006 lawsuit against New York City’s 1926 Cabaret License Law that restricts social dancing. After New York State Supreme Court Judge ruled that social dancing was not considered expressive activity protected by the State Constitution’s freedom of expression amendment, the organization leveraged an outpouring of vibrant cultural and dance expression into what became a nonprofit artistic and cultural event.
Dance Parade New York is an entity of Dance Parade Inc whose 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, residencies and artistic partnerships to aid in increased public awareness, and the showcasing of dance on multiple levels.
For our Media Kit including high resolution photos and more information about Dance Parade and our Education programs please visit: danceparade.org/media-downloads
Dance Parade Inc I is a 501© non-profit organization
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