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Dancing Down Broadway with Greater NY Chapter of USA Dance

Nicole Barron
Date Published:
July 1, 2012

The Greater New York Chapter was found dancing down Broadway and the streets of New York City on May 19. Members participated in the sixth annual New York Dance Parade which featured almost 6,000 dancers from 144 different dance organizations. In addition to ballroom dancing, the parade also featured dancers of roller disco, Bollywood, flamenco, hip-hop, ballet, and many more.

The Greater New York Chapter has been participating in the Dance Parade since its first year in 2007. Each year since then has grown to attract more dancers and more spectators. Daniel Libatique, who participated in his second Dance Parade this year, said, "It's a great chance to socialize with ballroom friends, show New Yorkers what ballroom is all about, and to see the best of what the New York dance scene has to offer outside of the ballroom world."

In addition to the Greater New York Chapter, members of local collegiate competitive dance teams also came to join in on the dancing fun. The Ballroom and Latin Dance Team at NYU has been participating in the Dance Parade for the Greater New York Chapter for the past few years. Kathleen Sun, a first time participant in Dance Parade and a member of the Ballroom Team at NYU, said, "It was so much fun dancing in our sea of purple shirts that proudly said USA Dance - The Best of NYC Ballroom, especially since I am a Newcomer/Bronze level [dancer on] the NYU team. I love all types of dance and I was very happy to represent the ballroom [for] NYC!"

In the last stretch of the parade, participants were asked to perform in front of a grandstand to show everyone their style of dance. The Greater New York Chapter danced a Cha Cha that drew cheers and applause from the crowd.

The parade ended at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village where participants and spectators congregated at DanceFest. DanceFest featured numerous performances, workshops, and socials that were free to the public in order to promote and celebrate dance.

"Dance Parade has been a wonderful way for the Greater New York Chapter to showcase ballroom to the people of New York City," said Yang Chen, president of the Greater New York Chapter. "We are pleased and excited each year to be a part of it, and this year, we couldn't have asked for a prettier spring day to dance down the streets of New York. We hope to be able to continue representing ballroom at the Dance Parade in years to come!"