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Winter’s Eve Festival Dec 2nd! We Recommend Dance Parade NYC May 17, 2014 and Congratulate 2014 Grand Marshall Jawole Willa Jo Zollar!

DanceParade NYC is the annual fun gathering of assorted NYC/ NJ dancers, amateur and professional, who usher in a wonderful summer with a parade. Anyone can join the parade or observe.

On Saturday, May 17th, 2014 get the best seat on the parade route here as dancers stop and perform in front of this year’s GRANDSTAND! Watch dance organizations announced by our MC as they dance their way to Tompkins Square Park for a DanceFest. Bring your camera–there’s no other event quite like this one! –
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Introducing Our First 2014 Grand Marshal : Jawole Willa Jo Zollar!
Introducing our very first Grand Marshal for the 2014 Season,  Founding Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women Dance Company: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar!
From Kansas City, Missouri, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar trained with Joseph Stevenson, a student of the legendary Katherine Dunham. After earning her B.A. in dance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, she received her M.F.A. in dance from Florida State University. In 1980 Jawole moved to New York City to study with Dianne McIntyre at Sounds in Motion. Jawole developed a unique approach to enable artists to strengthen effective involvement in cultural organizing and civic engagement, which evolved into UBW’s acclaimed Summer Leadership Institute. She serves as director of the Institute, founding artistic director of UBW and currently holds the position of the Nancy Smith Fichter Professor of Dance and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor at Florida State University.
Choreography/Company. In 1984 Jawole founded Urban Bush Women (UBW) as a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. In addition to thirty-four works for UBW, she has created works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, University of Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth University and others; and with collaborators including Compagnie Jant-Bi from Senegal and Nora Chipaumire. In 2006 Jawole received a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her work as choreographer/creator of Walking With Pearl…Southern Diaries. Featured in the PBS documentary, “Free to Dance,” which chronicles the African American influence on modern dance, Jawole was designated a Master of Choreography by the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in 2005. Her company has toured five continents and has performed at venues including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and The Kennedy Center. UBW was selected as one of three U.S. dance companies to inaugurate a cultural diplomacy program for the U.S. Department of State in 2010. In 2011 Jawole choreographed visible with Chipaumire, a theatrical dance piece that explores immigration and migration. In 2012 Jawole was a featured artist in the film Restaging Shelter, produced and directed by Bruce Berryhill and Martha Curtis, and currently available to PBS stations. Jawole is collaborating with MacArthur Fellow Liz Lerman to animate wealth and poverty in America.

Current Work and Accomplishments. 
Jawole developed a unique approach to enable artists to strengthen effective involvement in cultural organizing and civic engagement, which evolved into UBW’s acclaimed Summer Leadership Institute. She serves as director of the Institute, founding artistic director of UBW and currently holds the position of the Nancy Smith Fichter Professor of Dance and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor at Florida State University.
Recent Awards/Honors. A former board member of Dance/USA, Jawole received a 2008 United States Artists Wynn fellowship and a 2009 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial. Still dancing, she recently toured in a sold-out national tour presented by 651 ARTS as a leading influential dancer/choreographer on a program that included her early mentor Dianne McIntyre, her collaborator Germaine Acogny, Carmen de Lavallade and Bebe Miller. As an artist whose work is geared towards building equity and diversity in the arts Jawole was just awarded the 2013 Arthur L. Johnson Memorial award by Sphinx Music at their inaugural conference on diversity in the arts. Recently, Jawole was a recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.

Arthur L. Johnson Memorial award. 
Awarded for work geared toward building diversity in the arts.
Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Awarded to twenty of America’s most vital artists working in the fields of contemporary dance, jazz and theatre.

Otto René Castillo award for Political Theatre. 
Recognizes and supports theatre companies and artists that use their stages and talents to make positive and humane social, political, moral, philosophical and aesthetic statements.

Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Dance. The highest honor bestowed by the FSU faculty on one of its own.

The White House. Jawole was invited to participate in a meeting the White House convened on using creative and collaborative approaches to community-building and civic engagement.
Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Presented for choreography.
FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance. Presented by 651 Arts, Jawole was featured as a leading influential dancer/choreographer on a program that included her mentor Dianne McIntyre, her collaborator Germaine Acogny, Carmen de Lavallade and Bebe Miller.
United States Artists Wynn Fellow.
Awarded for diversifying the discipline’s field of vision.


New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie). Presented for her work as choreographer/creator of Walking With Pearl…Southern Diaries.

The Kennedy Center. Selected as Master of African American Choreography.

Honorary doctorate. Bestowed by Columbia College in Chicago.


PBS Documentary “Free to Dance.” Featured in this film which chronicles the African American influence on modern dance.

