Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Carlye Eckert

Dance Parade, Inc. is a volunteer supported non-profit organization and it is the dedication, expertise and passion of these individuals that make our events so successful!
In each issue of STEPS!, we choose a different volunteer to spotlight. We ask them a few questions about the magic they help create within the Dance Parade experience.  Check out how you can volunteer for the 2016 Parade by clicking here!
Hey Carlye, Thanks for taking the time to speak with us about your background and volunteering for Dance Parade!

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How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I came across Dance Parade in the East Village. I sort of stumbled upon it in Tompkins Square Park. Haha! Then this past fall at Dance/NYC I saw that Dance Parade was looking for someone to take over their Community Engagement Programs that brings dance education to schools and community centers.

What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc?
I’m Dance Parade’s community engagement director. My job is to bring Dance Parade Teaching Artists to all 5 boroughs this Spring, through our partnership with NYC Parks & Recreation, senior centers, and schools. Students who participate in these programs will dance down Broadway on Parade day!

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

Hmm, my favorite style of dance? Well, I’m a contemporary modern dancer, so that’s probably one of my favorite styles. If I had to get really specific I would probably say Limón (after José Limón) or Cunningham (Merce Cunningham). I also really enjoy House and Salsa. Haha!

What is your dance background or interest in dance?
I’m a dancer. I’ve been dancing for twenty-six years. I went to Juilliard here in New York City. I’m a professional dancer and choreographer, and I currently dance with the Brian Brooks Moving Company.

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 would have to say José Limón. He is one of the father’s of Modern Dance. The opportunity to be side by side someone who has been so influential in my career would be a gift.


What dance group or dance style are you most looking forward to seeing this coming year in the parade?
I’m most looking forward to seeing the flagging group called Spiral Effect. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing some flaggers. Haha!

If you could pick a Grand Marshall for this year’s parade who would it be?
I would have to pick Wendy Whelan. She’s a former NYC ballet dancer. I’d pick her because I feel that (in life) she’s the Grand Marshall of dance. She’s simply an incredibly charismatic personality. A true lover of dance.

Carlye dancing

Carlye dancing

What pitch would you use to attract a new volunteer onto the Dance Parade team?
I’m a firm believer that dance creates instantaneous community. I feel that if someone is looking for a sense of community I’d invite them to join Dance Parade. I think that’s what dance does. It brings people together.

If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival….which would it be?
I’d have to say Japan. I feel like it’s just so colorful and vibrant. I can just see the Dance Parade there.

What does this year’s theme mean to you?
I’m excited to be representing a facet of Dance Parade in it’s tenth year. Ten years is really a landmark. It’s just amazing that this has been going on for so long. I feel pretty excited about being involved with something that has roots, which can grow in so many different ways.