NEWS ADVISORY For Immediate Release: Friday, May 18, 2012



For Immediate Release: Friday, May 18, 2012

Contact: Rebecca Myles, 267-350-9213

What: Thousands of dancers will salsa, samba and hip hop on the streets of New York Saturday for the Sixth Annual Dance Parade and DanceFest.

Highlights of the Parade and Festival are 6,000 dancers from 150 groups doing over 70 dance styles  – Korean, Tahitian,  Bhangra, Algerian, Ballet, Belly Dancing, Bolivian Tinkus, Caporales, Bulgarian, Hip Hop, Salsa, Skate Boarding on Crutches, Roller Disco, Cheerleading and Aerialists.

100 youth from a City funded education dance program in Inwood, Washington Heights, East Harlem and Jamaica, Queens, will dance for the first time in this year’s Parade.

The Parade, which unites dancers of all genres throughout the City under the 2012 theme “United We Dance Parade,” honors four Grand Marshals – prima ballerina Ashley Tuttle, choreographer Elisa Monte, dancer Bill Shannon and DJ Jonathan Peters.  The Parade, which starts at 21st Street and Broadway, moves and grooves south through Union Square, into Astor Place where each group will be presented before a Grandstand.  Then east on St. Mark’s Place where the Parade dancers two-steps their ways into Tompkins Square Park in the East Village for DanceFest.  Starting at 3pm, the Festival is a four-hour program of free dance performances, workshops, lessons and social dancing scattered throughout the Park.

When: Saturday, May 19, at 1pm to 7pm

Where:  Broadway and 21st St. and Tompkins Square Park

Dance Parade Inc., which began in 2006 is a 501 (c) 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 visit