Photo credits: Crush Boone


In her choreography, Zollar creates avant-garde dance-theater productions that speak from the black female perspective. Her pieces are collaborative performances between dancers, vocalists, artists, actors, composers and musicians, including vocalizations, a cappella singing, storytelling, and social commentary. Through these mediums, Zollar pushes towards social awareness and change. Zollar also explores African-American folk traditions and the reality of the black woman’s experience, tackling uncomfortable and controversial social topics such as abortion, racism, sexism, and homelessness, in a hard-edged and straightforward way. Many dance critics say that Zollar’s company makes a point to show the reality of African-American culture, revealing how black Americans express themselves when not in the presence of whites.

Jazz music has always sparked Jawole’s creativity. The company’s name was inspired by a jazz album named Urban Bushmen.

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Ring in the Holidays Dance Parade Style at the 14th Annual Winter’s Eve Monday, December 2nd

Join Dance Parade At 14th Annual Winter’s Eve At Lincoln Square Monday, December 2nd

Written by on November 16, 2013


Dance Parade New York has once again been asked to participate in New York’s largest holiday festival by adding Dance Parade veterans Buglisi Dance Theatre and Fraternidad Cultural Incallajta N.Y. to the diverse entertainment roster. Join us as we usher in the holiday season in true Dance Parade spirit on Monday, December 2nd at 5:30 in Lincoln Square for Winter’s Eve!

Enjoy free world-class musical performances, street festivities and more at great spaces throughout Lincoln Square! As you walk along the streets of the neighborhood, you will hear music resonating from the unique instruments and voices of a variety of talented performers as this Upper West Side neighborhood is transformed into a winter wonderland!

Winter’s Eve, New York’s largest holiday festival, will kick off at 5:30pm with the Upper West Side’s only tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park (Broadway and 63rd Street).

Fourteenth Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

On Monday, December 2, 2013 the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and presenting sponsor Time Warner will host the Fourteenth Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square – New York’s largest holiday festival! Join Tony Award-winning, Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars and WABC-TV’s Sade Baderinwa as we welcome the holiday season and light up the Upper West Side with an evening of music, food, dancing and fun for everyone.



There will be over 20 live, free performances featuring Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-stars, Brianna Thomas’ Jazz Quartet, world renowned DJ David Chang at the Winter’s Eve TD Bank Dance Party, GRAMMY nominated Brooklyn-based children’s band The Pop Ups at Kids’ Central, and Big Apple Circus, Kate Davis presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center and Ice Sculpting at Time Warner Center, and that’s not all!

Lincoln Square’s sidewalks and public spaces will come alive with music, performers, processional groups, jugglers, stilt-walkers and more, making for a festive fun-filled evening along the streets of this dynamic Upper West Side neighborhood.


Over 30 of Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants and eateries will offer food tastings at nominal cost ($1-$4) at three separate outdoor locations from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Dozens of local stores and neighborhood institutions will host activities and holiday cheer throughout the evening.

WHEN: Monday, December 2, 2013, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Rain, Snow or Shine!

WHERE: The celebration begins with the lighting of the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd Street and continues along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street.

BY SUBWAY: Take the 1, A, B, C, or D train to 59th Street/Columbus Circle or the 1 train to 66th Street and Broadway.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please call 212.581.3774 or email


logoprepThe Actors Fund, whose Chair is Brian Stokes Mitchell, will be a new charitable partner of Winter’s Eve.  The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone-performers and those behind the scenes-who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 13,500 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has-for 131 years-been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition.

Admission to Winter’s Eve is free, but event attendees are encouraged to bring and donate gently used or new coats of all sizes to Dante Park at 63rd Street and Broadway as part of the 25th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive.

Other locations for dropping off coats on the night of Winter’s Eve will be posted here as the event approaches.

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Announcing Our Theme For Our Much Anticipated 8th Season:
It is no surprise that one of New York City’s premiere participatory events would choose such an exciting theme for its much anticipated 8th season.  After reviewing hundreds of nominees, our selection committee made it’s first choice.
This year’s theme, ‘Be The Momentum’, is a call to action, an invitation to dance.   We are planning on reaching out to as many new dance groups and styles this year, while further cultivating the vast variety of culture and talent that have appeared in the parade before to make this coming year our biggest and boldest yet!  For seven years, we have showcased over one hundred different dance groups and styles from all over the world and we are just getting warmed up.  As an added bonus this year, The 8th Annual Dance Parade and Festival will be broadcast live on television for the very first time ever! Won’t you join the celebration this year and ‘be the momentum’?

November 24, 2013 - Posted by | ART, CULTURE, HOLIDAY GUIDES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


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