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Occupy Dance in the Dance Parade!

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Join us for a Dance Party in the street! More details to come.

Occupy Dance in the Dance Parade - Saturday May 18th
Planning meeting - Wednesday May 8th, 6:30 pm (after Ballet on the Barricades) Union Square - meet at the Gandhi statue.

The cabaret law was written to stop the same sort of free association that happened at, and the social consciousness that arising from, the occupation of Liberty Square. And the cabaret law is enforced in the same selective way that has been common to the policing of Occupy events. Dance should not be relegated to commodity status, an art form only to be enjoyed as spectacle for the wealthy. In a society where dancers must perform and teach dance in order to make a living, how do we liberate dance so that it is accessible to all? How will we dispel the myth that one must be qualified to dance, know the steps, have the moves, be a “good dancer”? Occupy Dance!

From the Dance Parade website:
We acknowledge dance as a communicative, social form of expression. Dance Parade serves as an evolution answer to historical suppression of dance. In the 19th century, ballroom dancing was deemed devil’s work. In the 1920’s, New York City enacted the Cabaret Law to stem interracial dancing from Harlem Jazz Clubs. The 1930’s 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 was not a constitutionally protected form of expression. In contrast, Dance Parade celebrates the diversity found in its many forms and showcases dance’s immense cultural and communicative importance.

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