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.
“Dance Parade gives me the opportunity to work the right side of my brain more” – Sarah Haley
Sarah Haley was first introduced to Dance Parade at a networking event a few years ago when she met DJ, our Volunteer Outreach Coordinator. He was on the hunt for volunteers in the technology space and Sarah was excited to learn more about the organisation and find out where she might be able to help. Sarah currently holds the position of Committee Chair for Special Events and is responsible for spearheading our upcoming International Dance Day Celebration this Saturday, April 23rd at Dance New Amsterdam.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?
To Participate… anything. To watch… I love ballet, but Krumping is insane to see. I wish my body moved like that!
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?
Well…Charlie Chaplin’s birthday just had a birthday recently!! But if I had my druthers, I’d dance with Old Blue Eyes. Frank Sinatra
What does the Dance Parade slogan “one parade, many cultures” mean to you?
That we and dance is a timeless expression.
What dance group are you most looking forward to seeing this year in the parade?
I love to see all the little kids perform. You can’t help but smile!
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 to spotlight…who would you choose?
Jordan Reese or Chauncey! They’ve saved my life helping me produce the past few events!
If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade andFestival….which would it be?
Germany… they’d love us!!
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?
Well I’m in finance… which isn’t exactly a “creative” field. Dance Parade gives me the opportunity to work the right side of my brain more
Describe your most special memory from Dance Parades past?
Yikes… who could pick just one?
What salesman pitch would you use to attract a new volunteer into the family that is Dance Parade?
Dance Parade showcases the unique genres of dance, gives dancers a forum to express their art, and welcomes the public the ability to learn and participate at whatever level they choose! All this while giving you the opportunity to work with immensley creative people, and have fun giving back to our community!