In these challenging times our community needs to connect and move. As a service to the community Dance Parade offers these listings and works with our own Teaching Artists to develop virtual classes and events.

 

MONDAYS
Class Link Instructor Time (Zone) Frequency Fee / Donation to:
Pilates instagram.com/theflooronatlantic Jamie Dowd 11AM-12PM EST
Ballet Barre https://www.instagram.com/movement_for_hope/ Tay Drury 12PM EST Monday, March 16, 2020
PT-based Cardio Sculpt https://www.instagram.com/movement_for_hope/ Jenna Morgan Saccurato 10:30AM EST Monday, March 16, 2020
Pieter MNC https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uZIucO-vqjMozaUr_nbTNJb7LGEHH-Wr6A Stacy Dawson Stearns 6:30PM PST 3/16/2020 & 3/23/2020 $5-$10 sliding scale; Venmo: @Stacy-Dawson-Stearns (please add note: “TOLSW 3.16.20”)
Paypal: dawsonstearns@gmail.com (please use “FRIENDS AND FAMILY” setting and add note: “TOLSW 3.16.20”)
Pieterspace has the deets
Gaga People Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 9AM EST Daily, ongoing $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Gaga Dancers Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 2PM EST Daily, ongoing $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Gaga People Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 6PM EST Daily, ongoing $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Heels private Facebook group / contact in-advance to be added! FB:Natalya Zrazhevskaya IG:@n.a.t.a.l.y.a.z Natalya Z 6:30-7:30PM PST Every Monday $10 suggested / @NatalyaZOfficial
Stretch & Strength FB live-stream / open to all. https://www.facebook.com/natalyazrazhevskayaofficial Natalya Z 12-1PM PST Daily, ongoing donation-based / @NatalyaZOfficial
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 10AM EST Daily FREE
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 5PM EST Daily FREE
TUESDAYS
Class Link Instructor Time (Zone) Frequency Fee / Donation to:
Yoga instagram.com/theflooronatlantic Jordan 9AM-10AM EST
Pilates instagram.com/theflooronatlantic Jamie Dowd 11AM-12PM EST
Gaga People Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 9AM EST Daily, ongoing $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Gaga Dancers Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 2PM EST Daily, ongoing $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Gaga People Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 6PM EST Daily, ongoing $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Stretch & Strength FB live-stream / open to all. https://www.facebook.com/natalyazrazhevskayaofficial Natalya Z 12-1PM PST Daily, ongoing donation-based / @NatalyaZOfficial
AfroCuban Instagram Live @freeskewl Nadia Issa 12-1PM EST March 17, 2020 donation to Cash App: $NadiaIssa
Highland Dance Beginners Kristy Van Hoven 1800 -1900 edt weekly prices per student average $15 per class kvanhoven04@gmail.com
Highland Dance Advanced-Adults Kristy Van Hoven 1900_2000 edt weekly prices per student average $15 per class kvanhoven04@gmail.com
Sweat Fest (Cardio Follow-Along) http://instagram.com/ryan.heffington Ryan Heffington 10AM PST / 1PM EST March 17, 2020 Free
Moving Meditation instagram.com/jglowgirl jGlow 6PM PST / 9PM EST March 17, 2020 Free Zoom link on IG
Pilates instagram.com/movement_for_hope Isadora Wolfe 10:30 AM EST March 17, 2020 Donate directly to instructor IG Live
Yoga instagram.com/movement_for_hope Kelly Todd 2PM EST March 17, 2020 Donate directly to instructor IG Live
Gaga People instagram.com/movement_for_hope Annie Rigney 6:30PM EST March 17, 2020 Donate directly to instructor IG Live
Yoga/Meditation https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/admmainclass?studioid=135540&tg=22&vt=&lvl=&stype=-7&view=week&trn=0&page=&catid=&prodid=&date=3%2f18%2f2020&classid=0&prodGroupId=&sSU=&optForwardingLink=&qParam=&tabID=7#an4 Melissa Shah 9:00AMCST Every Tuesday Pay through studio, and link will be emailed to you. Live Stream via Zoom, All levels
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 10AM EST Daily FREE
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 5PM EST Daily FREE
WEDNESDAYS
Class Link Instructor Time (Zone) Frequency Fee / Donation to:
Yoga instagram.com/theflooronatlantic Jordan 9AM EDT / 6 AM PDT Recurring
Gaga People Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 9AM EDT / 6AM PDT Daily $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 10AM EST Daily FREE
Six Viewpoints instagram.com/freeskewl Deborah Black 10AM EDT / 7AM PDT 3/19/20
Ballet IG live Tiler Peck 3/19 at 10PST/1EST daily @tilerpeck
Warm-Up Class Instagram.com/lonifaye Loni Landon 10:30 AM EDT / 7:30AM PDT 3/19/20
Pilates instagram.com/theflooronatlantic Jamie Dowd 11AM EDT / 8AM PDT Recurring
Ballet
