Dance Parade’s Community Engagement Programs allow participants of all ages – from schools to community and senior centers – to discover their own innate capacity for the communication of ideas, thoughts, and feelings through the medium of dance.
All participants in Dance Parade’s Community Engagement Programs have the unique opportunity to dance alongside their teaching artists in our annual parade on Broadway and Festival in May!

Cultural Residencies

Our dance groups teach at your location for 6–10 weeks

Ageless Action

Using dance to practice and improve mobility and balance

Community Kinect

Using dance to instill lifelong enthusiasm for physical fitness



to the creative process as it relates to dance: from conception, to reflection, to construction, critique, and public presentation.


and awareness of their bodies in space as individuals and as a collective.


on learning about and respecting history, progress and diversity by studying the way a culture moves.


that supports coordination, flexibility and improved circulation and engaging explorations of meaningful ways to maintain fitness for a lifetime.

Throughout the year, Dance Parade commissions selected colorful Dance Organizations to educate and present the artistry of world dance to schools, senior and community centers.  Dance Parade’s certified educators have created a curriculum for students to learn about the world culture of a particular genre and then to learn and perform ethnic dances in the parade.

Three forms of Curriculum are offered: World Cultural20th Century American and Urban/Modern.  After school programs are offered from February to May and include costume making and participation in the annual parade.

All participants in Dance Parade’s Community Engagement Programs have the unique opportunity to dance alongside their teaching artists in our annual parade on Broadway and Festival in May!

For more information, download our full brochure here or contact Carlye Eckert, Director of Community Engagement Programs. 


Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Community Engagement Program Schedule
Cultural Residency 7/2/2019- 8/3/19 Berkeley Carroll School, 181 Lincoln Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217 District 39 Thomas Sullivan, (Contemporary) Sifa Rachid (African), Summer Dion (Hip-Hop), Mariko Endo, Jenny Efremova (Afro-Brazil)
Grace Church School, 46 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003 District 2
Cultural Residency 9/15/2019- 5/18/2019 University Heights High School, 701 St Ann's Ave, Bronx, NY 10455 District 17 Akim Funk Buddha (Hip Hop/Japanese Fusion), Kenneth Herrera (West African-Hip Hop Fusion)
Cultural Residency 3/05/2019 - 5/18/2019 FE Bellows Middle School, 200 Carroll Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543 Westchester County Mindful Capoeira (Brazillian Martial Art dances)
Workshop Demonstration 1/29/19 International Charter School of New York, 55 Willoughby St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 District 33 Ajna Dance Company (Bhangra), Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance
Cultural Residency 3/05/2019 - 5/18/2019 I.S. 347, School of  Humanities, 35 Starr St. Brooklyn, NY 11221 District 34 Mazarte Dance Company (Mexican Carnival Folk Dance)
Community Kinect Residency 3/05/2019- 5/18/2019 Chelsea Recreation Center District, 430 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001 Dis 3 Carol Henning, Tandava Arts (Middle Eastern Dance)
Cultural Residency 3/08/2019- 5/18/2019 University Neighborhood High School, 200 Monroe St, New York, NY 10002 Afro Brazil Arts (Capoeira)
District 1
Cultural Residency 3/14/2019 - 5/18/2019 PS 56 The Lewis H. Latimer School, 170 Gates Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 Fusha Dance Company (African/Congolese), Funmi Chesney
District 35
Ageless Action Residency 03/15/2019- 05/18/2019 Hudson Guild Senior Center, 441 W 26th St, NY, NY 10001 District 3 Walter Perez, Friends of Argentine Tango (Salsa)
Ageless Action Residency 3/15/2019- 5/18/2019 Ft. Hamilton Senior Recreation Center, 9941 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11209 District 43 Marlon Mills (Salsa)
Community Kinect Residency 3/18/2019- 5/18/2019 Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center, 93-29 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, NY 11374  District 6 Jamia Jordan (Contemporary West African)
Community Kinect Residency 3/18/2019 - 5/19/2019 Saint Johns’ Recreation Center, 1251 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11213 (Crown Heights) District 41 Laci Chisholm, Fit4Dance (Zumba)
Ageless Action Residency 03/22/19- 05/18/2019 Lenox Hill Senior Center, 343 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021 District 8 Elena Lopez Sans, Moving For Life (Therapeutic Movement)