And then they Danced

Dance Matters attended this event as its 3rd outing in 2023.  Many of our members were struck by the theme of embattled political candidates fraught with confusing platforms of issues up until they rattled the stage with disparate dance vocabulary. The show that took place on City Center’s stage in the dead of winter was well attended by members of Congress as well as school students from the Bronx.


Another Placeholder

Oh what a joy to see this show!  Dancing Matters was out once again in its March outing to see “Another Placeholder,” a tribute to contemporary dance brought on by seasoned dancer Tyler Peck along with Urban Legend, Princess Lockerooo– the unlikely duet paired the graceful movements of Peck’s ballet arabesque along with Princess Lockerooo’s fierce waacking gestures.


Dancer Forum at APAP

APAP|NYC+ is the world’s premier gathering of the performing arts presenting, booking and touring industry and the annual members conference of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.


Each year Dance USA sponsors “Dancer Forum” and this year marked the first return to the conference after 3 pandemic postponements. The much anticipated performances featured a fairly diverse range of genres, however, Dance Matters did note that a majority of the members feel that the Dancer Forum could have been better represented with folkloric and urban forms which were lacking.


Girls got Cache

Dancing Matters had it’s second review on this show that featured several dancers, Judy Dench, Julia Roberts and home town hero, Rokafella.



JOIN OUR YEAR END CAMPAIGN:  Dance Parade is pleased to create this 2022 Year-End campaign to raise critical funds for dance education. Beginning Tuesday November 29, 2022 our campaign seeks to raise funds to enable Teaching Artists to bring the gift of dance to over two dozen schools and community centers. We believe that dance can awaken the human spirit and help create a more vibrant and equitable society.

Won’t you join us in this global day of giving? Our Board of Directors along with Facebook have generously committed to tripling every dollar donated, expanding what we can do as a community that loves dance.

DANCING THROUGH NYC: This season our $20,000 campaign will help Dance Parade create 10-week dance education programs that will benefit over 1,500 participants in schools and community centers.

  • NYC iSchool (9th Grade) Chelsea, Manhattan
  • PS. 347, School of Humanities (Middle School), Bushwick, Brooklyn
  • PS. 86K  The Irvington Elementary School, Brooklyn
  • PS. X114 Luis Llorens Torres School Elementary School, Bronx
  • PS. 112Q Dutch Kills Elementary School, Queens
  • International Charter School of New York (Middle School), Brooklyn
  • PS. 56, The Lewis Latimer Elementary School, Brooklyn
  • Fort Hamilton Senior Recreation Center, Brooklyn
  • PS. X537 Bronx Arena High School, Bronx
  • PS 023 the New Children’s School (Elementary), Bronx
  • University Neighborhood High School, LES, Manhattan
  • PS. 34 Franklin D Roosevelt School, East Village, Manhattan
  • Ft Greene Park, Brooklyn
  • Virtual Classes in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese


GRAND FINALE: Students will end their programs with participation in the 17th Annual Dance Parade Saturday, May 20, 2023 and then showcase their work on stage at DanceFest after the parade!  For many, this will be an experience of a lifetime as most of these kids have never appeared on stage.

BEYOND THE ZONE: Our 2023 theme, “Beyond the Zone” reflects a “flow state” to remind us that we need to effortlessly move through difficult times as well as acknowledges New York City Mayor Eric Adam’s “City of Yes” campaign to reform antiquated Zoning laws related to dance.  Updating Zoning ordinances in New York City follows the 2017 repeal of the NYC Cabaret License law that restricted dance to a small number of venues licensed for dance.  Come Saturday, May 20, 2023, 10,000 dancers will dance Beyond the Zone in New York City’s largest dance event by showcasing over 100 unique cultures and dance styles.

YOUR PERKS AS A DONOR: 100% of your contribution will go to the artists and means so much to us and we are grateful for every donation, no matter how small!

$50+  Donors receive a tax exempt receipt letter in order to deduct their donations from their taxes

$100+ Donors receive above AND a  commemorative Beyond the Zone refrigerator magnet; Sponsor a Dance Organization of your choice in the 17th Annual Dance Parade May 20, 2023

$150+ Donors receive all of above AND a personalized Beyond the Zone Coffee Mug and a ticket to Dance Parade’s Grandstand

$250+ Donors receive all of the above AND get a “Beyond the Zone” Tshirt, Complimentary admission to all Dance Parade events: Launch Party, Grandstand and After Party and will Sponsor a Diversity Workshop in a New York City public school.


