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Savion Glover Steps Up To Be Grand Marshal For 8th Annual Dance Parade!

Savion Glover Steps Up To Be Grand Marshal For 8th Annual Dance Parade!


NYC Annual Dance Parade




Friday, January 31, 2014 - 8:00pm

NYC Annual Dance Parade

Savion Glover Steps Up To Be Grand Marshal For 8th Annual Dance Parade!

We are very excited to announce that Savion Glover has just accepted the honor as our second Grand Marshal of 2014!

Famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor Savion Glover is the epitome of a living legend. Born in 1973, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood. He set a record as the youngest person ever to receive a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts. Before he was a teenager, Savion made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical "The Tap Dance Kid".

Savion Glover developed his own dancing style he dubbed "free style hard core." The Tony Award winning dancer eventually worked with dancing greats Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. Among his credits are starring roles in major Broadway productions  like "Jelly's Last Jam", a role for which he made history as the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

As a choreographer, Glover's work has helped maintain tap dancing as an art form in the modern dance world. His starring role in the musical "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk", which he also choreographed, debuted on Broadway in 1996. The musical chronicles events in African-American history and brought Savion a Tony for best choreographer.

Glover was made known to the younger generation with recurring appearances on "Sesame Street." He also holds the credit as the live captured dancing motion behind Mumble the penguin in the Disney film "Happy Feet" and "Happy Feet 2". Savion also served as co-choreographer for the film.

Glover's quick steps and amazing rhythms continue to influence the lives of young people. His production company tours schools across the country, spreading enthusiasm for tap dancing and cementing his place in history.
Click to learn more about Savion Glover and The HooFeRz Club School For Tap!

2014 IndieGogo Campaign To Launch In February!  Help Make Dance Parade Happen!

photo by Richard Renda

Help us Dream Big!

To build a bigger and better parade, we need your collective imagination, ideas and suggestions, Dancers and Dance Lovers! 

We are planning to launch an Indiegogo campaign in February to find underwriting for this year's New York Dance Parade,  Festival and expand our Community Engagement Programs. 

So far we've done it all with a very modest budget. But with your help, we will use these funds to enable bigger and brighter floats, cleaner sound, fabulous t-shirts, better stages and funds to pay our teaching artists in classrooms and community centers.  

We would like to hear from YOU, the dance community what you'd like to have for perks in return for your financial contribution support.   Are you interested in a BE THE MOMENTUM T-shirt, Tote-bag or photo album? What other memorabilia would you be interested in?  Would you want to take a dance lesson? What kind? Create your own float or ride on one with a celebrity Grand Marshal? This is your chance to be involved in our collective future success --- Send your suggestions to ideas@danceparade.org 

Thank you! 

Dance Parade Social @ Sidewalk Cafe
Saturday, January 25th 5pm-9pm

photo by Richard Renda

Come out on Saturday, January 25th to Sidewalk Cafe in Alphabet City for our very first social of 2014! Meet the team that is responsible for one of New York City's most jubilant days and find out ways you can pitch in and become a volunteer!

No Cover
Drink Specials
& much more to be announced soon!
Click here to RSVP

Prospective Volunteers are urged to come by and get to know the team. Save the date : The 8th Annual New York City Dance Parade and Festival will take place on Saturday, May 17th! Visit www.danceparade.org for more information and click 'participate'!
Sign up to become a Dance Parade volunteer here.

Dance Parade Needs You!

Volunteer Positions Available On Our Production Committee...

Without the expertise and dedication of our all-volunteer team, Dance Parade would simply not happen.  Aside from the continuous work done all year long to ensure the success of the event through sponsorship outreach and marketing,  the actual planning and production of the event requires the help of many.  Here are the many positions that need filling by people just like you.  Will you 'be the momentum'?

    •    Production Manager: maintains production timeline and tasks,  coordinates committee members and volunteers,  reports directly to Production Committee Chair Nikki Creary, helps with parade group outreach
    •    Production Coordinator for registered groups:  responds to all inquiries from dance groups, follows up on parade group needs and is chief liaison between registered groups and the Production Committee.  As chief liaison, Production Coordinator will also connect groups to appropriate Dance Parade members as required or requested, inducts/trains all new committee members as Dance Parade Liaisons.
    •    Parade Float/Audio Coordinator:  coordinates the design and acquisition of parade floats, working with dance groups to realize their vision and communicates with float vendor.  Insure floats have proper sound equipment and communicates proper adherence of sound guidelines and limitations.
    •    Vehicle Coordinator:  secure Dance Parade vehicles as needed i.e. Grand Marshal presentation vehicles, day-of parade operation vans/cars, coordinate operational needs, insure parade groups w/vehicles adhere to vehicle guidelines, manage and distribute vehicle permits day-of parade.   
    •    (NYDP) Dance Police Captain: chief coordinator of day-of parade volunteers, help to promote NYDP membership as a fun and playful way to volunteer, helps to fill any open positions/jobs/duties for day-of parade needs/requirements, actively solicits members to the NYDP.
    •    DP Liaison: ensure all new members of Production Committee are trained and assigned to a set number of dance groups for outreach, responsible for registration fulfilment and quotas, overall management of all groups up until and during parade festivities

Interested in any of these positions? Contact nikki@danceparade.org and let her know today!


The 8th Annual New York Dance Parade & Festival Saturday, May 17, 2014 
To register today visit www.danceparade.org and click 'Participate'

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