Press Conference at City Hall
May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
NEW YORK DANCE PARADE HIGHLIGHTS ANNOUNCED AT CITY HALL Wednesday, May 16th 12 Noon
New York Dance Parade organizers, supporters and volunteers will rally on the steps of New York City Hall to introduce leaders in the dance world and announce highlights to come at this year’s 12th Annual Dance Parade and DanceFest. Please arrive 30 minutes earlier to show your support!
THE 12TH ANNUAL DANCE PARADE AND FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE HEART OF
MANHATTAN, FEATURING THOUSANDS OF COLORFUL DANCERS, MUSICIANS, FLOATS,
MARCHING BANDS, DANCE CLASSES, AND DANCE WORLD LUMINARIES
New York, NY – The largest dance event in the Northeast is set for the 12th Annual Dance Parade and Festival in New York City on Saturday, May 19. The free annual event, with more than 100,000 spectators, draws on the city’s incomparable and rich diverse dance talent, to feature thousands of dancers from all over the city, and out of town, for a vibrant street parade and dance festival.
Beginning at 21st and Broadway, the procession ends at Tompkins Square in the East Village for the festival and celebrates myriads of dance styles in a multi-cultural, rhythmic-infused magical display of the human body in motion.
Dance styles reflect the cosmopolitan legacy of the city and the elastic inventiveness of the form, and include African, Asian-Indian, ballet, Indian bhangra, Bolivian Tinkus, Brazilian zouk, breakdance,
Chinese, hip-hop, Irish, Indonesian, lindy hop, modern, roller disco, salsa, samba, Tahitian, tango and Slavic. One quarter of the registered groups hail from states other than New York.
Theme: “The Cabaret of Life”
Parade Start: 21st and Broadway
Parade Time: 1-3pm
Festival: “DanceFest” 3-7 pm, Tompkins Square Park, dance
performances for adults and children, workshops, lessons and social dancing
All four Grand Marshals who will cut the ribbon on parade day will be present at the Press Conference:
3 time Emmy Award winner Mickela Mallozzi, Bessie Award Winner Camille A. Brown, author of the bill that repealed the cabaret law City Council Member Rafael Espinal and WBLS radio host and legendary DJ Doc Martin.
Past Grand Marshals include Garth Fagan, Carmen de Lavallade, Robert Battle, Savion Glover, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Dr. Charles ‘Chuck’ Davis, Jacqulyn Buglisi and Louie Vega.
Leading out the parade will be over 100 New York City youth who will dance in their “debut on Broadway” after having participated in a ten-week dance education program in workshops sponsored by New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The workshops are run in urban centers in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
No Parade would be complete without the New York Dance Police (NYDP), a volunteer group of men and women who inspire the crowds to dance and celebrate the spirit of Dance Parade. Anyone caught not dancing could be ticketed which includes a summons to attend a free dance class in the city.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.danceparade.org OR GET SOCIAL WITH US @DanceParadeNYC on Instagram and Twitter
WHY DID WE START DANCE PARADE? Dance Parade originated as a response to a court case seeking to overturn New York City’s 1926 Cabaret License Law that still restricts social dancing in bars and restaurants. A New York State Supreme Court Judge ruled in 2006 that social dancing was not considered “expressive activity” protected by the State Constitution’s freedom of expression amendment. Dancers and dance groups got together to create a vibrant cultural and dance event in response to the decision, and Dance Parade New York was born.
Dance Parade New York is an entity of Dance Parade Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose charitable mission is to promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form, while educating the public about opportunities to experience dance. The organization celebrates diversity by showcasing all forms of dance around the world through sponsorship of a yearly, citywide Dance Parade and Dance Festival.
Additional programs include education outreach, residencies and
artistic partnerships to aid in increased public awareness, and the
showcasing of dance in multiple ways.
For our Media Kit including high-resolution photos and more
information about Dance Parade and our Education programs please visit http://www.danceparade.org/media-kit-press-releases/