Volunteer Spotlight : Dawn Paap

Dawn Paap, Marketing Team

“Need a way to connect with a community of great artists in NYC?  Start here!  You’ll be amazed by who you meet.” ~ Dawn

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 joined the Dance Police force for the annual Halloween Parade in NYC.  It was a blast handing out citations to the TV reporters and to the NYPD for seemingly impersonating  Dance Police Officers.  They were great sports, and some couldn’t get enough of our antics!  So, it was the best introduction I could have imagined to the Dance Parade team.

What is your current role in Dance Parade?

I’m a Dance Media Editor, Illustrator, and Vlogger.  As part of the marketing team for Dance Parade,  I help develop creative Social Media campaigns, and write the monthly Dance Genre Buzz for Dance Parade’s Dance Education Series.  I’ve also been deemed the ‘Dance Video Queen’ by the staff for my role as Web Producer for Video Dance TV.

What is your favorite style of dance to watch? 

I couldn’t choose one style as my favorite-because I really enjoy all styles of dance.  I consider myself a movement junkie, because I love circus, parkour, freerunning, martial arts, yoga, gymnastics, and anything dance related.
To participate in?
Generally, it’s hip hop, partner dancing, free styling at clubs, or various dance classes when I can afford them.  I’m hooked on yoga and circus right now-trampoline being my favorite-even though its the least practical apparatus to be addicted to!

What is your dance background?

Contemporary hip hop, West African, Argentine Tango, East Coast Swing, Ballroom, and Modern.  I’ve toyed with Breakdancing, Krumping, Aerial Dance, Tumbling, and Fire Spinning.
What can I say?  I enjoy learning new things!

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?

Donald O’Connor -all the way!  I love his comedic flair, and who can forget his solo in “Make ‘Em Laugh” for “Singing in the Rain?” I’d love to be as adorable on stage!

What does the Dance Parade slogan “one parade, many cultures” mean to you?

Dance to me, means unity and community.  Dance Parade offers many artists a unique opportunity to celebrate diversity and share a common love of dance, in all its forms.

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

New groups are always inspiring to see.  I like everything, traditional dance to contemporary. I also enjoy the Aerial Dancers at the DanceFest, because they always rock out some great performances!

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

Elizabeth Streb.  She’s amazing and one of my absolute favorites.  I’ve enjoyed training at her studio for years.

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, because he’s my partner in Social Media crime!  He’s also a super fantsie DJ, and a great friend.

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

I think Japan would be a blast!

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 common goals of the volunteers and their awesome personalities!  The events are fun too…

Describe your most special memory from Dance Parades past?
My first parade was a blast.  I hung out with friends, soaked in the entire atmosphere & thanked god I lived in NYC where artists are celebrated and appreciated to such a high degree.

What salesman pitch would you use to attract a new volunteer into the cult that is Dance Parade?

Need a way to connect with a community of great artists in NYC?  Start here!  You’ll be amazed by who you meet.

Dawn is also responsible for our monthly Genre Buzz featured in STEPS! the official e-newsletter of Dance Parade New York as well as numerous other innovative and cutting edge marketing strategies that have been extremely crucial to Dance Parade’s success and attention.   You can also check out her Dance Films of the Day and more on her YouTube Page : VIDEODANCETV