DANCE PARADE AND DANCEFEST 2013
Dance Parade New York’s theme for its Seventh Annual Dance Parade and DanceFest was Unity through Dance, and while usually adversarial Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Council agreed in separate Proclamations, the value for Dance Parade on Saturday, May 18 2013.
Our three grand marshals showed unity of spirit. DanceAfrica founder, Baba “Chuck” Davis, breaking off from rehearsals at BAM to join us, arriving in an exquisite blue and gold dashiki, embroidered with a huge peace symbol, reminding us the Swahili word for unity – UMOJA, Jacqulyn Buglisi honoring peace through her work with the Buglisi Dance Company, and Grammy award-winner DJ Louie, with his 12 piece band of congas and brass, brought unity alive in the north east corner of Tompkins Square Park with an open air dance party that was like old New York where everybody danced with everybody, and we were all cool. There are some memorable vignettes from that day.
Nikki Creary, Parade Producer, standing on 21st street in a pink tutu directing a collision of dancers in spandex, sequins and feathers; Bolivian Tinkus dancers hobbling in their high heels after having danced for a mile from 21st & Broadway to Tompkins Square but still in good cheer and clapping and celebrating other dancers; Princess Lockeroo and her amazing Statue of Liberty costume holding a disco ball instead of the torch with her metal rubber men and whaacking; the Pink Tutu Ballet Company dancing to Middle Eastern oud; the beautiful Mazarte Dance Group with their softness of spirt in their feathered rainbow mohican headdress, and the exuberant Energy in the Middle Roller Disco group.
And none of it would be possible without the Dance Parade crew of newbies and experienced volunteers, the board of trustees and Greg Miller, Executive Director, who all showed unity of heart and countless hours of work behind the scenes to help make the day special for everybody.