Volunteer Spotlight : Barbara Anglisz

Dance Parade, Inc. is a completely volunteer run non-profit organization.
It is the dedication, expertise and rhythm of these brave few that are solely responsible for the success of the event and all the background work that goes on all year long leading up to the parade and festival. Every month, we choose a different volunteer to spotlight.  We ask them a few questions to let you know who they are, where they’ve come from and where they see themselves in the future.


Barbara Anglisz

Barbara saw an event listing in Time Out New York a few years ago for Dance Parade, but unfortunately was not able to attend that year.  Being able to watch a variety of dancers representing many cultures got her excited and she became interested to get involved.  With her extensive background in Marketing, she was offered the Marketing Committee Chair position in 2009.  This is her second year as Marketing Chair which oversees all of Dance Parade’s creatives, public relations, promotions, STEPS! and the website.  It is the largest Dance Parade committee.

Barb loves to watch all styles of World Dance especially Indian Bhangra, Belly Dance and Flamenco.  Occasionally, she even participates in Salsa and Polka dancing.  She has trained in American Tribal Belly Dancing and for fun and great stress relief, she heads out to local Goth/Industrial clubs in New York City for some very lively, dark, stomping music!  She studied Ballet and Polish Folk Dancing when she was young, but since and early age she has always enjoyed heading out to dance clubs to dance the night away!

If you could share the stage with anyone in history famous or not, living or deceased, a trained dancer or not, performing a routine choreographed by yourself…who would it be?

I always fantasized being part of a huge Bollywood movie number. Sharing a stage with Priyanka Chopra would be so exciting with all the amazing moves and upbeat music.

What does the Dance Parade slogan “one parade, many cultures” mean to you?

The Dance Parade is about celebrating the diversity of many cultures through dance. The parade showcases many cultures and art forms to educate and entertain the New York community.

What does this year’s campaign slogan “FIVE YEARS AND DANCING” mean to you?

This year’s Dance Parade will be 5 years old! The Parade is only getting bigger and more popular every year.

If you could pick a Grand Marshall for this year’s parade….who would it be?

I would pick DJ Rekha, who does so much to promote Bhangra music and dancing in New York City.

Part of volunteering has a lot to do with strong leadership skills and major teamwork skills….if you were to pick a volunteer of the month…who would you choose?

There are many amazing dedicated volunteers on the marketing team. The person who deserves to be recognized for their dedicated work is Hal Lamster, crucial volunteer for the Web Committee.

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

In Toronto, Canada. I am originally from Toronto which also is a very rich and diverse multicultural city. Toronto hosts a massive annual Caribana parade each July along the City’s Lakeshore Blvd. The lakeshore would be a perfect venue for bringing all types of dance together in the city.

Volunteering at a non profit organization can at times be daunting and frustrating with limited personnel and limited funding….what is it that keeps you coming back for more and more?

I really enjoy connecting with dedicated people that have a vision and passion to create an amazing event for the people of New York and support the Arts. We are a diverse group of fun-loving people both from the corporate and art world. By combining and sharing our experiences and talent, we all work towards a common goal of hosting the best dance parade and festival in the County.

Describe your most special memory from Dance Parades past?

At the 2010 parade, I was stationed at the grandstand to ensure our VIP’s and media guests were looked after. The grandstand turned out to be the best spot on the parade route to interact and watch dancers go by and perform. Most of the dance groups stopped in front of the grandstand and performed for us. It was awesome. I was able to get up close to the dancers and take great pictures. I will definitely be back on the grandstand again. The festival at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village was packed with people with performances taking place everywhere. It was tough to decide which dancers to go and see.

What salesman pitch would you use to attract a new volunteer to participate in the Dance Parade?

Our volunteers are essential to the success of the parade and festival. We encourage anyone with an interest in dance and world cultures to bring their expertise to the Dance Parade team. They will be able to witness their hard work and dedication on Parade Day come to life while having a blast learning from other team members and making friends for life.

to become a volunteer please email DJ@danceparade.org



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