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Danse4Nia Announces Participation in 100th Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

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PHILADELPHIA - EntSun -- Antoinette Coward-Gilmore, founder and director of Nia-Next, Jr. Company of Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble and Danse4Nia Conservatory, Philadelphia's leading multicultural dance training program, is pleased to announce the jr. company and student's participation in the city's 100th Thanksgiving Day Parade. Presented by Dunkin, Danse4Nia was selected from amongst the city's elite dance community and performed alongside some of the nation's top talent including Macy Gray, Kathy Sledge and Yolanda Adams.

Debuting in 1919, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade was the country's first and has become a Delaware Valley staple. Celebrating 100 years, the Philadelphia holiday tradition took to the Ben Franklin Parkway last Thursday before thousands of fans. Though the balloons were grounded due to high winds, people of all ages and backgrounds braved the windy conditions to witness this centennial celebration.

"Thankful for the gift of dance, I am humbled by the opportunity afforded Nia-Next and Danse4Nia Conservatory. Participating in the Philadelphia 100th Thanksgiving Day Parade, exceeded our wildest expectations," comments Antoinette Coward-Gilmore, Danse4Nia founder and artistic director. "I'm grateful for the parade organizers and their confidence in my budding dancers and especially appreciative of the parents for their continuous love, support and sacrifice."

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"The centennial Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade was a wonderful way to start the holiday season. Special kudos to Danse4Nia Founder Antoinette Coward-Gilmore, for the opportunity afforded my daughter Sarah and the entire Danse4Nia family. Dancing before thousands on the Ben Franklin Parkway with a live television broadcast, for such a historic event, is an experience she'll never forget," proclaims Candace Smith, Nia-Next and Danse4Nia Conservatory parent.

From Shrek and Angry Birds to Daniel the Tiger and Dr. Seuss' The Grinch,  the balloons were grounded due to the wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service, but excitement was still in the air. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway was packed with Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade vets and newcomers alike, excited to witness choirs, marching bands, floats and a myriad of guests including Queer Eye's Carson Kressley.

For additional Philadelphia 100th Thanksgiving Day Parade photos follow Danse4Nia on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Danse4Nia/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/danse4niarepertoryensemble/). To learn more about Danse4Nia's programs including Nia-Next, Danse4Nia Conservatory and the Adult Dance Series, visit Danse4Nia.org or join them at Studio Danse4Nia - 143 West Walnut Lane Rear, in historic Germantown, for their open house and annual holiday parties: December 17th Adults, 20th & 21st children 4-17 yrs.

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