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoYdUpxhKHBV4TlEeuej3QQ
Ashley Bouder 11am EDT / 8AM PDT Ongoing
Barre https://www.instagram.com/common.conservatory/ Terry Marling NOON EDT / 9AM PDT 3/19/20
Ballet https://www.instagram.com/patricia_zhou/ Patricia Zhou / LA Dance Project 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PDT
Yoga Zoom (link in IG) Lindsey Lollie 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PDT W/Th/F Venmo: Lindsey-Lollie
Intermediate Ballet https://www.instagram.com/modas_dance/ Layla Amis + Modas 1:30 PM EDT / 10:30 AM PDT 3/19/20
Embodied Practices in Time of Breakdown instagram.com/freeskewl Tyler Rai 2PM EDT / 11AM PDT 3/19/20
Gaga Dancers Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 2PM EDT Daily, ongoing $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Basic Ballet instagram.com/erinsmurray Erin Murray 2PM EDT/11AM PDT 3/19/20
Contemporary instagram.com/movement_for_hope Steph Troyak 2PM EDT/11AM PDT
Stretch & Strength FB live-stream / open to all. https://www.facebook.com/natalyazrazhevskayaofficial Natalya Z 3 PM EDT / NOON PDT Daily, ongoing donation-based / @NatalyaZOfficial
Meditation IG Live Lindsey Matheis 4PM EST / 1PM PST 3/19/20 Donate directly to instructor after class
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 5PM EST Daily FREE
*Virtual* Breathwork www.funhealseverything.com Debbie Attias 6-8PM EST 3/19/20 $25, flexible for economic hardship Sign up in advance on Debbie’s website or DM @funhealseverything on IG
Gaga People Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 6PM EST Daily, ongoing $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Improvisation IG Live Annie Rigney 6PM EST 3/20/20
Dance Dice IG Live DanceBARN Collective 6PM EDT 3/18/20 Good for all ages and abilities!
Modern dance Class IG Live Jenifer Mabus 6:30Pm CST 19-Mar @jenmabus
Jazz Facebook Live Lindy Groove Instructors 8:30 PM PST Weekly
Yoga Zoom (link in IG) Lindsey Lollie 11 PM EDT / 8 PM PDT W/Th/F Venmo: Lindsey-Lollie
THURSDAYS
Class Link Instructor Time (Zone) Frequency Fee / Donation to:
Yoga instagram.com/theflooronatlantic Jordan 9AM EDT / 6 AM PDT Recurring
Gaga People Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 9AM EDT / 6AM PDT Daily $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 10AM EST Daily FREE
Six Viewpoints instagram.com/freeskewl Deborah Black 10AM EDT / 7AM PDT 3/19/2020
Ballet IG live Tiler Peck 3/19 at 10PST/1EST daily @tilerpeck
Warm-Up Class Instagram.com/lonifaye Loni Landon 10:30 AM EDT / 7:30AM PDT 3/19/2020
Pilates instagram.com/theflooronatlantic Jamie Dowd 11AM EDT / 8AM PDT Recurring
Ballet
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoYdUpxhKHBV4TlEeuej3QQ
Ashley Bouder 11am EDT / 8AM PDT Ongoing
Barre https://www.instagram.com/common.conservatory/ Terry Marling NOON EDT / 9AM PDT 3/19/2020
Ballet https://www.instagram.com/patricia_zhou/ Patricia Zhou / LA Dance Project 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PDT
Yoga Zoom (link in IG) Lindsey Lollie 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PDT W/Th/F Venmo: Lindsey-Lollie
Ballet https://www.instagram.com/modas_dance/ Layla Amis + Modas 1:30 PM EDT / 10:30 AM PDT 3/19/2020
Practices in Time instagram.com/freeskewl Tyler Rai 2PM EDT / 11AM PDT 3/19/2020
Gaga Dancers Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 2PM EDT Daily, ongoing $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Basic Ballet instagram.com/erinsmurray Erin Murray 2PM EDT/11AM PDT 3/19/2020
Contemporary instagram.com/movement_for_hope Steph Troyak 2PM EDT/11AM PDT
Stretch & Strength FB live-stream / open to all. https://www.facebook.com/natalyazrazhevskayaofficial Natalya Z 3 PM EDT / NOON PDT Daily, ongoing donation-based / @NatalyaZOfficial
Meditation IG Live Lindsey Matheis 4PM EST / 1PM PST 3/19/2020 Donate directly to instructor after class
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 5PM EST Daily FREE
*Virtual* Breathwork www.funhealseverything.com Debbie Attias 6-8PM EST 3/19/2020 $25, flexible for economic hardship Sign up in advance on Debbie’s website or DM @funhealseverything on IG
Gaga People Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 6PM EST Daily, ongoing $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Improvisation IG Live Annie Rigney 6PM EST 3/20/2020
Dance Dice IG Live DanceBARN Collective 6PM EDT 3/18/2020 Good for all ages and abilities!
Modern dance Class IG Live Jenifer Mabus 6:30Pm CST 3/19 @jenmabus
Jazz Facebook Live Lindy Groove Instructors 8:30 PM PST Weekly
Yoga Zoom (link in IG) Lindsey Lollie 11 PM EDT / 8 PM PDT W/Th/F Venmo: Lindsey-Lollie
FRIDAYS
Class Link Instructor Time (Zone) Frequency Fee / Donation to:
