In April 2012 Dance Parade partnered with the NYC Parks and Recreation Department for five weeks, bringing a unique program of fitness, culture and community to youth in Parks-sponsored free afterschool programs. We linked Dance Parade group Broadway Bodies with J. Hood Wright Recreation Center in Washington Heights, Dhoonya Dance with Highbridge and Thomas Jefferson Recreation Centers in Manhattan, and Jamaican Dancehall Aerobicswith Roy Wilkins Recreation Center in Queens. 100 youth engaged in weekly classes which emphasized physical fitness, cultural exploration and self-confidence culminating with a performance in the 2012 Dance Parade, where they actually led the parade off, dancing down Broadway alongside their instructors and performing on our Families Stage at DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park.
Dance Parade offers 6-10 week residencies with our dance groups, who immerse participants in a chosen cultural dance style and prepare them to “be stars on Broadway” alongside 10,000 other dancers in our annual May event. Our unique curriculum bridges the professional, aficionado and amateur dance worlds by making movement accessible to all audiences, while holding true to the discipline and passion characteristic of the arts.
Teaching Artists featured in video above :
Adina Pink (Dancehall)
Mitchell Wayne (Broadway Bodies)