Dance Parade invites 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 of up to $1000 are awarded live at the Dance Parade May 22, 2021. Deadline May 7, 2021. See below for full contest rules 通过网络参加 last year's contest winners!



Enter the name of the dance company, studio, troupe or organization that the choreographer belongs to (if any)

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Show us what your performance looks like! If password protected, include the password after the link (i.e. password = "sunshine")

Curation Committee will review one minute of your video. Tell us where to start (for example, if you submit 02:30, we will consider the video piece from 2mins 30secs to 3mins 30secs)

For fastest payment of prize money, please give us your preferred payment method. (We prefer Zelle). If you don't have either of these, enter your full mailing address.

Please be brief. If selected, we'd like to present your dance as professionally as possible. Please help us by providing a short description of your piece that the emcee can use to announce your dance; It will be up to the emcee's discretion how much of the description will be used in the actual performance (i.e. Bergdorf Dance Theatre of Newark New Jersey has been presenting contemporary ballet in the tri-state area since 1998 and pleased to present its world premier of "Mountains of Peace", choreographed by Jean Simpleton -- Or, "Sugar Beat is a Korean K-pop sensation that has been featured on Good Morning America -- Please enjoy "Candy Star", their dance that you can watch on YouTube #kpopcandy )



Dance Parade presented three one-minute videos in our virtual parade online last May. We invited choreographers of all genres to tap into your creativity to come up with 60-ish seconds of dance movements with their dance company, club, or school. Our goal is to inspire a connection to your dancers in social isolation. We'd like to see your creativity using remote video 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

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

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. Partcipation 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