Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Josef Pinlac

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 2015 Parade by clicking here!
Hey Josef, Thanks for taking the time to speak with us about your background and volunteering for Dance Parade!

Photo Credit: Katie Killary

How did you first find out about Dance Parade?

In 2010, I began a photo project documenting all the parades in New York City in 2010. I saw a listing in the Village Voice about the NYC Dance Parade, and I added it to my project list. It far surpassed my expectations and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it including Dance Fest at Tompkins Sq. Park after the parade. I am still working on this project to this day. New York City has hundreds of parades each year and the Dance Parade is one of the MUST-sees.

What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc?

My current role is photographer for whatever events I can fit in my schedule, including the Taste of Dance Parade and seasonal activities of the various dance groups that participate in the Dance Parade.

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

There are so many, but I really like watching modern and contemporary dance that mixes styles and tells a story through the dance performance. I tend to get shy, but in my heart I’m a pop dancer. I like to bust out moves from the 1980s. Running man, Michael Jackson choreography, you know…


Photo Credit: Katie Killary

What is your dance background or interest in dance?

I don’t have a background in dance except for the memorized choreography we performed in my elementary and middle school dance programs. I do have some martial arts in my background, and the movement of the human body has always interested me as a visual artist.

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?

Oh my goodness, another difficult question to answer. It’s got to be Michael Jackson. Even to this day his inventiveness still inspires around the world. I am not much of a choreographer, so it would probably have to be a collaboration.

What does this year’s theme “Live Free and Dance ” mean to you?

There was one summer where I visited my sister, her family, and my then 5-year-old niece was dancing on the grass in her bare feet to the music in her head. That sense of joy and happiness is the closest to what Live Free and Dance means to me.

What dance group or dance style are you most looking forward to seeing this coming year in the parade?

I always enjoy seeing more ballet and choreography. Is Dance New Amsterdam in the parade this year? They always have a fun performance.


Photo Credit: Katie Killary


If you could pick a Grand Marshall for this year’s parade who would it be?

I think Rosie Perez would make a great Grand Marshall! Her life story could inspire anyone.


Learn more about Josef Pinlac…Instagram / Website