New ‘Dare to Dance’ contest offers money for videos that bring dancers together while social distancing

Dance groups and choreographers have a chance to win money by submitting a video to this year’s dance parade and festival.

Dance Parade has officially announced the Dare-To-Dance challenge for dancers. Those who participate are invited to submit an original one-minute video that brings dancers together through technology while respecting social distancing. Artist submissions containing an element of audience engagement are also welcome.

The deadline for submitting videos is May 7. Winners have a chance to win $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.

The DanceFest curation committee is a team of five dance professionals who will review all submissions. The winning videos will be showcased at the 14th Annual Virtual Dance Parade and Festival, which will air on Zoom on Saturday.

Based in New York, Dance Parade is a non-profit organization that aims to promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form. Every year they hold a citywide parade and festival to celebrate over 100 different dance styles. Highlights of this year’s festival will include an inauguration ceremony, the DanceFest teaching stage and numerous virtual dances with DJ Liquid Todd on the New York grandstand.

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