Gaga People Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 9AM EST Daily, ongoing $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Ballet IG live Tiler Peck 10PST/1EST daily @tilerpeck
Stretch & Strength FB Live Natalya Z 12-1PM PST Daily, ongoing donation-based / @NatalyaZOfficial
Yoga Zoom (link in IG) Lindsey Lollie 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PDT W/Th/F Venmo: Lindsey-Lollie
Pilates IG Live Jamie Dowd 11AM-12PM EST
Ballet https://www.instagram.com/patricia_zhou/ Patricia Zhou / LA Dance Project 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PDT
Body Temple: Pilates / Plyometrics IG Live Brandon Montgomery 1:30PM EST / 10:30 AM PST
Taylor style modern IG Live Michael Trusnovec 2 pm EDT/ 11 PDT Friday
Gaga Dancers Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 2PM EST Daily, ongoing $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Edge Pac Class IG Live Sabrina Phillipa 3PM EST / 12PM PST 3/20/2020
Gaga People Zoom (March 16-22 link) Gaga Instructors 6PM EST Daily, ongoing $10 suggested links will change weekly, see GoFundMe
Dance Dice IG Live DanceBARN Collective 6PM EDT 3/18/2020 Good for all ages and abilities!
Ballet YouTube Live Ashley Bouder 11am EDT / 8AM PDT
Yoga/Meditation Mindbody Melissa Shah 9:00AMCST Every Friday Pay through studio, and link will be emailed to you. Live Stream via Zoom
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 10AM EST Daily FREE
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 5PM EST Daily FREE
Chairography Official Chairography (Dean Bais) Dean Bais 10:30PM EST / 7:30PM PST 3/20/2020 Venmo: Dean-Elex Use a sturdy chair to learn choreo 🙂
Yoga Zoom (link in IG) Lindsey Lollie 11 PM EDT / 8 PM PDT W/Th/F Venmo: Lindsey-Lollie
SATURDAYS
Class Link Instructor Time (Zone) Frequency Fee / Donation to:
30-minute Awakening the Senses – GYROKINESIS® Method https://zoom.us/j/728348392 Non Edwards 10:30am CST (11:30am EST, 8:30am PST) Every Saturday at 10:30am. Meeting ID: 728-348-392 $5-15 at http://paypal.me/nonedwards Self-massage and soothing self touch to wake up and raise energy. Seated on a chair or stool
All Levels Yoga Zoom (Link in IG) Zenon Dance School 10am CST Sat, March 21 FREE Good for all ages and abilities!
Ballet – Barre, practice, stretching & strengthening, q&a. https://instagram.com/claudiadeanworld?igshid=1an3d886krj2v Claudia Dean 9pm-10:30pm GMT March 21 – Instagram Livestream None
Dance Dice IG Live DanceBARN Collective 6PM EDT NIGHTLY Good for all ages and abilities!
Gyrokinesis SOURCE Studio / Francesca Jandasek 9am PST Saturday, March 21st, 2020 FREE
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 10AM EST Daily FREE
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 12PM EST Daily FREE
Social Distancing bit.ly/social_disdancing 7PM CST Weds/Sat It’s a dance party!
Stretch & Strength FB live-stream / open to all. https://www.facebook.com/natalyazrazhevskayaofficial Natalya Z 12-1PM PST Daily, ongoing donation-based / @NatalyaZOfficial
This is How You Meditate https://www.crowdcast.io/e/this-is-how-you-meditate-2?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=profile_web&utm_campaign=profile Yumi Sakugawa 11AM-1PM PST March 21; unlimited replays Sliding Scale, select when you sign up on Crowdcast
SUNDAYS
Class Link Instructor Time (Zone) Frequency Fee / Donation to:
Social Distance Party (!!!) Zoom The Dance Cartel 10PM EDT Every few days, check Instagram NY Food Bank Link to DJ set
Rhythm Assembly Zoom : see comment for meeting code and password! Amy O’Neal 6PM EDT / 3PM PDT 3/18/2020 $5-20, but free for dancers and service industry folks Venmo: @AmyOforReal
CashApp: $amyoforreal
DM @amyoforreal for info on IG
Kundalini Yoga / Meditation Zoom Carlye Eckert 9:30-11:00AM EST Every Sunday $10 suggested Venmo @Carlye-Eckert RSVP@ yoga.bachandeep@gmail.com
Stretch & Strength FB Live Natalya Z 12-1PM PST Daily, ongoing donation-based / @NatalyaZOfficial
Adult Celtic barre Skype Kristy 1400 est weekly $10 per student kvanhoven04@gmail.com
Pilates/Barre Email Sun-Fri 6:30am & 5:30 pm Sifa Rachid Zoom *email for link Venmo @Sifa-Rachid
HIIT Email Sun-Fri 7:35am & 6:35pm Sifa Rachid Zoom *email for link Venmo @Sifa-Rachid
Cardio Dance Fitness Email Sun-Fri 8:45am & 7:45 pm Sifa Rachid Zoom *email for link Venmo @Sifa-Rachid
Dance Dice IG Live DanceBARN Collective 6PM EDT Good for all ages and abilities!
Dance Church Dance Church Go! platform Kate Wallich and co 1PM EDT / 10AM PDT 3/22/2020 Donate to Dance Church on their site
Pranyaama / MANTRA Zoom Melissa Shah 5:00pmCST Every Sunday Donate directly via Venmo @Melissa-SHAH. Donation not required. All ages/abilities, no movement required
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 10AM EST Daily FREE
Pilates instagram.com/fortpilates Fort Pilates 12PM EST Daily FREE

