This past year has been really hard on all of us, including the tens of thousands of dancers we serve. As a service to the community, we've put together a dynamic event with lots of content so that there's something for everyone! This year we celebrate the theme “Dance Brings Us Together” with dancers from around the world.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Kicking off the family-friendly event, is a ceremony officiated by Emcee Jungle to pay homage to healthcare workers and to introduce dance celebrity Grand Marshals: Lisa Lisa, H.T. Chen, Dian Dong and Virginia Johnson cut the ribbon, unleashing everything from ballet to breakdance, tango to tap and Japanese to Scottish!
Three color-coded concurrent stages allow you to join the global dance community to celebrate all things dance:
Home Stage: Join this participatory stage by showing off your dance moves! Our scouts go through 1,000 cameras and spotlight those with great energy, costumes and artistry. Get your freak on and dance out to DJ Ali Coleman, participate in a kids dance, tutu jam, cultural spotlight, witness the "Dance Police Lockdown," and take part in Barbara Ann Michaels' “I Dance Like You!” showcase. Join a dance battle by busting out your best moves or vote for your favorite as contestants from the world vye for cash prizes. See the winners of the Dare to Dance Video contest that challenged choreographers to connect to their dancers remotely during this period of isolation and social distancing, Thanks to Nancy Steele of STEELE DANCE, three winners will receive cash prizes will have a portion of their video premiered. Learn more.
Teaching Stage: Take a dance lesson from Dance Parade's best teachers. Learn Waacking, Broadway moves, Indian Bhangra, Salsa, Ballroom, Carribean, African and more. Ask our teaching artists whatever question you like either live on camera or in the chat!
Grandstand: Latina Pop Music Legend Lisa Lisa opens the Parade Grandstand with a live appearance and medley of her life-long work. See Zoom performances along with what the Dance Parade actually is like on Broadway. Relive the actual Dance Parade in New York City and hear interviews by Artistic Directors to get an inside glimpse of the stories behind dozens of diverse movement cultures...Samba, Hip-Hop, Chinese, African, Bolivian, Mexican and so many more. There's something for everyone!
Thoughout the event, share your contact profile with dancers to make new friends and give your favorite performer or teaching artist your contact information so you can continue to learn dance wherever you are in the world.
We hope you enjoy!