For Immediate Release
Contact: Rebecca Myles
THOUSANDS OF DANCERS SALSA, SAMBA AND HIP HOP ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK FOR DANCE PARADE AND FESTIVAL SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2012.
New York, May 19, 2012 – Over 6,000 dancers will attend the Sixth Annual Dance Parade and Festival today in New York. 150 dance groups showcasing 80 different dance styles and cultures dance down Broadway in a multi-cultural, rhythm-infused, magical display of movement, art and color. Every dance style will be seen from Korean, to Tahitian, Bhangra to Belly Dancing, Hip Hop to Salsa to Skate Boarding on Crutches, and Roller Disco and Cheerleading.
“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. “
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, starts at 21st Street and Broadway, moves and grooves 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 ways into Tompkins Square Park in the East Village for Dance Fest. The Festival, a four-hour program of free dance performances, workshops, lessons and social dancing is scattered throughout the Park.
This year’s Parade features 100 young people who learned dance routines through a five-week education program of dance workshops sponsored by New York City Departments of Parks and Recreation, and funded by a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Charles Evans Foundation. The workshops have been running in Jamaica, Queens, and Inwood, Washington Heights, 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 for them is to take a classroom exercise, include them in the Parade, and watch their minds opening to being part of a larger community of dancers, and for them to have their Broadway debut!”
Dance Parade, since its inception in 2007 has seen 30 of the 200+ groups participate for all five years, dance participate has increased four fold, and spectators have increased by nearly 50% each year, with an estimated 65,000 attendees this year. The impressive list of dance genres represented in this year’s Parade will included traditional, cultural, urban, electronic and club dance styles.
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 more information about Dance Parade programs, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, or to donate, please visit danceparade.org
Dance Parade Inc 61 West 104th Street Suite 3B New York, NY 10025 Tel: 267-350-9213 danceparade.org