In each issue of our STEPS! E-Newsletter we try to cast the Spotlight on one of our awesome team members to find out more about where they came from and to suss out their connection to dance and supporting the Dance Parade team.  In this issue, we put the spotlight on Dori Garcia.

Hi Dori, Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us!

How did you first find out about Dance Parade?

I found out through my partner who was taking a Cuban Salsa Class with the organization’s director, Greg Miller.

 

What is your current role in Dance Parade New York?  

I am the Team Coordinator and Project Manager. I basically work with all the committee chairs to place prospective team members. We are seeking over 200 this year so I’m looking forward to the challenge!

 

What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?   
I love the latin dances.   Tango is one of the most expressive dances I know and when I see it, I just get wowed!

 

What is your background or interest in dance?

I was raised in Alicante, Spain and have been practicing salsa on and off since I was five year’s old.  I would go with my Aunti in Spain and do my own steps on the side. I also learned contemporary after school and now take bachata classes here in NYC.

 

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?  

I just absolutely love Ataca Y la Alemana, bachatta dancers.

 

Last year we celebrated the theme “Movement of the People” What does this year’s theme “Dance Without Borders ” mean to you?   

I think Dance Without Borders demonstrates that it doesn’t matter where you come from or what your abilities/capabilities are—There are no limitations in order to dance and you can still share your passion to dance.

 

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

I can’t wait to see the Cuban Rueda salsa.  At the Dance Parade event “Winter’s Eve” at Columbus Circle,  I saw Fuakata Cuban Ensemble choreographed and led by Chris Rojecki and they were just amazing.

 

If you could choose Grand Marshal for next year’s parade….who would it be?  

I would love to see Shakira because she’s so passionate and helps others through her charity work.

 

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

Definetely Spain!

 

Working for a nonprofit organization can at times be daunting and frustrating with limited personnel and funding….what is it that keeps you coming back for more and more? 

I had heard about Dance Parade before I came to New York and since I’m passionate about dance, it’s just amazing to me that I’m a part of an organization that allows us to express ourselves–and we do it in my favorite form–Dancing!

 

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

It’s a great opportunity to do something that makes a difference for so many people.  And it’s a lot of fun and we put it all together in such a positive way—A lot of work but so worth it!

There’s nowhere in the world where there is a culture that doesn’t move to music. This video presents research about the Collective Effervescence of dance and helps explain why there is so much joy in the air when 10,000 dancers come together in the Annual Dance Parade and Festival.

 

This video explains why dance has become a human necessity in the gluing of societies together:

 

 

The French sociologist Émile Durkheim (1858-1917) theorised that ‘collective effervescence’ — moments in which people come together in some form of unifying, excitement-inducing activity — is at the root of what holds groups together. More recently, Dr. Bronwyn Tarr, an evolutionary biologist and psychologist at the University of Oxford who is also a trained dancer, has researched the evolutionary and neurological underpinnings of our innate tendency to bust a move.

Photo credit: Miguel Chavez

 

Drawing on the work of both Durkheim and Tarr, this Aeon Original video explores that unifying feeling of group ‘electricity’ that lifts us up when we’re enthralled by our favourite sports teams, participating in religious rituals, entranced by music – and, yes, dancing together at the Annual Dance Parade New York.

You can read more about Durkheim and his work here and about Dr. Tarr’s work here.

 

 

 

The Annual Dance Parade, with over 100 unique forms of dance, is an accelerator of Collective Effervescence, gluing society together.

 

 

Photo credit: Glenmore-Marshall

One hypothesis is that it provides an opportunity for people to come together, making them move — dance — and in doing so we experience internal hormonal cascades which are made up of ‘feel good’ chemicals. These bursts of chemicals are part of our brain’s pain and pleasure and reward circuitry, and when they are triggered they provide an experience of elation and positive reward. When we get this kick in the presence of others, the result is that of collective joy — positive, shared experiences through which we establish and maintain important social connections with others. Now we feel like we belong to a unified, cohesive whole.

 

Being part of a cohesive social group would have been really important for our ancestors — collaborating with others to find shelter, hunt, rear young would have increased our chances of survival. Music and dance are by no means the only ways we can stimulate these positive social ‘highs’. But they’re really good ways of doing it because it’s an experience that we can share with lots of people at once. In order to understand why that would have given us such a great advantage we need to look at our species in the context of primates.

 

Photo Credit: Chris Fernando

 

 

 

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In each issue of our STEPS! Newsletter we try to cast the Spotlight on one of our awesome team members to find out more about where they came from and to suss out their connection to dance and supporting the Dance Parade team.  In this issue, we put the spotlight on Rebecca Myles.

Hi, Rebecca.  Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us.

 

How did you first find out about Dance Parade? 

I first came across DanceFest as it’s held in Tompkins Square Park and I live close by. Performing on stage was a salsa group where this rather senior dancer suddenly flipped his partner upwards and twirled her around his neck. My mouth dropped open in wonder and then admiration at his skill and stamina. I was riveted to the spot, wondering “what is this?” and got hooked into Dance Parade.

 

What is your current role in Dance Parade New York?

