What Is Dance Parade?

Dance Parade is a non-profit organization that inspires dance through the celebration of diversity. For the past 11 years, the organization has produced parades in the heart of New York City and will light up Boston with it’s first ever Dance Parade Boston on Saturday July 22, 2017. (date and route subject to change)

Promoting dance as a galvanizing art force, Dance Parade showcases dance in all its forms, educates the public about opportunities to experience dance, and celebrates the diversity of dance through a city-wide dance parade and festival.

The first Annual Dance Parade Boston will cut its ribbon before the Massachusetts State House to thousands of dancers who will dance through Boston down Park and Tremont streets and along Boylston Street to Copley Square. Over 20 styles of dance will be represented, everything from ballet to breakdance through the heart of Boston. Dance with us in the parade or join us anywhere along the Parade route. The 1.2mile dance through the streets will culminate at Copley Square, be sure to stay for the Festival from 3:00pm-7:00pm.  Free dance lessons, performances, and so much more await you!

REGISTER TODAY and promote your dance troupe, school or club. Dance Parade only comes along once a year. Don’t miss it!

Our Mission:

To promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form by showcasing all forms of dance, educating the general public about the opportunities to experience dance, and celebrating diversity of dance in New York City by sponsoring a yearly city-wide dance parade and dance festival.

We dance.
 
We dance for cultural equity.  
 
We represent all dances, including yours. Our 80+ unique dance styles are the world’s largest display of cultural diversity. We keep historical dances alive, like Armenian Folk dancing and Bolivian Caporales, and showcase new dance forms like Litefeet, Waacking and Brazillian Zouk. We unite cultures and generations, introducing teenagers to tango, clubbers to square-dancing, and seniors to hip-hop.
 
We dance for emotional and physical health. 
 
Dance ​expresses identity – yours, mine, and ours together. Dancing rejuvenates our bodies and minds, motivates us, and we share joy. Dancers master new skills, personal and interpersonal, developing self-esteem and community pride. We put creativity in motion, with performances, classes, costumes, parade floats, and our Dance Police (NYDP) — who playfully ticket “bystanders” for not dancing.
 
We dance to educate and empower. 
 
We send certified teaching artists to schools and community centers. Participants discover they can communicate vital feelings and ideas by dancing, and gain insight into other cultures. We support emerging dance groups by reaching broad audiences and document their artistry, which they use for fundraising and promotion.
 
We dance for freedom and peace.
 
Our root is social justice. Our rhythm is unity. In the 1800’s, ballroom dancing was deemed devil’s work. In the 1920’s, New York City enacted the Cabaret Law to stem interracial dancing in Harlem Jazz Clubs. Nazi Germany banned “anarchistic” Swing Dancing in the 1930’s. Even recently, in 2006, a New York State Supreme Court ruled that, unlike other forms of art, social dance was not a constitutionally protected form of expression. We stand for all dancers, including you.
 
We dance.