Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Lawrence!

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!

545453454343Hello Lawrence, so nice to meet you.  We know that you are very new to dance parade but wanted to have the perspective from a brand new volunteer. We’re grateful for your time today!

How did you first find out about Dance Parade? 

My friend Susan Pinsky was involved for many years and introduced me to the Steering Committee.


What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc? 

I studied English literature and writing so I’m applying those skills to the marketing committee, editing press releases and helping to create the newsletter.


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

I like to watch Jazz dance because of the dramatic body movements.


What is your dance background or interest in dance? 

I’ve always wanted to take dance instruction but haven’t gotten myself to class. So I’m hopefully going to make associations through the Dance Parade and learn Jazz Dance.


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? 

Gene Kelly—his dancing is mesmorizing!


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

It kind of reminds me of the “Live Free Or Die” state motto from New Hampshire which probably had something to do with liberty—So to me, “Live Free and Dance”, it’s about celebrating individual’s right to dance and enjoying the freedom of movement in a positive way. I really like how Dance Parade will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) and the message that even disabled dancers can be artsist’s as well as deserve a stage just like anyone else.


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

I am looking forward to seeing the Samba dancers from the Brazillian style Carnival dancers—Love the costumes with all the feathers and their energy.


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

Chita Rivera because I love Jazz and Bob Fosse—and because she’s still kicking at 80 years old.


If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival….which would it be? 

I think Dance Parade would be great in North Korea—They could use some dancing to lift their spirits.





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? 

Non-profits like Dance Parade has an opportunity to make a difference. And it’s a lot of fun working with great people!



What pitch would you use to attract a new volunteer onto the Dance Parade team?

Every simple movement is a dance in some way.  And it’s a healthy, joyous form of physical activity.  Come join us to have fun and make the parade happen in a big way.