Head of Publicity. We aim to make sure as many New Yorkers know about the parade through listings and pre-parade interviews and coverage, and then on the day coverage.

Every year we host a press conference at City Hall during the week leading up to the parade. The upcoming one is Wednesday May 15th at 2pm.  We will receive a Proclamation from the City which declares the coming Saturday as Dance Parade Day. It is a charming tradition and the Proclamation is beautiful. I am always intrigued by the inventive ways the Mayor describes the Parade and DanceFest.

The New York press are very generous to us and we’ve been featured over the years on NY1, New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, Time Out, Gothamist, AMNY, The Villager, 1010 WINS, WABC, WBAI, Univision, to name but a few.

 

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

I love watching all kinds of dance because it transports me to a heartfelt space for experiencing an emotional “movement” story. Most recently I attended a lecture by Catherine Turocy, Director of New York Baroque Dance, which included demonstrations of Baroque dance styles. It was exquisite and what struck me was the intimacy of couples dancing and the inevitable poetry of two bodies in motion knitted by hand and eye touches. The evening was organized by NYU’s La Maison Francaise.

The last dancing I did was on Jeannie Hoppers’ Liquid Sound Lounge “Disco” boat. She has another name for it but that’s how I encourage friends to come. My friend Jenny always turns up as she understands the sheer brilliance of dancing on the East River against a backdrop of a New York skyline with Jeannie on the turntables, and live musicians.

 

 

What is your dance background or interest in dance? 

I remember wanting to do ballet as a kid but that didn’t happen. I suspect there was no extra cash. I had lots of excess energy even after climbing trees and biking everywhere so perhaps I saw dance as a channel, a home. I did ballroom dancing in college, and always went clubbing. I loved the free jazz dance floor downstairs at the Rock City in Nottingham. When I got to New York it was off to Nell’s, the Bank, Palladium, Robots…and for a while I took dance lessons in swing, African…but with pairing dances too often I land in trouble wanting to lead all the time.

 

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? 

Bob Fosse – because he understood the erotic and ascendant power dance.

 

 

Last year we celebrated the repeal of the Cabaret Law with the theme “The Cabaret of Life” — What does this year’s theme “Movement of the People ” mean to you? 

It is a potent theme in the 21st Century because it rests with us, the people, to wrest back our power to shape the world we want – fairness to people who need help, economic policies that support all our lives on earth with the other inhabitants, and thoughtful inclusive policies for education and healthcare.

 

 

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

The Native American Circle Dance that will open the parade reclaiming Mannahatta for the Lenape peoples. Dance, prayer, true thoughtful beauty – can’t beat that.

 

 

 

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

Michelle Obama has done so much to address physical fitness with her Let’s Move Initiative when she was First Lady. Just check out this video with the So You Think You Can Dance All Stars! (as Rebecca whips up this video on her phone…)

 

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

Most certainly another country, one with deep rooted culture like Mexico or India — It would be fun to share other world cultures with them.

 

Working for a non profit organization can at times be daunting and frustrating with limited personnel and funding….what is it that keeps you coming back for more and more? 

It’s family. There are the regulars and it is great to work with the team each year and see our family of photographers turn up on Parade Day. But I’ve noticed that all the new volunteers all have a special magic that makes them fit right in and feel like we’ve known the all along. Then it’s those enthusiastic, brilliant dancers – movement artists – who are all sublime!

Dance Parade is excited to welcome Disney’s Aladdin to the Dance Parade!

The movie will be released May 24th and is a a thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin”–  an exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future.

Directed by Guy Ritchie (“Sherlock Holmes,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”), who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August (“Dark Shadows,” “Big Fish”) and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.”

 

The film stars Will Smith (“Ali,” “Men in Black”) as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud (“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”) as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott (“Power Rangers”) as Jasmine, the beautiful, self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express”) as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban (“Legion”) as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad (“Saturday Night Live”) as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen (“Into the Woods”) as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar (“The Great Wall”) as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.

 

Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Mena Massoud as Aladdin in Disney’s live-action adaptation of ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie.

Eight-time Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid”) provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar-winning lyricists Howard Ashman (“Little Shop of Horrors”) and Tim Rice (“The Lion King”) and includes two new songs written by Menken and Oscar and Tony Award®-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land,” “Dear Evan Hansen”).

 

Aladdin (Mena Massoud) meets the larger-than-life blue Genie (Will Smith) in Disney’s live-action adaptation ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie.

 

Mena Massoud as the street rat with a heart of gold, Aladdin, and Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie in Disney’s ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie.

Share on Social Media:

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Twitter: @DisneyAladdin

Instagram: @DisneyAladdin

Hashtag: #Aladdin

 

In each issue of our STEPS! Newsletter we try to cast the Spotlight on one of our awesome team members to find out more about where they came from and to suss out their connection to dance and supporting the Dance Parade team. In this issue, we put the spotlight on Mona Freeman.

Hi, Mona. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us.

How did you first find out about Dance Parade?

I saw a posting on LinkedIN last year and was intrigued by the idea of a dance parade.

I love to create, direct and produce crowd pleasing entertainment and this seemed like a good match.

I sent a connection request to Greg Miller, the Executive Director of the nonprofit that produces Dance Parade, stating that I wanted to know more about the Dance Parade. However, I was not able to be a part of it in 2018.

