february 2010

Dance Parade Inc is a 501(c)3 charity

Who’s mission is: to promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form by showcasing all forms of dance, educating the general public about the opportunities to experience dance, and celebrating diversity of dance in New York City by sponsoring a yearly city-wide dance parade and dance festival. Come check out who is already registered. Is there a dance you don’t see? Is there a group that you think should be a part of this historical event? Get them to join us! Click here to watch a video explaining our vision.

Please visit www.danceparade.org to register as an individual or group!

so far: 2374  Dancers, 81 Organizations, 39 Unique Styles — Join Us Now!

Dance Parade is a non-profit, all volunteer organization seeking passionate individuals on various committees throughout the year in addition to assistance with rolling out the parade in the final few weeks. Check out our Volunteer Page to see what we’re about, what type of people we are looking for and what we aim to accomplish. To sign up or ask a question about donating your time please email DJ@danceparade.org.

Can’t volunteer? No problem, you can also donate!

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Our next Monthly Social will take place on Wednesday, March 24th from 6:30 to 9:00pm. China 1 Restaurant & Lounge (fishtank room downstairs) 50 Avenue B (@ E 4th St.) New York, NY Check out our Social Page on our website for directions and updates! The FREE monthly get together for Dance Parade 2010 Volunteers and Staff, as well as invited guests, prospective new volunteers, and representatives of organizations already registered for the May 22 parade, or registering the night of the party. The evening features $5 drink specials, a tasty menu, performances and an opportunity to boogie with the DP crowd. We look forward to seeing you there!

Where The Magic Happens

After gathering between 27th and 28th between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, The Parade will kick off at 1pm. Then we will boogie our way down Broadway, Hula, Swing and Irish Step our way past Union Square and onto University Place. At Eighth Street we will Salsa, Tango and Waltz East onto Saint Marks Place. Our House, Techno and Disco floats will have afternoon shoppers wigglin as they watch us get down in the heart of the East Village. Staying on point from there brings us to our climax at Tompkins Square Park for DanceFest! At DanceFest we will come together and celebrate: watching free dance performances on the stage, participate in free dance lessons around the park and work up a sweat at a gigantic Dance Party. For a map of the parade route and more details please click here.

Dance Parade Who’s In

Want To Perform?

Check out these performance opportunities for Dance Parade 2010. In addition to the Festival in Tompkins Square Park at the end of the Parade on May 22nd, Dance Parade offers three other performance opportunities to groups that have completed their Parade registration:

On February 28, we will offer a taste of Dance Parade at Webster Hall’s First Arts Festival.

On May 1st, we offer even more flava at our annual fundraiser celebrating International Dance Day. You can apply to perform simply by checking the appropriate box when completing your online group registration.

Finally, we offer short (4 min or less) performance opportunities for registered groups in limited space at our monthly social hours at China 1.

For information on performing at a social hour contact DJ McDonald: dj@danceparade.org.

DJ McDonald

What is your current role in Dance Parade?

I serve as the chair of the Staffing and Volunteer Committee and I will recruit, enlist, seduce or persuade you by puckish charm and/or persistence, as you prefer.

What is your favourite style of dance to watch? To participate in?

I like to watch any kind of dance in which the dancers fully engage themselves, no matter what their level of skill or presentation. That makes me want to participate, which I do at almost every opportunity. I have been known to be a regular at Midsummer Night’s Swing and other types of dance events around the city. I’ll try anything, and more than once, though I’ll be the first to admit that the results ain’t always pretty.

If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival….which would it be?

China. Then, after they have time to recover, Haiti.

For the full interview please visit our Volunteer Spotlight Page.

Dance Parade Outreach

Throughout the year, Dance Parade commissions selected colorful Dance Organizations to educate and present the artistry of world dance with schools, senior and community centers. Dance Parade’s certified educators have created a curriculum for students to learn about the world culture of a particulary genre and then to learn and perform ethnic dances in the parade.

Check out a video of our New Educational Outreach Program in Action!

Dance Parade’s own Tze Chun, Shireen Dickson, Karen Kriegel, Mariana Beckerman and Ruby Vandersee are qualified Dance Educators trained to present vibrant curriculum to make dance more relevant the lives of New Yorkers. Three forms of curriculum are offered: World Cultural, 20th Century American and Urban/Modern. After school programs are offered from February to May and include costume making and participation in the annual parade.

Chicago Style Steppin

Often simply referred to as “Steppin”, is a non-traditional urban Swing dance that continues to evolve defining its unique style and culture outside of mainstream Swing. Steppin has gained popularity, particularly but not limited to the urban neighborhoods of America. Steppin makes reference to other urban styles of dance found throughout the United States larger enclaves in cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore and Washington DC. In these and other cities one will find very similar customs and cultures accenting local dance movements which are very similar to movements of the Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Jitterbug and the Shag, just to name a few. Each city bears its own name such as the Bop, Hustle or Swingout. Although unique to its own style, customs and accents the basic structure involves the movement of triple steps, rock steps and anchors with the lead and follower synchronizing their steps in a complementary manner.

Steppin as it is affectionately known has it roots imbedded in the traditional dance movements of its predecessors such as the Texas Tommy, Lindy Hop and Bunny Hug. Historians have noted that the early dance movements of Swing dances laid a superb foundation for elements of dance to be shared and improvised over a period of time. However the history extends as far back as the predecessor of modern American music, Ragtime, which documents the polyrhythm movements and sounds of its heyday. Ragtime was not only an unique music form it was a dance as well. Ragtime was a play on John Phillip Sousa’s music combining improvisation and syncopation in between to draw upon melodic themes and percussions.

The end result was a richer melodic sound which was well received by local patrons as well as those abroad who would hear the new sounds coming from traveling musicians and dancers on the Vaudeville circuit. Steppin is still in its infancy gaining popularity particularly in the urban community social and nightclub scene. This year, we will feature several styles of Swing Dance in the parade — Dance Manhattan, a popular dance studio on West 19th Street, will once again have a float in the parade with Swing Dance music. The New York Chicago Style Steppers will feature 10 Steppin Dancers. check out our Genre Buzz Page!

*portions of this article were taken from wikipedia.org


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