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A WORLD RENOWNED CHOREOGRAPHER, A DANCE INNOVATOR, A GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING DJ JOIN 10,000 DANCERS IN THE 7TH ANNUAL NYC DANCE PARADE AND FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013
[New York] March 25, 2013 – Dance Parade is pleased to announce three Grand Marshals for the Seventh Annual Dance Parade and Festival on Saturday, May 18, 2013: world renowned choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi, DanceAfrica founder Baba Chuck Davis and Grammy Award- winning DJ Louie Vega will lead. These three icon Grand Marshals will be joined by 10,000 local and international dancers. Dance Parade registration is open to everyone; $50 for groups and free for individuals of all ages and styles of dance.
The Dance Parade and Festival is the only one to celebrate dance in all its myriad forms. It is a moving street parade through Greenwich Village, with a festival featuring staged performances, free workshops and dance classes in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. This year’s theme, Unity Through Dance, will have 200 dance groups performing 80 styles of dance from African to belly dancing, hip-hop, Peruvian, roller disco, Jamaican Dance Hall, tango and zouk. The event will also feature 200 youth who have participated in Dance Parade’s Community Engagement Education program sponsored by New York City Departments of Parks and Recreation, with additional support by Dance Parade’s Board of Directors and a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
On Sunday, April 28th, the Dance Parade will host the 7th Annual International Dance Day Gala at Dixon Place, New York City from 6-9 pm. The evening will include live entertainment reflecting the diversity of age, ethnicity and dance genres found in the tri-state area with Andanza Flamenco (FLAMENCO); Calvin Wiley/Calvinography; Dancing Rubies/Bellydance America’s Raks Stars (BELLY DANCE); Fusha Dance Company (AFRICAN); Kizomba Dance2Heartbeat (KIZOMBA); The Loft Practice (HOUSE HIP HOP); Mazarte Dance Group (MEXICAN CARNIVAL); Neville Dance Theatre (CONTEMPORARY); NIWA (MODERN); Rise Hip Hop; The Shakedown (FUNK) and Times Squares Square Dance (MODERN WESTERN SQUARE). Tickets are available by visiting danceparade.org. Proceeds go to support production of the Parade and Festival.
There will be a Dance Parade Press Conference taking place on Monday, May 13th, 12pm, on the steps of New York City Hall.
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 types of dances around the world through sponsorship of a yearly, citywide parade and festival. Additional programs include education outreach, residencies and artistic partnerships to increase public awareness and showcasing dance on multiple platforms.
Dance Parade Inc. is a 501©3 non-profit organization
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