This season, when the volunteer committee was looking for people to join, I answered the call!

 

 

What is your current role in Dance Parade New York?

I am on the Curation Committee, planning the Dance Festival which will take place in Tompkins Square Park following the parade. I am currently watching through videos of dance performances to decide where they will be placed in the festival. I will then be coordinating the groups who will be presented on the family stage. The family stage will be presenting most of the groups that are made up of youngsters. I have previously presented dozens of performances with a cast of hundreds of children as young as three years old through teens.

 

 

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

Musical Theater and Ballet. When I began my dance training, I was influenced by the Broadway show A Chorus Line and the movie The Turning Point. I’ve studied numerous forms of dance, but ballet is what keeps me coming back because there is always something new to achieve.

 

What is your dance background or interest in dance?

My first formal dance lesson was at the age of thirteen. I was a high school gymnast and joined a ballet class in order to supplement my skills. I soon realized that I enjoyed ballet far more than gymnastics. I studied Dance Education at New York University and established a private dance studio shortly after graduation. I directed and taught students three years old through adults in Ballet, Tap, Jazz for over three decades.

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, he made it look effortless. I would dance with him in the ballet presented at the end of An American In Paris. It’s a classic and doesn’t need any improvement.

 

 

Last year we celebrated the repeal of the Cabaret Law with the theme “The Cabaret of Life” — What does this year’s theme “Movement of the People ” mean to you?

 

Dance has been a means of expression since the beginning of time. For some people it is a cultural experience, for others it is a social experience, and there are those who bring dance to the stage for artistic expression or purely to entertain. With Dance Parade New York, we celebrate all of these dancers.

 

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 community engagement groups who will be performing on the family stage.  With these programs in schools and community centers throughout NYC, these youngsters and senior citizens have been exposed to something new. They learn tangible skills in movement and expression as well as intangible ones like confidence and team building. The final project of being in the parade and festival brings all this together. Some of them may be involved in dancing for the first time, or possibly since a long time ago. This is a wonderful experience for them, I want to share their joy!

 

 

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

I would choose Rhee Gold. He is a source of motivation and encouragement for dance teachers and studio owners in the private sector. Rhee’s mother was a dance teacher. Rhee and his twin brother Rennie grew up in that world. Thousands of students attend dance classes each week where they not only learn dance technique, they learn life’s lessons.

 

Working for a non profit organization can at times be daunting and frustrating with limited personnel and funding….what is it that keeps you coming back for more and more?

When you are working on something that has personal meaning for you, the struggle is worth the trouble. I support the mission of Dance Parade: to promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form by showcasing all forms of dance, educating the general public about the opportunities to experience dance, and celebrating diversity of dance in New York City by sponsoring a yearly city-wide dance parade and dance festival.

 

 

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

If you love dance and the unbridled freedom of dancing in the streets, you need to join us!

 

Thanks Mona–Folks who want to volunteer can click here to fill out our short form!

 

 

Circle dance is a style of dance done in a circle or semicircle to musical accompaniment, such as rhythm instruments and singing. Circle dancing is probably the oldest known dance formation and was part of community life from when people first started to dance.

 

 

To counter the negativity associated with “walls” and “immigration” we are opening this year’s parade with a Native American Circle Dance. When we honor Native American dance, we acknowledge that we are ALL immigrants.

Led by Grand Marshal Native American Louis Mofsie, the Circle Dance reflects different experiences and ways of being in the world, and comprises a vast range of dance styles and movement vocabularies representative in the Dance Parade. Native dances ultimately remind people of their connection to all living things and unite people with the world around them.

Dancing in a circle is an ancient tradition common to many cultures for marking special occasions, rituals, strengthening community and encouraging togetherness. The dance can also be enjoyed as an uplifting group experience or as part of a meditation. Circle dances are choreographed to many different styles of music and rhythms.

Unlike line dancing, circle dancers are in physical contact with each other; the connection is made by hand-to-hand, finger-to-finger or hands-on-shoulders. It is a type of dance where anyone can join in without the need of partners. Generally, the participants follow a leader around the dance floor while holding the hand of the dancers beside them. The dance can be gentle or energetic.

Modern circle dance mixes traditional folk dances, mainly from European or Near Eastern sources, with recently choreographed ones to a variety of music both ancient and modern. There is also a growing repertoire of new circle dances to classical music and contemporary songs.

Culture
Modern circle dancing is found in many cultures, including Arabic (Lebanese and Iraqi), Israeli (see Jewish dance and Israeli folk dancing), Assyrian, Kurdish, Turkish, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Maltese, and South Eastern European (i.e. Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek and Serbian, to name a few).
Despite its immense reputation in the Middle East and southeast Europe, circle dancing also has a historical prominence in Brittany, Catalonia and Ireland to the west of Europe, and also in South America (Peruvian), Tibet, and with Native Americans (see ghost dance). It is also used, in its more meditative form, in worship within various religious traditions including, the Church of England and the Islamic Haḍra dances.

Western Europe: An-Dro
An Dro, meaning “the turn”, is a Breton circle dance. The dancers link the little fingers in a long line, swinging their arms, whilst moving to their left. The arm movements consist first of two circular motions going up and back followed by one in the opposite direction. The leader (person at the left-hand end of the line) will lead the line into a spiral or double it back on itself to form patterns on the dance floor, and allow the dancers to see each other.

