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Dance Parade New York Press Conference
Dance Parade New York organizers and volunteers, Elected Officials and dance groups hold Press Conference on City Hall Park - Wednesday May 17, 2023 at 12PM/Noon
By: Whitegate PR INC
Dance Parade New York
City Hall Park
Wednesday, May 17, 2023, Noon
The press conference will begin with performances from Madi Gibson, Mazarte Dance Company, NYC Hoop Troupe, Folk Dance Club Kaleidoscope (Slavic), Sparrow, Carnyvale Dancers, World Dance Initiative Korean Dance, Jason Copeland Hip Hop, and Kinding Sindaw Heritage Foundation.
The dancing will be followed by remarks from City Council member Carlina Rivera, and NYC DCLA Commissioner Lauri Cumbo who will also present Dance Parade's Greg Miller with the Mayoral Proclamation declaring May 20th Dance Parade Day, and other comments.
"I am thrilled to join Dance Parade for the 17th year of New York City's biggest dance event! It has been a tough few years for the dance industry, as New York City's arts, entertainment, and recreation sector suffered the most through the pandemic. But more than ever, New Yorkers and visitors are flocking to dance performances seeking joy and inspiration,"
At this year's parade and festival, we will celebrate our 17th year under the theme "Beyond the Zone" Grand Marshals Ronald K Brown, Natasha Diggs and Elizabeth Streb will lead out 10,000 dancers from 150+ dance organizations who will present over 100 unique styles from 17th Street and 6th Ave to our Grand Stand in Astor Place before reaching the grand finale in Tompkins Square Park. There the dancing and fun continues from 3 to 7 pm as well at selected sites throughout the park to bring the entire landscape to dancing life. The official After Party will be at Webster Hall at 10pm.
Dance Parade was founded in reaction to a 2006 NY State Supreme Court ruling that upheld the 1926 NYC Cabaret Law, denying social dance as expressive activity protected by the first amendment. By presenting as many forms of dance as possible, the organization birthed its mission: To promote expressive dance through the celebration of diversity and cultural equity. We have come to believe that live dance performance has the potential to help artists recover from the pandemic and awaken a communal human spirit that helps build a more equitable and vibrant society.
DANA K HUMPHREY