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Dance Parade New York Press Conference
Dance Parade organizers and volunteers, Elected Officials and dance groups hold Press Conference on steps of City Hall:
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Dance Parade New York organizers and volunteers, Elected Officials and dance groups hold Press Conference on City Hall Park - Wednesday May 17, 2023 at 12PM/Noon
WHO: Greg Miller, Executive Director, Dance Parade New York, Grand Marshals - Ronald K Brown, Founder of Evidence, A Dance Company, Natasha Diggs, International House Music DJ and Elizabeth Streb, Founder STREB Extreme Action Company and joined by New York City Council Member Carlina Rivera and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Lauri Cumbo.
WHAT: Press Conference for Dance Parade New York
WHERE: City Hall Park, New York
WHEN: Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 12 Noon
WHY: To inform the press, public and officials about features of New York City’s largest dance event - the 17th Annual Dance Parade and Festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2023.
The press conference will begin with performances from dancers and dance groups - Madi Gibson, a talented young dancer will perform a brief contemporary solo followed by
Mazarte Dance Company (traditional and contemporary Mexican), NYC Hoop Troupe, Folk Dance Club Kaleidoscope (Slavic), Sparrow, Carnyvale Dancers, World Dance Initiative Korean Dance, Jason Copeland Hip Hop, and Kinding Sindaw Heritage Foundation.
The dancing will be followed by remarks from City Council member Carlina Rivera, and NYC DCLA Commissioner Lauri Cumbo who will also present Dance Parade’s Greg Miller with the Mayoral Proclamation declaring May 20th Dance Parade Day, and other comments.
“Evidence, A Dance Company is excited to be a part of the Dance Parade 2023. It’s wonderful to be a part of this incredible day with so many awesome artists,” says Ronald K Brown, 2023 Dance Parade New York Grand Marshal.
“I am thrilled to join Dance Parade for the 17th year of New York City’s biggest dance event! It has been a tough few years for the dance industry, as New York City’s arts, entertainment, and recreation sector suffered the most through the pandemic. But more than ever, New Yorkers and visitors are flocking to dance performances seeking joy and inspiration. I look forward to the showcase of Ukrainian dance and celebrating 50 years of hip-hop,” said Council Member Carlina Rivera (D-02).
At this year’s parade and festival, we will celebrate our 17th year under the theme “Beyond the Zone” Grand Marshals Ronald K Brown, Natasha Diggs and Elizabeth Streb will lead out 10,000 dancers from 150+ dance organizations who will present over 100 unique styles from 17th Street and 6th Ave to our Grand Stand in Astor Place before reaching the grand finale in Tompkins Square Park. There the dancing and fun continues from 3 to 7 pm as well at selected sites throughout the park to bring the entire landscape to dancing life. Dance Parade New York’s official After Party will be at Webster Hall at 10pm.
Dance Parade was founded in reaction to a 2006 NY State Supreme Court ruling that upheld the 1926 NYC Cabaret Law, denying social dance as expressive activity protected by the first amendment. By presenting as many forms of dance as possible, the organization birthed its mission: To promote expressive dance through the celebration of diversity and cultural equity. We have come to believe that live dance performance has the potential to help artists recover from the pandemic and awaken a communal human spirit that helps build a more equitable and vibrant society.
In 2017, our advocacy with the support of NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs’ Create NYC Cultural Plan led to the successful repeal of the Cabaret Law’s administrative code which suppressed dance and culture for 91 years.
Thank you for considering to support the Department of City Planning's and City Council’s work in revising outdated prohibition-era zoning ordinances, that still affect dance, in most of the city. (see legalizedance.org)
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Visuals: We have several dance groups in costume, ready to perform!
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Dana K Humphrey