Join our #GivingTuesday Campaign November 29th on Facebook:

Facebook/Meta  will match your donation up to $100 dollars. To qualify, you must be a new recurring donor and make 2 consecutive monthly payments of $5. Not on Facebook? Click on this button and use your credit card through our secure website:

Alternatively, make check payable to “Dance Parade” and mail to:

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

Thank you so much for your support!



2022 Photo Contest!


Each Dance Parade hundreds of photographers love to come and capture the magic found when 100 unique styles of dance and cultures are all presented in the same place. They love the energy, movement and color found among ancient cultures and highly ambitious artists.   For each category, Dance Parade and DanceFest, we will award 3 winners with a cash prizes, $200 for first, $100 for second and a coffee mug for 3rd.

Entries must be digital in color or can be black and white. If participating in the contest we would like to use your photos for our promotional purposes to present the parade as an art parade and also a participatory experience. Therefore we will need to request you to sign off on using your photos and will credit the photographers whenever appropriate.

Entry Procedures:


1. Choose your best shots – Select among your photos to upload up to 10 photos for Dance Parade and up to 10 photos for DanceFest.

2. Identify – Name your Photos with your legal name and category “jane_doe_parade_1.jpg”, “jane_doe_festival_2.jpg” and if possible include the artist name “jane_doe_parade_baryshnikov_white_oak_1.jpg”

3. Upload – Photos should be high resolution 300dpi between 2MB and 5MB. It would be helpful to us as well if you could also upload low resolution photos so that we can post the best entries into our website’s photo gallery.

Deadline for Entry & Uploads – May 31st, 2022

4. Jury Review – A jury of at least 5 members from the Dance Parade Steering Committee will review each photo and assign a number from 1 (least) to 10 (best). First stage highly scored photos may appear on our Facebook @danceparadenyc, Twitter @danceparadenyc or Instagram @danceparadenyc pages for social media feedback. The top 5 Photographers with the highest score will then be selected in a semi-finalist review period and the committee will re-evaluate and re-score. This selection process will last one week.

5. Announcement – The winner will be announced June 7th.


Thank you and good luck!



Warning: COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. There is an inherent and elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place or place where people are present and there is no guarantee, expressed or implied, that those attending a Dance Parade event will not be exposed to COVID-19. As per current Federal Center for Disease and Control recommendations, we recommend (but do not require) all participants over the age of five to be fully vaccinated in order to attend our events.

We will continue to monitor the health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and working with city, state and federal agencies to adjust this policy as needed.



On behalf of the Dance Parade Board, Steering Committee and the broader dance community we serve, I convey our deepest condolences to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDadde, Christian Cooper, David McAtee and countless other victims of injustice everywhere.


Dance Parade plays a critical role condemning racial injustice and hate. By presenting as many cultural dances as possible, our work seeks to advance cultural equity, celebrate diversity and inclusion for all people — not just those who are privileged by structural inequities or the color of their skin.


As we recognize #BlackOutTuesday today please take a moment to educate yourself on these issues and consider supporting one or more of the non-profit organizations below who are fighting to change the structural racism that surrounds us.


In solidarity,
Greg Miller



NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund is the country’s top legal firm fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, it seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve justice for all. It also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle.


Poor People’s Campaign confronts the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, and militarism. As a nation we are at a critical juncture — and we need a movement led by working people that will shift the moral narrative, impact policies and elections at every level of government, and build lasting power for poor and impacted people.


Color of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization that helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, they move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.


The Citizenship Education Fund, founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, is working to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world. It is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless.


Mijente is a national hub for Latinx and Chincanx organizing that advocates on behalf of those communities as well as other oppressed communities. It has been leading the charge within Spanish language media, attempting to bring awareness and solidarity with Black-led protests and organizations. It serves as a link between many Black-led organizations and Spanish-speaking communities, participating and leading in solidarity actions in several states.


The Bail Project is a national nonprofit organization that pays bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence. In fighting mass incarceration, they aim to secure freedom for as many people as possible and ensure equal justice for all.


These groups are doing important work in communities all across the country, and now more than ever they are counting on our support.


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