For Immediate Release
INTERNATIONAL DANCERS, CITY ARTS AGENCIES AND DANCE PARADE ORGANIZERS GATHER IN SUPPORT OF DANCE IN NEW YORK ON MAY 13TH AT NOON ON THE STEPS OF CITY HALL
INTERNATIONAL DANCERS, CITY ARTS AGENCIES AND DANCE PARADE ORGANIZERS GATHER IN SUPORT OF DANCE IN NEW YORK ON MAY 13TH AT NOON ON THE STEPS OF CITY HALL
Dance Parade New York Executive Director Greg Miller, Cultural Agencies, and over 50 dancers of diverse cultural traditions gather on the steps of New York’s City Hall in support of dance in New York as part of the Seventh Annual Dance Parade and Festival taking place on Saturday, May 18th.
New York Dance Parade is pleased to announce that students from our Community Engagement Program, workshops generously funded by our first ever Kickstarter campaign, will lead this year’s parade, which launches from 21st Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Grand Marshals Jacqulyn Buglisi, Chuck Davis and Louie Vega will be honoured at the occasion for their contribution to the dance universe. Close to 10,000 international dancers and movers will proceed down Broadway, turn left on 8th Street in Astor Place and will end at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, wrapping up the afternoon with a festival filled with free dance workshops, performances from a roster of world-class dance troupes.
In addition, Dance Parade announces this year’s projects presented in conjunction with its Community Engagement Program. Teaching artists will describe their five-week residencies in partnership with New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Over 100 youth from various recreation centers will celebrate the end of their five-week program by participating in the parade and presenting their work on stage at the post-parade Festival. Finally, Dance Parade reveals a special proclamation from New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, announcing May 18th “Dance Parade Day”.
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 a 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 dance 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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