2022 NYC Dance Parade Theme: “Back to the Streets” Happening in May

    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.

    Photo taken at a past year’s celebration at the NY Dance Parade.

    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.

    Participating Groups:

    Dance Organization Style
    5Rhythms 5Rhythms
    A-Y/dancers Contemporary Concert Dance
    A.Stars Dance Company Hip-Hop Majorette
    AFOVIC USA Peruvian Caporal
    Alison Cook Beatty Dance Modern Dance
    All Star Studios Jazz/Contemporary
    Andrés y Sarita Tango Argentine Tango
    BAD (Body All Dancers) Litefeet Hip Hop
    Ballet Hispanico Latinx Contemporary
    Batalá New York Afro-Brazilian Percussion & Dance
    BCDP Global Contemporary Fusion
    Bloco La Conga Conga Santiaguera
    BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance Contemporary/Modern
    Boss Kids Hip Hop
    Bronx Arena High School Break Dance
    Bronx G.E.M.S Hop hop , Pom , Cheer
    Brooklyn Gymnastics and Dance Rhythmic Gymnastics
    Brooklyn Royal Diamonds Dance Company Traditional Majorette & Jazz
    Brooklyn Swings and The Findyhoppers Swing dance
    C.I.C.T. (Creative Individuals Coming Together) Hip-Hop, Street Jazz
    Can’t Be Tamed (C.B.T) Hip Hop/Majorette
    Caporales San Simón A Filial NJ Bolivian Folkloric Dance
    Caporales San Simon La Paz filial New York Bolivian Caporales
    CarNYval Dancers AfroCaribbean
    Central Park East II Dream Team Hip Hop and Step
    Change Will Happen Bollywood
    Cheer 4 a Cause Cheerleading
    CPDSA/SK82FAME Dance Routines on Sk8es
    Creative Movement Expressions Performing Arts Program Hip Hop
    Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, Inc. Afro-Brazilian Samba & Senegalese Sabar
    Dancers Dreamzzz Mambo/Salsa, Hip Hop
    DanceSense Wellness Afya Afro Jazz
    Deep Playa NYC Deep/Organic House, Melodic Techno
    Diamond Dancers Majorette/ Hip Hop
    Disco Love New York & New Style Hustle
    Drum and Bass is love Drum and Bass
    Ecstatic Dance Ecstatic Dance
    Energy Dance Company Salsa and Street Jazz
    Energy in the Middle Roller Dance
    Erv Works Dance Contemporary
    Exit12 Dance Company Contemporary Ballet
    Explosion Dance Team Hip Hop / Soca
    F.F.C.U. Caporales San Simon SUCRE-Virginia Caporales
    FFCMorenada Bolivia USA Bolivian Morenada
    FFCS Caporales San Simon Filial VA Bolivian Caporales
    Fit4Dance Hip Hop, Soca, Afrobeat, Dancehall
    Flawless Dance Family Hip Hop/Majorette
    Flex Dance Program Flexn
    Flowers of Hope NY Belly Dancer and Zumba
    Fogo Azul NYC Brazilian Drumming / Samba, Reggae & Funk
    Folk Dance Club Kaleidoscope Slavic Folk Dance
    Fraternidad Folklorica y Cultural Caporales Universitarios de San Simon Cochabamba Filial NY Bolivian Dance
    Freaky Deaky Krewe Wierdos
    Freedom Dabka Palestinian
    Fusha Dance Company Afro Dance (Central Africa)
    Glassdolls and ToySoldiers Dance Company Majorette/Modern
    Glinda the Good Bus Radical Self Expression
    Glory City Chinese Contemporary
    Grand Marshal Heidi Latsky Physically Integrated Dance
    Grand Marshal Rich Medina Hip Hop, House & Afrobeat
    Groove NYC Inc Community Dance Experience
    Heartbreak Crew Hip-Hop
    Heidi Latsky Dance Physically Integrated Contemporary
    House Coalition House (Freestyle)
    House of Yes Social Dance Club
    Hyp-ACCESS Disabled dancers
    I.S. 347 School of Humanities West Sumatran
    IFE The Movement & Ntrinsik Studios Afro Caribbean / Majorette
    It’s Showtime NYC Street/Club Dance
    JBelly’s School of RAQ: Bellydance Raqs Sharqi, Bellydance
    Judah International Dance Theatre Ballet
    Jump Dance Company Jazz / Contemporary
    JunXion Freeform
    KaisokahA/EnJproductions Caribbean Carnival
    Kids Breaking League Breaking
    King and Queen Radio Worldwide Freestyle (house, Disco, Reggae
    Klassy Katz Elite Dance Team Inc Majorette
    Kostume Kult Burner Freestyle
    KR3TS Dance Company Hip Hop, Litefeet, Latin freestyle
    La Guardia Imperial / Dock Sud Tango
    Los Andulleros de Santiago USA Dominican Carnival, Lechones de Santiago
    Luca’s Lounge House
    Main Character Musical Participatory musical
    Marlon International Salsa
    Mazarte Dance Company Old and New Mexican Dance
    Midtown Swings Lindy Hop
    Moksha Arts Bollywood
    Move|NYC| Contemporary
    Moving for Life Dance Exercise
    New York Chinese Cultural Center Chinese Dance
    New York Chinese Qipao Association Inc Chinese dance
    NYC Hoop Troupe Hula Hoop Dance/Flow art
    NYC iSchool Mexican Folk Dance
    Okán of Soul Dance Co. Contemporary
    Opancici/Drina Serbian folk dance
    P.U.S.H. Dance Company Hip Hop & Street Jazz
    PS 56 The Lewis H Latimer School Asian Fusion
    PS 86 The Irvington School Mexican Folk Dance
    PS/MS 34 Franklin D. Roosevelt School Congolese Dance
    Ritmo y Pasion Peruvian
    Royal Majesty Dance Company Majorette
    RudanceNY Ballroom & Traditional Chinese QuPao
    Salay Bolivia USA Bolivian Salay
    Saung Budaya Dance Traditional Indonesian/Sumatra
    Siren Project Electronic
    Sisterhood of Eclectic Bellydance Art, Inc. (SHEBA) Middle Eastern/ North African
    Solar Soundsystem NYC Breakbeat, Techno, House
    SoulPhamm Hip-Hop Majorette
    Sparky the Unicorn Burning Man Mutant Vehicle
    Sucre San Simon Caporales Bolivian Caporales
    Sunshine Dance NYC Chinese Classical Dance
    Surati for Performing Arts Indian classical, folk, Bollywood, fusion,
    Sweet Kicks Outdoor dance
    Tandava Arts Bellydance Bellydance
    Team Kogyoku Japanese Yosakoi
    Tecuanes Quetzalcoatl Folkloric
    The Golden Dancerettes LLC: House of Gold Dance Academy Majorette/HBCU
    The Pirate Queen’s Revenge Burner
    Tinkus San Simon Filial Virginia Bolivian Tinkus
    Tropicalfete, Inc Caribbean
    UCHS Saberettes Cheerleading
    Ukranian Dance Ensemble Ukranian Folkloric
    Urban dance Opportunities Afro-Caribbean, South African Kuduru
    USA Irish Dance Alliance Irish dancing
    Vinyl Nights Hip Hop, Hustle, Roller Disco
    xdance studio latin dance mix
    Xianix Barrera Flamenco Co. Flamenco
    Yvonne Gutierrez’s Herencia Flamenco and Salsa Reunion

    Photos taken at a parade before COVID came around:

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