 

 

Thousands of medieval tombstones called “Stecci” were found in Bosnia and Hercegovina and neighboring areas. They dated from the end of the 12th century to the 16th century. They bear inscription and figures which look like dancers in a chain. Men and women are portrayed dancing together holding hands at shoulder level but occasionally the groups consist of only one sex.[4][5]

In Macedonia near the town of Zletovo, the murals on the monastery of Lesnovo (Lesnovo Manastir), which date from the 14th century, show a group of young men linking arms in a round dance. A chronicle from 1344 urges the people of the city of Zadar to sing and dance circle dances for a festival. However, a reference comes from Bulgaria in a manuscript of a 14th-century sermon, which calls chain dances “devilish and damned.”

The hora dance originates in the Balkans but also found in other countries (including Romania and Moldova). The dancers hold each other’s hands and the circle spins, usually counterclockwise, as each participant follows a sequence of three steps forward and one step back. The Hora is popular during wedding celebrations and festivals, and is an essential part of the social entertainment in rural areas. In Bulgaria, it is not necessary to be in a circle; a curving line of people is also acceptable.[22]

Kolo

The kolo is a collective folk dance common in various South Slavic regions, such as Serbia, named after the circle formed by the dancers. It is performed amongst groups of people (usually several dozen, at the very least three) holding each other’s having their hands around each other’s waists (ideally in a circle, hence the name). There is almost no movement above the waist.

Faroese dance
The Faroese dance is the national circle dance of the Faroe Islands. The dance originated from the medieval times, which survived only in the Faroe Islands, while in other European countries it was banned by the church, due to its pagan origin. The dance is danced traditionally in a circle, but when a lot of people take part in the dance they usually let it swing around in various wobbles within the circle. The dance in itself only consists in holding each other’s hands, while the dancers form a circle, dancing two steps to the left and one to the right wirhout crossing the legs. When more and more dancers join the dance ring, the circle starts to bend and forms a new one within itself.

Sacred Circle Dance
The Sacred Circle Dance was brought to the Findhorn Foundation community in Scotland by Bernhard Wosien who brought traditional circle dances that he had gathered from across Eastern Europe.
Colin Harrison and David Roberts took the dances to other parts of the UK where they started regular groups in south east England and Somerset, then across Europe, the US and elsewhere. The network extends also to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America and India.
A small centrepiece of flowers or other objects is often placed at the centre of the circle to help focus the dancers and maintain the circular shape. Much debate goes on within the sacred circle dance network about what is meant by ‘sacred’ in the dance.

Dabke

Dabke is popular in Lebanon, Syria, Palestin, Israel, Jordan and Turkey. The most famous type of the dance is the Al-Shamaliyya (الشمالية). It consists of a lawweeh (لويح) at the head of a group of men holding hands and formed in a semicircle. The lawweeh is expected to be particularly skilled in accuracy, ability to improvise, and quickness (generally light on his feet). The dancers develop a synchronized movement and step, and when the singers finish their song the lawweeh breaks from the semicircle to dance on their own. The lawweeh is the most popular and familiar form of dabke danced for happy family celebrations.

Ganggangsullae (강강술래)

 

Ganggangsullae is an ancient Korean dance that was first used to bring about a bountiful harvest and has developed into a cultural symbol for Korea. It incorporates singing, dancing, and playing and is exclusively performed by women.  The dance is mostly performed in the southwestern coastal province of Jeollanam-do. It is often associated with the Chuseok holiday and Daeboreum.

 

The next time you see a Circle Dance, join in — It’s fun and you will be participating in an ancient cultural tradition!

Article Source: Wikipedia (English version)

Dance Parade is a 501(c)3 non-profit supported by a passionate team of dance lovers. In this issue we put the team spotlight on Paul Saltzberg!

What is your current role with Dance Parade?
My current role on the day of Dance Parade is helping to organize 75 floats & vehicles. I usually escort our friends at NYPD Highway Patrol through the lineup to inspect the wacky art cars.
What are you up to when you’re not helping with Dance Parade?
I am an actor, enjoy watching sports and keeping in shape, inline and dance skating and my latest hobby–making big bubbles in Central park for tips.
How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
I first heard of the Dance Parade from my friend Greg Miller who I knew from skate dancing in Central Park.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? To participate in? 
My favorite (current) style of dance would be break dancing. And   I like to participate in skate-dancing like at the Central Park dance circle.
My dance background is being the brother of professional Ballerina & Gyrotonic Master Trainer Ms. Debra Rose Saltzberg. Our parents took us to Broadway musicals, and my father & I used to sneak into Juillard Nutcracker ballets.

 

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? 

I would share the stage with my nephew Forrest Charles. (Or my 2nd choice is my cousin, Jacob Reiben)

 

There are over 100 groups signed up so far and over 60 unique styles of dance. What dance group or dance style are you most looking forward to seeing this coming May 18th in the parade? 

I am most interested in the dance styles chosen by the children. Then by any dance skaters, break Dancers, and anyone else who wants participate because I will be cheering them on.

