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!
Hi Gabriel, Thanks for taking the time to speak with us about your background and volunteering for Dance Parade!
How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I first heard of the Dance Parade New York three years ago. I just sorta hopped over the barricade and became part of the action.
What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc?
I’m usually a member of the Dance Police, and this past year I worked at the Grand Stand during the parade.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?
My favorite style of dance? Jookin. Anything with really great foot-work. You know how some people have a foot fetish? Well, I have a foot-work fetish. Haha!
What is your dance background or interest in dance?
I took three tap dance classes in the second grade. Haha! I finally took a handful of dance classes, but I’m basically self taught.
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 want to share the stage with Noam Chomsky, Old Dirty Bastard, and Bender from Futurama. We’d form a four person conga line.
What dance group or dance style are you most looking forward to seeing this coming year in the parade?
I’d like to see something new this year. Maybe get a Jookin group or two.
If you could pick a Grand Marshall for this year’s parade who would it be?
I’d definitely like to see somebody from the Rock Steady Crew.
What pitch would you use to attract a new volunteer onto the Dance Parade team?
I’d let them know first off that it’s not stress free, but every minute is fun. How often do you get to help people express their dreams and passions?
If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival….which would it be?
I think I’d want to hold the Dance Parade in some really repressed country. Any place that doesn’t have the freedom to assemble peacefully.
What does this year’s theme mean to you?
I’m very happy that the NYC Dance Parade is going 10 years strong. Can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us.