Volunteer Spotlight : Verun Rahimtoola


Dance Parade, Inc. is an all volunteer supported 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.

Verun Rahimtoola

Web Committee Member

“Just the feeling that I did something not for monetary gain but because it was for a truly good cause.”


How did you first stumble upon Dance Parade?

I had just moved to NYC and was looking to get out and meet some ppl. I had the idea to volunteer, and heard about TimeBanks NYC which is a city government volunteering service. Found the ad for DanceParade’s web team on there, and got in touch with Joon. It took him a while to get back to me, but from the first meeting onwards I found myself sucked in hehe.

What is your current role in Dance Parade?

I (occasionally) assist Hal in debugging and fixing code for the website as well as help out with all tech issues when needed.

What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?

A girl dancing to house music 😉 Nothing more captivating and mesmerizing than the rhythmic movements of a beautiful woman’s body synced up with deep, progressive house with its thumping beats! I would love to actually dance myself, however I have two left feet in this regard haha…

What is your dance background?

I don’t really have one, other than a degree in head bobbing 😉

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?

Ah tough question. I don’t know, maybe someone really cool from American Idol??

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

Well to me it just means Dance Parade is open to accepting any/all forms of dance from across as many different cultures as possible, which is super cool IMO.

What dance group are you most looking forward to seeing this year in the parade?

Dance 4 Life (Zumba) actually has my interest piqued…

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?

I’d pick Hal! Actually I can’t really say because I haven’t met alot of the new ones, but Hal’s been kickin ass…

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

I’d pick Brazil!

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?

Just the feeling that I did something not for monetary gain but because it was for a truly good cause.

Describe your most special memory from Dance Parades past?

This will be my second DP, the first one was awesome, I actually remember the day of quite vividly, at Thompkins Square Park where the parade ended and then all of the DP crew got up on stage and danced. That was pretty memorable 😉

What salesman pitch would you use to attract a new volunteer into the magic that is Dance Parade?

I think the one parade/many cultures line is pretty good.

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