To provide a brief history lesson: In the 19th century, ballroom dancing was deemed "the work of the devil". In the 1920s, New York City enacted the Cabaret Law to stem interracial dancing from Harlem Jazz Clubs. The 1930s had Nazi Germany quashing Swing Dancing because it was considered anarchistic. And in 2006, a New York State Supreme Court ruled that, unlike music, theater and painting, dance is not a constitutionally protected form of expression.

We acknowledge dance as a communicative, social form of expression. We come together in order 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.

This annual event works to promote ALL forms of dance, support it's artistic expression, educate the public about its diversity and to celebrate every year in a parade down Broadway with a Festival. We invite all those, both local and abroad, to join live bands, DJs and colorful floats to celebrate over 50 genres of dance! Everything from ballet to breakdance.

The parade will start between 22nd and 21st Street between Park Ave and 5th Ave, and continue down Broadway in history of dance order. At 8th St, the parade will head east into St. Mark's Place and finish at Tompkins Square Park, in the heart of East Village. It will be there when we will continue to boogie down to the sounds of house, disco, and techno.

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NYC Dance Parade
May 19th, 2012, 1PM
**No Cover**
**All Ages**
**Dress To Dance**