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

Dance groups and choreographers have a chance to win cash for submitting a video to this year’s Dance Parade and Festival.

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

The deadline to submit videos is May 7. Winners have a shot at winning $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

DanceFest’s Curation Committee is a team of five dance professionals who will review all submissions. Winning videos will be shown at the virtual 14th Annual Dance Parade and Festival, which will be broadcast on Zoom on Saturday.

Based in New York City, Dance Parade is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form. Every year they host a city-wide parade and festival to celebrate over 100 different styles of dance. This year’s festival highlights will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the DanceFest teaching stage and a lot of virtual dancing with DJ Liquid Todd on the New York Grandstand.

For more information, visit danceparade.org/dare-to-dance-challenge.

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