If you’re anywhere near New York City on May 17, the second annual New York Dance Parade is something worth checking out. Organized by the nonprofit group Dance Parade in an effort to increase the public’s appreciation of dance, this full-blown display of music and dance will start on 28th Street and head down Broadway to University Place.

An estimated of 5,000 dancers, led by jazz legend (and 2003 DT Lifetime Achievement Award winner) Luigi and DJ Jonathan Peters, will display their talents in 29 different dance styles. Even Mayor Bloomberg encourages New Yorkers to attend this unique festival.

To volunteer or participate, visit www.danceparade.org.

Did you know that singer/actress Mya could tap dance? Neither did we, but apparently she does. It’s all part of CBS’ new show, “Secret Talents of the Stars,” which will feature celebrities competing each week in a tournament-style format to determine who has the best “hidden talent.” (Think of it as the new “America’s Got Talent.”)

The show, produced by Magic Molehill Productions, Inc., premieres live today, April 8, at 10 pm ET/PT and 7 pm CT. Some of the celebrities featured include country singer Clint Black, former child actor Danny Bonaduce, professional boxer Ric Flair, comedian Ben Stein and Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen. Mya’s routine is choreographed by none other than DT May cover subject Jason Samuels Smith! (Be sure to stay tuned next month to read all about his journey from teen prodigy to spokesman for tap.)

The celebrities’ performances will be critiqued by a yet-to-be-announced judging panel, but it’s home viewer votes that will determine who moves on in the competition. The live finale will air Thursday, May 22 at 8 pm ET/PT, when the four finalists will compete one last time. Who knows, maybe this new experience will help them discover new careers. Now that’s something you definitely can’t miss!

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