Dance Parade invited choreographers and dance groups to submit a video that creatively reflects our theme "Dance Brings Us Together" in spite of the pandemic's isolation and social distancing. Cash prizes were awarded live at the Dance Parade May 22, 2021.  See below for full contest rules and our 2020 and 2021 winners.


The 2021 Dare2Dance Contest continued to challenge choreographers to connect to their dancers who might be in isolation or observing social distancing and to submit a video of any length that reflected Dance Parade's 2021 theme, "Dance Brings Us Together."  Three winners had one minute of their videos screened at the Virtual Parade on May 22, 2021.Once again, this contest was made possible through the genorosity of Nancy Steele of STEELE DANCE who has sponsored the cash prizes:

Zheng Wang from Dare to Dance Seattle for "The Umbrella Project"

For over ten years Dare to Dance Seattle has provided creative opportunities for non-professional choreographers and dancers. This piece was part of their recent virtual show "Dare to Dance 10: One World."

The Mo.vement, "Mo.vement"

The Mo.vement dance company began their journey together in 2020. This piece "Mo.vement" was created to share a powerful energy throughout multiple states where the dancers were separated because of the pandemic. Please enjoy!

RyderDance's "Safety Dance"


Safety Dance by Men Without Hats


In May 2020, a few months into the pandemic lockdown, Dance Parade presented three one-minute videos in our virtual parade online. Choreographers of all genres were invited to tap into their creativity to come up with 60 seconds of dance movements with their dance company, club, or school. The goal was to inspire a connection to a choreographer's dancers in social isolation using remote video conferencing technology.

DanceFest strives to present artistic excellence and cultural diversity. Special thanks to Nancy Steele of STEELE DANCE who has sponsored the cash prizes:

Ntrinsik Movement for "Kindred Spirit"

Ntrinsik (Intrinsic) Movement is a Brooklyn based dance company that was co-founded in 2014 by four women of color. They are overjoyed to have the opportunity to submit 60 seconds toward Dance Parade's Dare to Dance Challenge and share a preview of an excerpt from their new production called "House of Love."

Schoen Movement Company

Schoen Movement Company tours dance to breweries and cultivates international partnerships. Dance is a vehicle for JOY! Please enjoy "King of the Bongo (it's gunna be alright)."

Chicago Dance Center "Make A Way"

Chicago Dance Crash is one of the premier hip hop/contemporary dance companies in the United States. Crash put this jam together to put a positive spin on the new normal that dance companies are faced with. No stage, no problem! Let's find a way, together. Directed by Jessica Deahr, Edited by Mark Hackman, Freestyled by the dancers

2020 Honorable Mention:
Brooklyn Beasts "We’re all in This Together"

2020 Honorable Mention:
Motion x Synergy for their video "Baby Girl"

**Complete Contest Rules:

This contest is being offered starting at 12:01am Eastern Standard Time (EST) March 1, 2021 to 11:59pm EST May 7, 2021 and is administered by Dance Parade, Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, incorporated in New York State. Participation in the Dare to Dance Challenge Video Contest is free. Dance Parade will be held May 22, 2021 at 1pm EST and will be free to attend and open to all. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Video must be created on or after March 13, 2020, which was largely recognized as the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Video must be uploaded to a public link on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook or other online public platform.
  • At least three or more individual dancers must participate by socially distancing (in separate venues or at least 6ft apart from each other).
  • There is no limit to the maximum number of dancers allowed.
  • Only one video submission per registrant may be submitted.

Dance Parade’s Curatorial Committee will review all submissions and score them based on artistic merit and creative choreography in a traditional genre of dance, urban or contemporary form. All submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis with winners being chosen starting May 8th at 12:01am.

Judges will consider one minute of each video. Winning videos will creatively reflect our theme "Dance Brings Us Together" in spite of the pandemic's isolation and social distancing. Submissions will be judged on technique, appropriate skill level, synchronicity of performance and creativity to assemble dancers using a virtual format.

Announcements will be made between 1pm and 4pm EST at the Dance Brings Us Together Virtual Parade Saturday May 22, 2021 and posted to our website $1000 cash prize awarded to 1st Place Winner and paid via Zelle, PayPal, Venmo or mailed by check. $500 awarded for 2nd place winner and $250 awarded for 3rd place. All winning entries must submit an IRS form W9 prior to be given award money. All entrants must grant Dance Parade, Inc. a non-exclusive, irrevocable license to use their video submission for any promotional, marketing or educational purposes in any medium or format.

For any inquiries about these rules, please contact