Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Jenny Boissiere, Choreographer and Co-Parade Production Lead!

How did you first find out about Dance Parade?  
I really wanted to get involved with a local organization that supported and promoted dance throughout New York City. 
What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc? 

I am one of the Co-Production Leads for this year’s parade!

What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?
I love watching Hip-hop and break dancers. I love the ways those styles embody music. Currently, I participate in contemporary/modern dance as well as contact improvisation.  
What is your dance background or interest in dance? 
I started dancing when I was 3 years old when my mom put me in my first creative movement class. In New Orleans I studied jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance. I received a BA in Dance from Washington University in St Louis. 
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?
Twyla Tharp! I think she is fabulous. Although our styles are very different, I would love to learn from her and collaborate with her. I would learn so much. 
What does this year’s theme “Dance for Peace” mean to you?
Dance has the ability to bring people together because it does not need a common verbal language. It is ancient, builds community and connects us. Right now, many of us need to pull together to find this sense of community. For me community can create peace instead of isolation and destruction.  
What dance group or dance style are you most looking forward to seeing this coming year in the parade?
I can’t wait to see the Capoeira groups dancing down Broadway!
If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival….which would it be?
New Zealand! Let’s bring DP around the world!
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?

So far it has been a really fun journey. I feel like I am learning a ton about the organization and what it takes to put on an event this size. 

Describe a special memory you have from Dance Parades past?
Because this is my first Dance Parade, I look forward to making memories of Dance Parade 2017!