Celebrate “Back To The Streets” 16th Annual Dance Parade And Dancefest
Saturday, May 21, 2022
10,000 Dancers Dance Down Broadway With Grand Marshals
Eduardo Vilaro, Heidi Latsky And Rich Medina
Photos from a previous occurrence can be found near the bottom of this page.
Update on May 9, 2022: Listing of Participating Groups has been added. To be found farther down along this page.
Heads down Broadway from 21st Street onto University Place. Turns eastward on 8th Street and continues onto St. Marks Place to Tompkins Square Park in the East Village.
Grand Stand is at Astor Place Plaza.
The parade is free BUT if you’d like tickets for seating at the Grandstand then visit this page to purchase them.
New York, NY– March 10, 2022 – Come and join in the festive fun and joy at the 16th Annual Dance Parade, Saturday, May 21, when we return to the streets with more than 10,000 dancers, live bands, DJs and over 100 unique styles of dance and culture.
“After a two year hiatus hosting a virtual event during the COVID pandemic, we are invigorated and raring to get “Back to the Streets” for this year’s parade and festival,” Greg Miller, Dance Parade’s Executive Director. “Added to our regular programming will be a live Tango, Salsa and Afro-Cuban Conga bands, more floats and art cars, stepped-up education outreach, Dance Battles, a Soul Train Line and more DJs.”
Headlining the event as Grand Marshals are: Heidi Latsky, Artistic Director of Heidi Latsky Dance; Rich Medina, house, hip hop and Afrobeat DJ; and Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO, Ballet Hispánico. (full bios)
On May 21, at 12:30 pm the annual event kicks off at 20th and Broadway and brings together dancers from around the city to showcase dance styles in a cross-cultural, rhythm-infused magical display of human movement, art and color. Dance styles reflect the cosmopolitan legacy of the city and the elastic inventiveness of the form, and include African, Asian-Indian, avant garde contemporary, ballet, Indian bhangra, Bolivian Carporalesn, 5Rhythms, breaking, Traditional Chinese, contemporary, hip-hop, Irish, Indonesian, Jamaican Dance Hall, lindy hop, modern, roller disco, salsa, Tahitian and tango.
Says Grand Marshal Eduardo Vilaro, “I’m proud to headline New York City’s largest dance event—Movement and community is so vital to our well being which the pandemic stole from us. We look forward to being a part of Dance Parade’s citywide celebration!”
Violeta Galagarza, Executive Artistic Director of KR3TS Dance Company, “Due to the pandemic, we’re able to finally dance freely in the streets. This historical moment is important to us because the urban style of Hip Hop began in the streets and we are passionate about celebrating our 32nd year!”
Xianix Barrera, Artistic Director, “We are thrilled to be back to the streets with our parade float and our growing flamenco community – after COVID-19 we want to show New York City that we remain strong and as passionate about flamenco dance as ever. Ole!
Parade groups with choreography are invited to perform before our Grand Stand in Astor Plaza before the final stint along Saint Marks Place to Avenue A. DanceFest serves as a Grand Finale to the parade from 3 to 7 pm in Tompkins Square Park which includes curated performances on 3 stages, “Experience Dance Booths,” two teaching areas of various dance styles and a dance party, all free to the Public.
Dancers of all ages will have participated in ten-week education programs sponsored made possible by The National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The workshops are run in schools, recreation centers and city parks in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Though many aspects of the cabaret law has been repealed the parade recognizes that the zoning laws still restrict dancing in most parts of the city and will express its roots with a presence by the New York Dance Police (NYDP) – a jovial group of uniformed officers inspiring the crowds to dance and celebrate the spirit of Dance Parade. In contrast to the real Dance Police of the Mayor Giuliani era, anyone caught not dancing could be cited with a summons to attend a free dance class or party in the city.
Photos taken at a parade before COVID came around:
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