Volunteer Spotlight : Meet Dance Parade Veteran and Audio/Tech Master Bobby Speakerwire

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.


Introducing the one and only, Bobby Speakerwire!


Hey there Bobby!   Let’s start at the very beginning shall we?  How did you first stumble upon Dance Parade?
I came across the dance parade from friends that work for the city and my fellow DJ buddies and I met DJ McDonald and everybody from dancing on the benches in the pouring rain in Washington Square Park the day of the 1st parade

What is your current role in Dance Parade?

My current role is Audio/Technical Lead, I work with my friend Luis Vargas in making sure all the audio & sounds run smoothly for all Dance Parade events and then some.   I pretty much try to work with the whole team in anyway I can.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?

I like watching all styles of dance from kids to adults, as long as they’re having fun and letting loose it doesn’t really matter to me, dance is an artform and an expression of the mind, body and soul.   If it wasn’t for my disabilities I would partake in dancing as much as i can.
What is your dance background?
I try to shake my ass wherever I go…

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?

(laughing) Considering I love all styles of dance and anyone willing to perform dance moves in front of an audience, that’s a really tough question…..but i love leather & lace so it would definitely be someone freaky for sure!
What does the 2013 Dance Parade theme “Unity Through Dance” mean to you?

To me it means no matter who you are :  your race, gender, sexual preference, your shape, your size or your age, we are all human beings and we are all equal.   United we can dance together and hope for change, good times and a better life…  I’d dance with you…will you dance with me?  (laughing again)

What dance group are you most looking forward to seeing this year in the parade?
I would like to see them all, from the groups that have supported us from day one all the way to the newbies.   Unfortunately, since I am running around like a crazy man making sure all goes well the day of the parade, I only get to see glimpses here and there.   One group I definitely do try to make it to see is Dance Parade’s group of ‘munchkins’  The Stage Stars.    I believe in starting kids out dancing when they’re young.   They are the future and the ones who can change the world.
If you could pick a Grand Marshall for this year’s parade….who would it be?

I’m happy with having anybody on board to help the cause, this year we have the legendary Louie Vega, Jacqulyn Buglisi and Baba Chuck!   You have to keep in mind, Dance Parade New York is not only a parade and a festival, but we are also “trying” to repeal the (stupid) cabaret law from 1926 that states it is illegal to dance in NYC.   Anyone willing to support and lend a helping hand is a-ok in my book.

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?

Since ive pretty much been with the dance parade since the begging, I have seen people come and go over the years, I know deep down inside who the real team is and the whole team deserves to be in the spotlight for their hard work and  volunteer efforts.
If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival in which would it be?

Honestly I would love to see a Dance Parade take place all over the globe.   We are in our 7th year now and the parade keeps growing and growing.   We shall see where the future takes us.

Volunteering at a non profit organization can at times be dauntingand frustrating with limited personnel and limited funding….what is it that interests you in the organization?

Since I am legally disabled due to a drunk driver,  I’ve got nothing but time on my hands and I enjoy putting that time to good use for a good cause that I believe in.   Since I really can’t dance like I used to, I want to see people enjoying themselves in ways I might never be able to again.
Describe your most special memory from Dance Parades past?

The very first parade, dancing down Broadway in the rain with DJ Danny Tenaglia and  then dancing in the rain in Washington Square Park and meeting everybody.   It has all been a historic journey from that moment on.   We are trying to make the parade and festival bigger and better each year by adding more unique dance styles to our list and expanding our mission to education programs throughout the year.    There are special moments every year and all year long.
What salesman pitch would you use to attract a new volunteer into joining the team at Dance Parade?
Do you like to dance?  Do you like the music?  Do you like shows?   Do you want to be part of an amazing NYC experience???   Come and join Dance Parade, Inc. and see what all the fuss is about as we dance down Broadway on Saturday, May 18th!

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