TEAM SPOTLIGHT: Meet Ali Coleman!

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 Ali Coleman.

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




What is your current role with Dance Parade?

My current role with Dance Parade is helping to coordinate Sponsorship. For me, I’ve been involved coordinating the House Coalition along with Luis Vargas for 14 years and consider Dance Parade as the Super Bowl of all my events each year!  Having run an ad agency with a lot of nightlife industry contacts, I’m pyshced to join Dance Parade’s Steering Committee, many of whom I’ve known for years.


What are you up to when you’re not helping with Dance Parade?

I am a veteran NYC DJ, party organizer & promoter and Nightlife Advocate.



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

I Love to watch all styles of dance, but I would say that Pasodoble is my favorite to watch…such power in the movement! My favorite to participate in is ‘Freestyle’…no structure, just free movement.


Check out this video if you would like to know more about Pasodoble!

(sadly we didn’t catch Ali Coleman dancing to it..just yet!)


What is your dance background or interest in dance? 

I’ve always been an avid dancer. I had my 1st dance performance on stage at the age of 5 in my elementary school’s talent show. For me dance is akin to breathing…without dance there is no life!


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? 

The Nicholas Brothers, definitely!


Last year we honored immigrants and indiginous dance with “Movement of the People”. The year before, we celebrate the repeal of the Cabaret Law with the theme “The Cabaret of Life” — What does the 2020’s theme “Dance Without Borders ” mean to you? 

Dance Without Boarders confirms what I’ve said for many years now.. I believe that anywhere we go on earth there is music and there are people dancing to that music.


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

That’s a hard one….Dance Parade is like eating Sashimi…so many spectacular dance styles…impossible to pick just one


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

Francois K.


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

Germany, Amsterdam…Japan would be phenomenal!!



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? 

Dance Parade encompasses everything that I believe at my core. It involves all cultures sharing in one of our most ancient communal activities! It’s one of my favorite days of the year!!


Describe a special memory you have from Dance Parades past? 

One of my special memories is of the very 1st parade…I remember being very excited for that day to arrive, and didn’t even dance in the 1st parade. Instead I stood on the corner of 5th Ave between 8th street & Washington Square (north) to capture the parade on video!! Just thinking about it now has a big smile on my face!


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

Dance Parade is absolutely the most fun you’ll ever have working!!!


In the coming months, we are inspired by our 2020 theme chosen by the New York City Dance Community.

Our theme Dance Without Borders underscores our commitment to celebrate diversity, cultural equity and inclusion.  Dance Without Borders emphasizes that dance transcends borders—whether that be defined by the age or capabilities of our bodies, politics, race, creed, gender, income or country–None of that is needed for the artistry and passion found in dance.

We will celebrate Dance Without Borders by coming together Saturday May 16th, 2020 in the city’s largest dance event to showcase over 100 unique styles of dance.

Last year, with your help, we served over 600 youth and 120 seniors with free classes and a chance to participate in the Dance Parade. Our programs funded teaching artists who danced with kids and seniors to support healthier, happier lives.

The free education programs, Parade and Festival don’t just happen by themselves– So, this year, as you get ready to enjoy our Spring events – please, don’t just dance, support us financially if you can.

Your contribution means so much to us and we are grateful for every tax-deductible donation, no matter how small.

Thank you so much for your support!



Friend of Dance: $20 

  • Participate in Dance Parade knowing you helped make the world’s large display of diverse cultures possible!

Dance Spirit: $50

  • Your donation will be used where it is needed most.
  • Recognition on our website as ​a Dance Spirit​
  • Get mailed a personal thank you letter from our director that includes a receipt letter for a 100% tax deductible donation

Mover & Shaker: $100

  • All of the above and . . .
  • Recognition on our website as a Mover & Shaker
  • Get a commemorative “Dance Without Borders” refrigerator magnet
  • Sponsor a Dance Organization of your choice in the 14th Annual Dance Parade May 16, 2020
  • And, join us as our guest for our Season 14 Launch Party at the Taj Saturday February 29th, 6-10pm (48 West 21st St, Manhattan)

Gifted Dancer: $150

  • All of the above and . . .
  • Recognition on our website as a ​Gifted Dancer
  • Get a commemorative “Dance Without Borders” Tote bag
  • Get a signed photograph with the group you sponsor

Dance Angel: Donation level, $250 or more

  • All of the above and . . .
  • Recognition on our website as a ​Dance Angel​
  • Complimentary admission to the After Party
  • Sponsor a Diversity Workshop in a New York City public school
  • Get acknowledged by a personal Tweet and post to our Facebook Page
  • View the parade as our guest in the Grandstand


How to donate:

Make check payable to “Dance Parade” and mail to:

455 FDR Drive, Suite B104, New York, NY 10002

Or click HERE to use your credit card or PayPal account now.

Thank you!