Tomorrow, at least 5073 dancers in 113 organizations representing 60 unique dance styles will dance down Broadway and through Manhattan in the 3rd annual New York Dance Parade. There’s samba
, salsa, ballet, Bulgarian, modern, circus streetdance, pole dancing (!!!)
, ecstatic, ballroom, belly; even our contra dancing cousins are joining in. But no square dancers.
Dance Parade Inc is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is:
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.
They want to honor Dance’s historical roots
, unite in respecting Dance’s diversity, support grasss-roots organizations, legitlmize Dance as a communicative
, social form of expression, and invoke joy and brotherhood.
Maybe square dancers would look silly among all the myriad ethnic and current urban dance styles. On the other hand
, if paired with the contra dancers (dance styles are together, in roughly historical order), it could be an interesting juxtaposition to show you can do a traditional dance style to modern music. And if square dancers aren’t there, and virtually every other social dance form is, what does that say about square dancing?