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.
This time we introduce you to another one of our Dance Parade team rookies…Victoria Behr!
How did you first stumble upon Dance Parade?
One of my best friends, who shares a love of dance, told me about it a few years ago.
What is your current role in Dance Parade?
I am the Chair of the Legal & Government Relations Committee.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?
I love watching any type of dance. And I like to participate in so many different styles of dance but some are better at certain times and for certain moods. For example, when I’m feeling like I need to let loose and limber up, African dance classes are a perfect fit. If I need to focus my brain away from stress or typical daily routines, I head to a ballet class and settle back into that familiar barre routine. And if I’m feeling up for something new and feel explorative, I’ll take up a brand new style of dance, like the tango.
What is your dance background?
I’ve danced since I was a young kid – 3 or 4 years old. I took jazz, tap, ballet, pointe and partnering. I have a soft soft for tap because I was I felt it gave me more liberty to act a little campy when on stage.
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?
Take me back to the roaring 20’s! Not only would I get to do the Charleston, but I’d get to don those great outfits!
What does the Dance Parade slogan “Unity Through Dance” mean to you?
People everywhere, no matter their age, ethnicity, physical ability, socio-economic background or religion, can’t help but move to the music. That’s what “Unity Through Dance” means to me. The way that music beats lead us all to synchronize our bodies (as best we can!) to the rhythm is truly one of most wonderful forms of human expression ever.
What dance group are you most looking forward to seeing this year in the parade?
I had a good time checking out the video clips for several of the groups who registered for this year’s parade. I can’t tell who I’m most excited to see. I can’t pick! Folkloric dancers, hip hop dancers, African styles, alternative ballet moves – pair each up with inspiring music or colorful costumes and I’ll be waiting to see each one on May 18th.
If you could pick a Grand Marshall for this year’s parade….who would it be?
Hands down, Ozone and Turbo from Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.
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?
I haven’t met the entire team in person just yet but can tell that Nikki definitely deserves a shout out!
If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival….which would it be?
Brazil! No, Argentina! Both!
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’m learning about non-profits, event planning, fundraising and more. It’s a great way to broaden my skill set while helping out an art form I love.
Describe a special memory you have from Dance Parades past?
I turned up at the DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park one year and couldn’t believe I had missed the parade leading up to it. Never again!
What salesman pitch would you use to attract a new volunteer into the cult that is Dance Parade?
Volunteering for Dance Parade exposes you to so many different industries, people and skills that it allows you to branch out without being judged. Are you tired of focusing only on your job and working with the same types of people day in, day out? Curious what it’s like to work in the non-profit sector or just want to be in an environment where people like, or love, dance just as much as you? Pitch in for Dance Parade.