Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Taylor Swope!

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 volunteering for the 2015 Parade by clicking here!

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Thank you Taylor for taking time to have this chat!

How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I met Greg Miller (the Executive Director of Dance Parade) at Gratitude NYC’s Cosmic Mirror event in 2013. I was a volunteer at the Tea Offering Greg was organizing there and he lit me up about the awesomeness that is Dance Parade.

What is your current role in Dance Parade?
I’m on the creative team and help provide the t-shirts for the Parade Staff, Dance Police and the Live Free and Dance 2015 Theme.

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

How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I had heard about it from the Burning Man community which I’m a part of.

What is your dance background or interest in dance?
I absolutely love to dance and enjoy warehouse dance parties and festivals. Always have. Before getting into electronic music I spent a decade working at live music events, traveling non stop and driven always by a desire for more dancing. My favorite party right now is the “I Feel” party by Carmel Productions. They are monthly parties in Brooklyn that keeps getting better every month. Great people, great music, great costumes and tons of fun.

What does this year\’s theme \”Live Free and Dance \” mean to you?
Actually I appreciate dancing all the time and make a point to do it often to stay free. Move your feet, free your soul!

What dance group or dance style are you most looking forward to seeing this coming year in the parade?
I really liked seeing the Frankie Manning Swing dance float with their live band last year. I also get a big laugh out of seeing Kostume Kult, a burning man group who\’s mission is to inspire the spirit of Halloween throughout the year by giving out costumes. The choreographer, Sabine Heubusch, gets them all to learn a unique routine every year. Last year was the Pirate dance and they did that all around a 7ft tall “Toad” art car which was bicycle powered.

If you could pick a Grand Marshal for this year\’s parade….who would it be?
Liz Lemon.

If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival….which would it be?
Brazil! Even though I’ve never been there I’ve heard good things about their dancing spirit.

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?
The community. And a strong belief in repealing the cabaret laws. Though Dance Parade itself is not working to overturn these laws it\’s my understanding that the Parade was started as a protest against these prohibition era laws. A New York State Supreme Court judge ruled that dancing was not considered expressive activity and Dance Parade responded by presenting the most diverse array of dance styles on the planet! I’d recommend folks who are interested in repealing the cabaret laws go to legalizedance.org and sign the petition!

Describe a special memory you have from Dance Parades past?
Laughing all day with the other dance police. Meeting some of my favorite new friends of the year. I really love the people I\’ve met from the Dance Parade.

What pitch would you use to attract a new volunteer onto the Dance Parade team?
Making new friends. Speaking out for night life. And dancing in the streets!