 

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

If I could choose a Grand Marshall I would nominate my sister Debra Rose, then a
Mr. Alonzo King, Lead Choreographer of “Lines Dance Company (SF, CA). Then Mr. James Singley. (He is accomplished) He helped choreograph on Broadway, in a skate scene.

 

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

I would pick England, Israel, or Germany, Holland, Spain, Switzerland or Australia to hold another dance parade. It’d be fabulous to share multi-culturalism on another continent.

 

Working for a non profit organization can at times be daunting and frustrating with limited personnel and funding….what is it that keeps you coming back for more and more? 

I come back and volunteer because my time is so precious to me. Every minute someone volunteers is a gift. And I think gifts are what make this world a better place. I am so grateful to have this opportunity.
Just last year it rained and we all got a little wet, (we expected rain & we dressed accordingly) but we all continued & did our best and there were smiles from the start of the parade to the end of the festival.
I do promote the dance parade and I say, ” have you heard about the dance parade, we will be holding our 13th annual on Saturday, May 18th @ 1pm beginning at Broadway & 21st street, etc. Here is our website. We need more good volunteers, I volunteer each year. It’s a lot of fun!”
Thanks Paul for your time and sharing your story!  Dance Praade is just week’s away. Join the team by filling out this short form here.
Dance Parade is a 501(c)3 non-profit supported by a passionate team of dance lovers. In this issue we put the team spotlight on Nhadyr Reyes Cardenas!
What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc?
I am working with Rebecca Myles in the Media & Promotions Committee. I am very excited to specifically work with the Spanish speaking Press.

 

How did you first find out about Dance Parade?
A year ago in April of 2018, I was searching for dance classes in NYC and my google search came up with Dance Parade New York. I was so interested in taking the workshops in the park and was excited about all the different styles of dance that was offered. Ever since then I have been very curious about how the organization works.
When I met my Bolivian community in NYC, I became aware that some groups participate in the Parade, but I’ve always asked myself why they don’t participate in the Festivals.  I really wanted to know how groups could get to bigger stages.
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Well, when we talk about dance we are talking about many things… Technique, style, choreography and so on but the most important thing, in my opinion, is the feeling. I don’t really have a favorite style of dance, however, I love seeing when someone is enjoying the dance, if they can make me feel what they feel while dancing, I think they did everything.

About participating, I love my Bolivian rhythms. We have so much variety and what I think I love the most is that every rhythm has its meaning, they all come from ancient times and every movement we do denotes something important.

I don’t think my culture is the best over the world, because every country has a story to tell through their dances. So, I always try to learn as much as I can about other cultures. I could dance from Peruvian music to Polish, if they teach me, without any problem.

 

 

What is your dance background or interest in dance? 

I’ve been involved in music ever since I can remember. My father is a music lover and grew up listening to all kinds of music all the time and as soon as I learned how to stand, I started dancing. I used to dance with my parents at home to all kinds of rhythms, most of all, the Latin-American ones. Then, when I turned 13, I started my folkloric dancing classes and ever since the moment I started, I couldn’t leave those traditions anymore. I’ve been dancing Bolivian folkloric dances for almost 16 years now.

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? 

This is a hard question but I think Michael Jackson is such a complete and multi-talented artist, not only an excellent musician but also an amazing dancer.

 

Last year we celebrated the repeal of the Cabaret Law with the theme “The Cabaret of Life” — What does this year’s theme “Movement of the People ” mean to you? 

I think this year’s theme shows what NYC has to offer. I mean, there are over 1,000 cultural organizations in the five boroughs that show the diversity of culture that defines NYC and close to 200 organizations will be in the parade.

 

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

Actually, this is going to be my first Parade, so I am excited to see everything and everyone. I understand that there will be over 80 unique styles of dance and I like the idea of the “United Nations of Dance!”

 

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

It is very difficult to pick a representative to represent all of dance  but it would be nice to have Major Bill de Blasio make an appearance!  As we’re beginning the parade with a Native American Circle Dance, how nice would it be for him to join the 20 to 30 other representatives from the parade for the celebration of unity and diversity, honoring the indigenous peoples before us and also showing support for immigrant rights.

 

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

Japan! Through my experience with my Bolivian music and dance, I’ve learned that Japanese people are very interested in new culture and rhythms. With my involvement with the Bolivian events, some of them are not only audience members but also are performers in music and dance.

In fact, one of our most representative folkloric group called “Los Kjarkas” has a member that was born in Japan. Makoto ShiShido plays the Charango, which is a native instrument that resembles a smaller version of a guitar with twice as many strings.

Besides Makoto, there are some Orchestras with Japanese musicians that play Bolivian music, they even travel to Bolivia every year to study more about the rhythms and are often accompanied by Japanese dancers doing Bolivian rhythms. One of the directors of these Orchestras is Sho Makino. Sho just finished his master thesis in Bolivian Ethnomusicology in Japan.

Because of these reasons, I would choose Japan to hold a Dance Parade and Festival.

Working for a non profit organization can at times be daunting and frustrating with limited personnel and funding….what is it that keeps you coming back for more and more? 

Working for a non-profit organization definitely has its challenges, but is very rewarding. There is something besides money that moves us to continue. In my case, the love of culture, music, dance, art, makes me work with so much passion and makes me happy, and for me, that’s more important than financial reward.