Saturday, May 22, 21st St. & Broadway, 1:00
Admission: free (but text DANCE to 20222 to donate $5)
More than six thousand dancers representing some sixty-five styles will be dancing through the streets of the city at the fourth annual Dance Parade, beginning at Broadway and 21st St. at 1:00 and continuing down to Tompkins Square Park, where DanceFest will run from 3:00 to 7:00. This year’s grand marshals are Ellenore Scott, Elizabeth Zimmer, DJ Jellybean Benitez, and Amy Marshall. The nonprofit that runs the parade declares, “This is our future. Open your heart! Free your mind! Face your fears! Live your soul! Dance!” Among those participating in the parade are the Congolese Association for the Development of Authentic African Music, Song Hee Lee Dance Company, One Love – the Dancing Path, BellyRhythm, Toury Chivas of Colombia, KineticArchitecture, the New York Swing Dance Society, Hip Hop Fusion, Fitnotic, the House of Yes, Renegadevirus, and dozens of others. The after-party in Tompkins Square Park will feature a social dance as well as two stages of performances and lessons from such companies as Contemporary Ballet Theatre, Inner Spirit Dance, 60x60, NYC Bhangra, Martha Graham II, Yosakoi Dance Project, the Amazing Amy: Yoga Contortion Dancing, Manhattan Tribal, and Strictly Traditional Tango. Everybody, dance now!