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SYNOPSIS: TWitch and Brie Larson show off their dance moves as they try to copy the Texas Aggie Wranglers on the DanceFest Main Stage in Tompkins Square Park.
EXCERPT: Dance Teacher: Tell us what inspired the theme of this year's parade—"The Cabaret of Life."
Greg Miller: In 2005, I noticed that there were all these signs around NYC that said "No Dancing." I learned there was a 1926 Cabaret Law in place that required restaurants to have a license for dancing. The license was hard to get, so a lot of restaurants didn't have one, and it really suppressed culture. Kevin Bacon even remarked that it was like a real-life Footloose. We initially organized a dance parade in 2007 to show all the expressive forms of dance to protest the Cabaret Law. The law went on for 91 years. Just last year [October 2017], we were able to repeal it—hence the theme: "The Cabaret of Life."
EXCERPT: "El ‘Dance Parade’ contará con más de 80 estilos de baile y, por primera vez en su historia, un grupo de República Dominicana estará presente. Los Andulleros de Santiago, por medio de una de sus representantes, nos cuentan algunas de las sorpresas con las que se encontrarán los asistentes al festival."
EXCERPT: CITY HALL, Manhattan -- It’s billed as the largest dance event in the Northeast. New York City’s 12th Annual Dance Parade is just days away!
“We did repeal the Cabaret Law so this is the first parade where we’re actually going to dance legally and I look forward to being apart of that celebration. I’m very honored to be Grand Marshal of the Parade" (NYC Councilman Rafael Espinal)
Things to Do, May 16 2018
EXCERPT: "Ready to sashay into the weekend? The lyrics to “Dancing in the Street” never ring more true than during this boogie fest at which aerialists and dancers wow across five stages at Tompkins Square Park. Witness more than 80 styles of grooving—from ballet to break dancing—and learn how to bust a move with free lessons. Before the main event, watch 10,000 dancers stomp, twirl and gyrate from 21st St and Broadway to Avenue A.
"Join NYC's dance revolution -- without getting busted by the cops" By Christian Gollavan, January 29, 2018
EXCERPT: “It’s a restriction on our culture and my personal freedom as a dancer,” says Greg Miller, founder of the annual Dance Parade and Festival and one of the main advocates of the Cabaret Law repeal. “In the early 2000s, we’d see signs in clubs that said ‘no dancing.’”
Dance Parade and Festival, May 12, 2017
EXCERPT: "If you find yourself swarmed by undulating bodies on a downtown stroll this Saturday, know that they are moving with purpose. This annual street festival, now in its eleventh year, includes more than eighty forms of dance, from Armenian folk to Brazilian zouk, creating a spectacle of sheer variety that is rooted, the organizers suggest, in equality, emotional and physical health, and empowerment. Since 2007, in a cheeky sendup of New York’s antiquated cabaret laws, the organizers have enlisted their own New York Dance Police, who issue tickets—in the form of summonses to free and discounted dance classes—to people along the route whom they deem too stiff."
Senior Salsa Dancers at NYC's Dance Parade and Festival | BK Stories
SYNOPSIS: Bric Arts' story of Dance Parade's Ageless Action Teaching Artist Marlon Mills at Fort Hamilton Senior Center and in Dance Parade 2016--Community Engagement Director Carlye Eckert notes how "Dance creates instant community"
"WHERE TO GO NEXT: New York City for The 9th Annual Dance Parade" Todd Jensen/Rentilly, April 15, 2015
EXCERPT: "A showcase of choreographic styles, this multicultural, rhythm-infused, magical display of human movement reflects The Big Apple's storied love affair with dance."
Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project, May 25, 2010
EXCERPT: "This Saturday, my husband suggested that we all go downtown to watch the Annual Dance Parade. I’d never heard of it, but for the past three years, New York City has had a dance parade, where thousand of dancers, from all sorts of dance organizations, dance their way down a parade route. Some of the dancers were from “real” dance schools or groups, others were from dance/exercise classes, and many groups, we suspected, had been organized for the sole purpose of marching on Saturday."
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