What Is Dance Parade?

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Dance Parade’s mission is to inspire dance through the celebration of diversity. On Saturday May 16, 2015 over 10,000 dancers will converge on the streets of New York City showcasing 75 styles of dance making the 9th Annual Dance Parade and Festival the world’s largest display of cultural diversity.

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Four Grand Marshals span the diversity of dance –renowned 84year old contemporary theater artist, choreographer and dancer of stage and screen Carmen de Lavallade, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Choreographer and Artistic Director Robert Battle, Dancing Wheels founder Mary Verdi-Fletcher and pioneer of Indian bhangra dance in North America, DJ Rekha.

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This year’s Dance Parade New York will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the monumental civil rights legislation embodied in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ms. Verdi-Fletcher, whose physically integrated troupe was the first professional company in the US to bring the talents of dancers with and without disabilities to the stage, will lead the parade while dancing in her wheelchair.

The parade route starts on 21st street at 1pm and shakes, shimmies and sways through Union Square to our Grandstand on 8th Street and University Place and concludes with DanceFest on 5 stages in Tompkins Square Park.

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Not dancing? Watch out! Our NYDP (New York Dance Police) squad may ticket you for not dancing. Take your court summons to an area school or dance party for discounted admission.

Our Community Engagement Programs allow participants of all ages – from schools to community and senior centers – an opportunity to learn a style of dance and join their teachers in the parade.

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