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3-5pm May 19, 2012 from Tompkins Square Park in NYC
LAST DANCE! – Dance Parade NYC

Special Artsy Fartsy Show Broadcast from Tompkins Square Park celebrating the 2012 Dance Parade NYC

Dance Parade NYC takes over Manhattan on Saturday, May 19th as over 6000 dancers, over 150 dance groups showcasing almost 80 different dance genres and cultures dance down Broadway in a multi-cultural, rhythm infused, magical display of movement, art and color!
The Artsy Fartsy Show’s Barika Edwards and Desi K. Robinson (Women in the Making) will be broadcasting live from Tompkins Square Park from 3-5pm at the end of the parade route interviewing dancers, dance activist, parade watchers and instrumental people in New York City’s dance community. You’ll hear the sounds and activites from the parade during the broadcast and a musical tribute to Donna Summer from the WBAI 99.5FM engineer booth at our station on Wall Street.
TUNE IN TO WBAI 99.5FM or stream.wbai.org at from 3-5pm Sat. May 19, 2012
The Parade, which unites dancers of all genres throughout the City under the 2012 theme “United We Dance Parade, honors four Grand Marshals – prima ballerina Ashley Tuttle, choreographer Elisa Monte, dancer Bill Shannon and DJ Jonathan Peters.  The Parade, which starts at 21st Street and Broadway, moves and grooves south through Union Square, into Astor Place where each group will be presented before a Grandstand.   Then east on St. Mark’s Place (8th Street) where the Parade dancers salsa, swing and two-step their ways into Tompkins Square Park in the East Village for Dance Fest.  Starting at 3pm, the Festival is a three-hour program of free dance performances, workshops, lessons and social dancing scattered throughout the Park.  Dance Parade includes over 70 styles of dance everything from classical ballet to contemporary hip-hop to folk dance traditions from African countries, Hawaii, Bolivia, Britain, India and the Caribbean.
History of Dance in NYC

The Cabaret Law, which originated in 1926 and was largely forgotten until early
1990s, was resurrected by Giuliani’s administration to address drug problems in
urban nightclubs. However, it inadvertently caused many legitimate dance
oriented establishments to be fined and shuttered. Judge Michael Stallman of the
New York Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that dance could not be differentiated
from aerobics and therefore was not considered an expressive form of art. Hence,
unlike music, film, theater, poetry, and fine art, social dancing was not protected
by the state’s Second Amendment Freedom of Expression clause.
In an effort to demonstrate that dance was indeed expressive, Greg Miller enlisted
civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, former head of the New York Civil Liberty
Union, to obtain a parade permit for 75 organizations to celebrate many diverse
cultural and movement forms as possible: a dance parade.

Happy Birthday to Barika Edwards our fearless leader.
Come Join the Artsy Fartsy Show’s Executive Producer in Tompkins Square Park and wish her a happy birthday.

Come Join the Artsy Fartsy Show’s live broadcast from Tompkins Square Park May 19, 2012 3-5pm