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.
Greetings Marjorie! How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I was attending a book signing at the Argentinan Consulate in Manhattan for my friend Annabella Lenzu. At the reception I was speaking to DJ MacDonald, Volunteer Coordinator and In House Curator, and he introduced me to Greg Miller, Dance Parade’s founder who was also attending the event. Although I knew about the parade through my affiliaton with Dance New Amsterdam, as a board member, I never knew the core people behind the event itself.
What is your current role in Dance Parade?
I am working with the Production Team and Dance Group Outreach to help bring back former participants and acquire new potential dance groups to the event.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?
Its hard for me to say that I have one particular favorite style that I like to watch. I have eclectic taste and enjoy watching many types of dance. I currently take weekly modern dance classes but am looking to explore social dancing again such as tango, salsa, hustle, which I enjoyed doing years ago.
What is your dance background?
I have been dancing most of my life trained since early adolescence in modern, ballet and jazz. I worked with some small modern and jazz companies as a teenager in NYC and received my BFA in theatre dance from NYU. I left the track to be a professional dancer after college and instead went to Wall Street to pursue a career in business for the next eight years, but always continued taking dance classes.
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?
Pina Bausch, I have always found her incredibly fascinating.
What does this year’s theme “Be The Momentum” mean to you?
Movement and its power to elicit a particular emotional state which may be very different for everyone, but universal in its ability to feeds one’s soul.
What dance group are you most looking forward to seeing this year in the parade?
I absolutely love the energy and costumes of the Bolivian dance groups that have been in the parade for several years.
If you could pick a Grand Marshall for this year’s parade….who would it be?
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?
Chauncey, because he is so wonderfully committed.
If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival….which would it be?
Holland in Amsterdam
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?
I love working with a team and after experiencing the energy and commitment of the people who I worked with last year, I would like to get more involved in all that it takes to make Dance Parade happen..
What is a special memory from Dance Parade’s past?
On the day of the parade last year! I was asked to be the grandstand hostess which is set up near Astor Place and is the spot where every group shows off their skills one last time before they head to Tompkins Square Park. I said yes without really knowing what that would entail. When I got there I helped a team decorate the grandstand and throughout the parade, as I welcomed each group I got so caught up in the energy and excitement, that I danced along with each one of them, as they approached the grandstand, which was exhilarating!
What would be your pitch to attract a new volunteer to the team?
I’m not a good pitcher, however, I would tell anyone who has an interest in dance and or interest to get involved with an incredibly diverse, creative, intelligent and fun group of people to create an amazing experiential event that absolutely rocks, just do it!
I think you did just fine! Thank you Marjorie for taking the time to answer these questions!
If you’d like to volunteer and help make The 8th Annual Dance Parade and Festival happen this year, we would love to have you on board! Click here to find out all the areas we need assistance in…