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.
Hello there Nosa! Let’s start at the very beginning…How did you first stumble upon Dance Parade?
I heard about it through friends at my 5 Rhythms dance class. The 5 Rhythms is a conscious movement practice from the work of Gabrielle Roth and is mostly done at the Joffrey Ballet on 6th Ave and 10th Street. There’s a guide that facilitates the class and DJ’s music through the 5 rhythms: Flow, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness. The 5 Rhythms has participated in the Dance Parade for the past 4 years. One of the organizers, Greg Miller, is also a friend of mine from the class.
What is your current role in Dance Parade?
I’m the chair of the Finance Committee. As an adjunct Professor at Baruch College, I’ve got a background with accounting, budgeting and financial statements. The opportunity to work on Dance Parade’s finances enhances my practical understanding of non-profit finance and accounting.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?
I like watching many African dances. This genre of dancing is very fun to watch. I cannot really say that I have a favorite style of dance to participate in. I love all types of dancing and I would joyously participate in all styles of it.
What is your dance background?
As a Nigerian, I grew up in a culture in which dancing was a very important component. Since childhood, I have danced with family and friends to celebrate joyous occasions and to console one another during times of grief. Over time, I have come to appreciate and enjoy many other styles of 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?
It would probably have to be James Brown. Now that man could dance!
What does the 2013 Dance Parade theme “Unity Through Dance” mean to you?
My impression of “Unity Through Dance” is the idea of different types of people with different backgrounds and beliefs coming together to share the amazing gift of dance with one another.
What dance group are you most looking forward to seeing this year in the parade?
House Coalition is going to be a lot of fun to watch.
If you could pick a Grand Marshall for this year’s parade….who would it be?
Well your wish has been granted! He is the first of our 2013 Grand Marshals confirmed this year!
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?
If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival in which would it be?
Volunteering at a non-profit organization can at times be daunting and frustrating with limited personnel and limited funding….what is it that interests you in the organization?
The focus on dancing and community outreach.
Describe your most special memory from Dance Parades past?
I had a lot of fun at last year’s International Dance Day at Dixon Place. There were a lot of great performers and it was fun dancing with the volunteers and attendees after the official event.
What salesman pitch would you use to attract a new volunteer into joining the team at Dance Parade?
I would mention how volunteering for Dance Parade is a great fun way to help and enrich our community, while working with an amazing group of people.