Dance Parade 2008 in New York City – Part 2

To start my second post on the 2008 Dance Parade, I want to present the bravest and most determined person in the parade. A very vigorous dancer, and a very good one, too.  Her act of bravery and determination?  She danced in high heels. A woman next to me basically gasped when she saw it and kept saying that the dancer was going to cripple herself by the end of the parade. I sure hope she didn’t. I honestly don’t know how she kept it up, though. She would have danced a mile at this point. Maybe she joined in really late and then dropped out after a couple of blocks. Anyway, she was great.  (Her dance style was more than just a little shake while walking around as she was most definitely doing some little moves and bumps and the like.  But at least she wasn’t leaping around.)

Our heroic/foolish/dancaholic woman was followed by a flamenco style dancer that I also enjoyed.

And she was followed by a swing group that was very vigorous on their own.  Nicely done, folks.

This group called themselves Dance Manhattan. Once again, I simply couldn’t capture the energy.

And the stilt dancers! Yeah, they were dancing. Not throwing each other around, but they were certainly dancing on their stilts.

The woman below was a favorite of mine. Really very much in the shimmy/shake kind of style. Very, very fun to watch. And a great person for the pose.

This next part was really nice. The man was dancing with the woman to the left and then the other woman, who was much lower energy, was just swirled into the dance. The first woman broke off and started dancing with others and the man and the smaller woman started into their own dance. Just one of those little vignettes that you wonder if it was planned or the smaller woman finally allowed the others to cajole her into the activity, or whatever. Not anything of consequence, but just a little bit of something else in the mix. Maybe. Incidentally, this was the Gotham Swing Club.

This next group, Zydeco Messenger was perhaps the oddest group in the parade. I really liked the music, but that’s the key. Although they danced, the whole point of this group was the music, not the dance. That’s not true of any other group in the whole parade.

This group had no announced name…I think. There was a car at the front with some small letter saying Yehoodi. It may have been the group or the sponsor, or the driver’s name who wants to make sure he gets in the right car every day. But the dancers were great. The blonde was the most eye-catching.

Some more dancers. I think they were still associated with the Yehoodi group.

This next group had two things of real note. Look at that little girl on stilts. Unreal. She always had an adult very near and very ready to catch her, but she was doing it all on her own. I can’t imagine she had done the whole parade to this point on the stilts, but she was going on pretty steadily.

She and the next bunch of people were associated with a group called “MetropolisInMotion.org” that had lots and lots of signs saying “Legalize Dancing”. I looked at their website and they complain that NYC’s caberet laws prohibit/limit dancing. Okay. But there’s an entire Dance Parade. NYC’s clubs are renowned for the dancing. But according to the group, dancing is a crime in NYC.

In that case, lots of criminal activity on the Saturday afternoon streets of NYC.

More dancing criminals. I imagine it was hard for the cops to keep their weapons holstered.

But it was a fun group and they really did dance up a (criminal) storm.

I don’t know what her style was, but that’s a jail cage on the float behind her.

Dancing women in chains.

Roller Boogie anyone? It’s Sisters in Motion! The oddest part about this group was that the first part of it were mostly male.  It’s a strange thing when I think about it.  I was more intrigued by the misnaming of the group (or at least the fact that the “Sisters” included men rather than the fact that everyone was wearing roller skates.  I guess it’s easier for me to transport back to 1978.)

More Sisters in Motion.

Hula hoops were a popular part of the parade. Yeah, hula hoops. It makes me think about buying stock in Whammo or whatever. I saw them in several separate sections of the parade so maybe they’re making one of their periodic comebacks.

All I know about this group is the name “Peter Munch” on the float. It really didn’t strike a chord with me and I just have virtually no memory of their being around other than they were passing out some sort of flyers that I refused.

This next guy had the whole block all to himself. And he carried it off well.

This group was called “Music in Motion”. They were good, but nothing special. And then something drew them over to my side of the street and they started to put on some sort of dance exhibition. I didn’t know what was going on.

Here you can see them all looking over to my side of the street. They really started to do some dancing. I was delighted at the display, but didn’t have a clue as to the cause.

And then I looked to my left. Well, they had something of a competitor/friend who was apparently doing some sort of a dance challenge on them. This may be the best picture I got the whole day.

-H

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4 Comments on “Dance Parade 2008 in New York City – Part 2”

  1. -=ali* Says:

    yay so far so good. Nice coverage* Metropolis in Motion is one of the first groups that really pushed for the Dance Parade to happen. . .so the reason we have a whole parade for it is actually partially thanks to them.

    there website is http://www.metromo.org and they are fighting a real fight. . .i go to several dance clubs that get shut down almost once a month and have to pay a hefty ticket price over a grand just to reopen. . .because they are operating without a cabaret license. . but the zoning in place does not allow many new places to receive it. Its the city’s way to take clubs money and shut down some fun.

    The little girl on stilts did THE WHOLE PARADE and rocked out in thompsons sq park afterwards too** This is not her first parade** shes awesome. . . and taller than ive ever seen her.

    and for more hula hooping fun check out http://www.groovehoops.com and http://www.colorwheel.ws/ there are weekly classes available to the public.

  2. bicycle13 Says:

    The little girl on stilts walked the entire parade except the last two blocks when we spotted the ice-creamm parlor I promised.

  3. acrpiaces Says:

    Sisters in Motion is actually “all Sisters” they were the only people in uniformity, so I’d say.. they certainly looked like sisters to me.. maybe the guys in the beginning were there to help the sisters.. maybe the first guy seen wasnt a part of the group at all.. maybe the other two guys were making sure that the sisters did no fall into any of the potholes or cracks along the parade route. I personally think it was a feat that they managed to go across a whole block of cobblestone, on skates no doubt, and no one fell.. of course that was an adlib because most parade routes are not make of cobblestone. So, I am not sure what was so intruiging about the name, because the fact is that all sisters were performing and YESSS they were all on skates..

    you can find out more about them at http://www.sistersinmotionnyc.com


  4. […] next picture captures someone I think I’ve seen before. In one of my posts on the 2008 Dance Parade in Manhattan, I saw this little girl (at least I think it’s the same girl) walk a long ways […]


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