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.
This time we introduce you to one of our Dance Parade team rookies…Jaime Jaget!
Greetings Jaime! How did you first stumble upon Dance Parade?
I was looking for dance related volunteer work and happened to stumble across Dance Parade on the internet. I found its ideology to be really interesting and fun!
What is your current role in Dance Parade?
My current role is in the Marketing and Social Media department. I help out Chauncey with maintaining social media and putting together STEPS! our online e-newsletter. You can subscribe at link on the lower left of the Dance Parade website mainpage.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?
My favorite style of dance to watch is by far tap. Seeing a tap dance preformed with great percussion and rhythm is breathtaking. It never fails to leave me amazed. However, I prefer to participate contemporary because its my “comfort zone.”
What is your dance background?
I started dancing recreationally at age three at my local studio. As I grew older I began taking it more seriously and started to choreograph at the same studio. I’m currently enrolled in dance classes at Hunter College and take lessons at Broadway Dance Center in NYC as much as possible to push my current abilities.
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?
Being completely honest… I would have to say Beyonce. That girl can move! She probably has a thing or two to teach me as well.
What does the 2013 Dance Parade theme “Unity Through Dance” mean to you?
For me, it addresses dance’s power to bring people together. Dance has the ability to build some of the strongest relationships because you are forced to trust and work together with people you may have otherwise never known. The style is irrelevant. Dance is universal in its ability to create bonds.
What dance group are you most looking forward to seeing this year in the parade?
I can’t tell you just one!
If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival in which would it be?
Hmm! That’s a tough one! I would have to go with an island in the Caribbean. Seeing an abundance of styles from that geographical region in one parade would be awesome!
Volunteering at a non profit organization can at times be daunting and frustrating with limited personnel and limited funding….what is it that interests you in the organization?
It is mainly my love for dance that drove me to begin volunteering with this organization. The organization and I both have strong views on the need for dance in all forms as a means of self-expression.
Describe your most special memory from Dance Parades past?
I’m new, so I’m hoping to make some great memories at this year’s up coming parade!
What salesman pitch would you use to attract a new volunteer into joining the team at Dance Parade?
I would say… The parade and what it stands for is spectacular, and those who you work with to create it are even better!