Upload a free dance video entry to the “Dare to Dance” challenge for a chance to win $1,000

By SILE MOLONEY

Dare to Dance Challenge Flyer
Image courtesy of Dance Parade New York

Dance Parade New York is once again launching its popular “Dare to Dance” challenge, inviting choreographers and dance groups to submit videos of newly created works for cash prizes, with winning submissions being shown during the Virtual Dance Parade on Saturday May 22. , 2021, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. EST. The first place winner, selected by a five-person review panel, receives $1,000, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

The Dare to Dance Challenge was launched last year when Dance Parade, an outdoor dance festival that brings together New York’s dance community each year, had to go virtual due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions. . More than 3,000 people logged on to Zoom and Facebook for a three-hour virtual event featuring dance battles, dance lessons and social dance halls.

Mona Freeman is Chair of the Dance Parade Curatorial Committee and said, “We want to create an opportunity that allows choreographers and dancers to stay connected to dance through virtual platforms while live onstage performances are suspended during the coronavirus pandemic. She added, “We are curious to see how a year spent working in isolation using the new social media platforms like TikTok, IG and Zoom will influence the quality of work.”

According to Dance Parade New York, the Dare to Dance challenge is for choreographers and dance groups to create a digital work around the theme “Dance brings us together.” The rules provide that three or more dancers must participate while respecting social distancing with only one submission per registrant.

Freeman observed last year that there were a lot of contemporary dance submissions. She hopes for more diversity in dance as Dance Parade’s core mission is inclusion and a celebration of all forms of dance, from contemporary to ethnic. Last year’s winner, Ntrinsik Movement, with its Kindred Spirit project, creatively embodied ideas of the ‘new normal’ of social interaction, mask-wearing and working in different places rather than a work staged in a theater or performance space.

Greg Miller is Executive Director of Dance Parade New York and said, “What we show with Dance Parade is that there is a deep need to dance. It is a way of expressing and feeling joy.

The deadline for submission of works is Friday, May 7 at midnight and admission is free. Artwork must be created on or after March 13, 2020 and videos must be uploaded to a public link on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook or other online platform. For full contest rules and to submit a contest entry, visit the Dance Parade homepage.

To watch last year’s winning entry, Kindred Spirit, click here.