Volunteer Spotlight : Amanda Alston

“…the amount of LOVE that was in the air for dance was INCREDIBLE!”

Dance Parade, Inc. is a volunteer supported non-profit organization! It is the dedication, expertise and rhythm of these brave few that are solely responsible for the success of the event and all the background work that goes on all year long leading up to the parade and festival. Every month, we choose a different volunteer to spotlight.   We ask them a few questions to let you know who they are, where they’ve come from and where they see themselves in the future.

How did you first stumble upon Dance Parade?

I was introduced to Dance Parade through the Creative Director of Dance Parade,  Brian Austin.

What is your current role in Dance Parade?

I am a graphic design intern for Dance Parade.

What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?

I embrace a wide range of dance, but to watch I would have to say SALSA! I also love to dance it. It’s a great dance that moves your soul!

What is your dance background?

Dance to me is a form of art and I am an artist. My dance background list is lengthy but to sum it up I enjoy dancing hip-hop, techno, trance, salsa, merengue, reggaeton, and  reggae.

If you could share the stage with anyone in history famous or not, living or deceased, a trained dancer or not, performing a routine choreographed by yourself…who would it be?

I love dancers that embrace the music. Dancers that you can see the passion within them with every move they make. There are so many phenomenal dancers to choose from, though I was recently moved by a friends art/dance project, Gabriel Serrano. He is a PHENOMENAL DANCER! I’ve never seen him dance before and when I did, I was captivated. So, if I had to choreograph a dance and have someone participate in dancing with me. It would definitely be him.

What does the Dance Parade slogan “United We…Dance Parade” mean to you?

When I hear the word “United”, I think of family and togetherness. The slogan in whole to me means together as a family we dance with Dance Parade.

What dance group are you most looking forward to seeing this year in the parade?

This is a difficult question. All the groups are amazing dancers! Honestly, I’m looking forward to seeing all of them and being inspired!

If you could pick a Grand Marshall for this year’s parade….who would it be?

I would definitely have to pick Chris Brown. He is a phenomenal dancer and FEELS the music from the core of his soul! He puts every ounce of his energy in being a performer and as clear as day.

Part of volunteering has a lot to do with strong leadership skills and major teamwork skills….if you were to pick a volunteer of the
month…who would you choose?

I would choose Chauncey Dandridge. He shows so much passion and much effort in working with this organization. His passion inspires me!

If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival….which would it be?

I would choose the UK. I think that would be a great country to hold Dance Parade in.

Volunteering at a non profit organization can at times be daunting and frustrating with limited personnel and limited funding….what is it that keeps you coming back for more and more?

The love of dance! Dance Parade is special. This organization has so much love for the art of dance! To be a part of this organization is to promote and be a part of what I love which is art in all it’s form. It’s definitely personal for me.

Describe your most special memory from Dance Parades past?

Last year, at the 5th annual parade, the amount of LOVE that was in the air for dance was INCREDIBLE!

What do you think is missing from Dance Parade right now that you’d like to see?

I think adding some “Cirque Du Soleil” but in a form of dance would be outstanding! I think it can lure in a new crowd of people who are not dancers, but would be amazed by the art.

Amanda is responsible for a lot of the work that went into creating our 2012 campaign creatives.  You’ll also see some of her work displayed on our street banners that will adorn parts of NYC as well as the parade route along St. Mark’s Place!