Sunday, May 20, 2012


The Dance Parade pays homage to the spirit of dance - a tribute to the history, cultures, people, founders and styles of dance that touch millions each day,” says Greg Miller, Founder/Director of Dance Parade New York. “This parade, the only one of its kind, establishes dance as an expressive art form for all ages. It provides an interactive platform on which to educate spectators about various cultures and their unique forms of dance, while inviting them to join the fun and start dancing!”

Like every year the best and most entertaining groups were the one from South America with their costumes and incredible high energy.

Thousands of dancers showcasing over 60 styles of dance, from Ballroom to Hip-Hop, down Broadway to the East Village! 

The Parade ended up in Tompkins Square Park where DanceFest came together with free dance performances, free dance lessons and a Dance Party.

A bientôt,
Pierre Candra
for NicNat Chat!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Jane’s Carousel,come ride with me...

If like me you are still a child at heart you need to visit Jane’s Carousel in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, where it is magically set on the East River, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

The Carousel was created in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, it was originally installed in Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio.

Bought at auction by Jane and David Walentas on October 21, 1984. Their bid for the entire Carousel prevented it from being sold off piecemeal.

It is a classic 3-row machine with 48 carved horses, and 2 chariots. The wood carvings, often attributed to John Zalar and Frank Carretta, are among the finest of their kind. In addition, the scenery panels, rounding boards, crests, center pole and platform are all original to the Carousel. It was the first Carousel to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Carousel is now housed in a spectacular Pavilion designed by Pritzker Prize winning French architect Jean Nouvel

The carousel is operated year-round for the enjoyment of children of all ages. $2 admission.

A bientôt,

Pierre Candra
for NicNat Chat!