Get your GFP Boston Gay Pride on!

Dancers,

PRIDE season is upon us.

Grab your rainbow cowboy hats, your sparkliest boots, and maybe a feather boa. Dirty Water Saloon and Gays for Patsy will be marching (dancing, really) in the Boston Pride Parade, and you KNOW you want to join us. This is shaping up to be the biggest Pride in Boston Pride history, so don’t miss out.

Gays for Patsy started in 1988 as a whimsically named contingent in Boston’s Gay Pride parade. Since then we’ve been queering country dance through social dances, hoedowns, workshops, performances, and more. Be a part of this important tradition.

Mark your calendars!
This year’s parade is Saturday, June 10 and begins in Copley Square. We are gathering at 12:20 at 755 Boylston Street.

Social dance venues with Pride dances or events…

Gays for Patsy (GFP) Queer Country Social Dance PRIDE Dance

Sunday, June 4 • Suggested sliding scale donation: $12 ($8 members)
First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Come to our hour-long workshop on beginning Salsa with Beth. Then dance the afternoon away with our DJ Ruth who will play a selection of music across genres that you can Two-Step, West Coast Swing, Salsa, line dance galore, East Coast Swing, Waltz, and more. Friendly, gender-role-free crowd. We will also teach a variation of DHSS that we’ll be doing at the Pride Parade.

3:00 pm: Beginner Salsa lesson with Beth
4:00 pm: Open Dancing with DJ Ruth

Dirty Water Saloon PRIDE Dance

Tuesday, June 6 • Sliding Scale Fee $1-$10
Bella Luna/Milky Way, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain

You know you love this dance! Come practice for Pride this Tuesday. We’ll be reviewing the basics of two-step and teaching DHSS, a beginner+ line dance that is easily adapted for the parade route.

7:00 pm: Beginner Two-step lesson with Jim
7:45 pm: DHSS with Kendra
8:15-10:00 pm: Open Dancing with DJ Bob

JP Contra PRIDE Dance with Dean Allemang

Saturday June 10 at 7:30 pm
First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Boston Gender Free Contra Dance for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Folks and Friends!

Swingtime

Swingtime has swing, Latin, and ballroom dancing for the LGBTQ community and our allies. Includes an East Coast swing dance lesson beforehand with the fabulous Liz Nania. Their PRIDE dance was June 3, but stay tuned for info on upcoming dances.

See you on the dance floor!
Kendra, your GFP PRIDE Coordinator

Country Dancing is Good for Your Brain!

In a recent New York Time’s article, “Walk, Stretch or Dance? Dancing May Be Best for the Brain”, a study found that out of a number of activities given to an aging group of test subjects, country western dancing significantly made a difference in keeping brain function. Granted this is a small study over a short period of time, but anyone who dances knows navigating the dance floor and learning line dances does keep us on our toes (literally and figuratively).

So get dancing

At Gays for Patsy we have offer the following opportunities (akas: dances) to fortify your brain (more info below or click on the links to go to our website):

Weekly: Dirty Water Saloon (on Tuesdays)
Monthly: Queer Country Socials (3rd Saturday and some Sundays)
Yearly: Spring Stomp: A Hoedown in P-town April 28-30, 2017 (coming up!)

All are great ways to get out, learn new things and exercise your brain.

Our dances are for everyone though we are mainly a queer organizaiton (LGBTQA+S = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Asexual, and Straight).  All we ask is that you don’t care about gender norms and want to have fun.

No experience? We’ll learn ya
No partner? We’ll find ya some.

So get out and dance already!

Bob “da prez” Sweeney,
Gays for Patsy

Dirty Water Saloon graphicDirty Water Saloon

Tuesdays • 7-10 pm
Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge • Jamaica Plain

This is a small venue that we have fun with experimenting with music, line dances, and more. It’s a fun dance that has a bar/restaurant so you can come order a drink or a pizza and enjoy the dance as you go along.

April’s Dirty Water Saloon Dances:

Date 7:00 pm
Partner Dance Lesson
7:45 pm
Line DanceLesson
8:15-10 pm
Social Dancing DJ
Demo videos
April 11 West Coast Swing
peer taught
Sick of Me
with Kendra
(Stepsheet)
DJ: Sam
April 18 West Coast Swing
with Alan Gaskell
Power Surge
with Jim
(Stepsheet)
DJ: Bucky
April 25 DJ: Bob

queer country social logoQueer Country Social

April 15 • 6:30-11 pm
1st UU Church of Jamaica Plain

The space is much bigger than Dirty Water Saloon and has a wonderful dance floor. This month we’re venturing into tango! Patrick and Beth will be teaching a basic tango lesson and Beth will teach a tango based line dance Burlesque, and our DJ Bob will play a mix of two step, west coast, east coast, line dances galore, tango, and a waltz or two.

April 15’s Dance at a Glance

6:30 pm
Beginner Two Step
Lesson
7 pm
Beyond the Basics
Lesson
7:30 pm
Line Dance
Lesson
8-11 pm
Social Dancing
Demo Video
Beginner Two-Step
with Beth
Beginning Tango
with Patrick & Beth
Burlesque
with Beth
(Stepsheet)
DJ: Bob

Spring Stomp graphicSpring Stomp: A Hoedown in P-town

April 28–30, 2017 — Our 25th year!
Sage Inn and Lounge and Provincetown Town Hall

Here's the latest schedule as of March 8, 2017 There’s so much going on this weekend that a quick blurb can’t suffice. With 3½ dances, workshops, and lessons you’ll have a great time. We have Alan Gaskell and Simone teaching the partner dance workshops and offering private lessons! We’ll be teaching 6 line dances this weekend and adding a Sunday t-dance so you can get some dancing in before heading home. But don’t wait to buy your tickets, the “early bird” price will be going away soon and you’ll have to pay full price! There’s a list of discounted guest houses on the site (just mention Stomp).

NOTE: If you want to partake of the Sunday Brunch from 8-10 am at Sage Inn and Lounge, you must buy your brunch ticket by Friday, April 14! (we need to let Sage know).

Gays for Patsy’s Renegaydes

The Renegaydes are our own performance dance group. You’ll see them at our Spring Stomp, our Pride dance, and the IAGLCWDC (International Association of Gay and Lesbian Country Dance Clubs) convention in Miami. Come check them out. They’re working on a fun routine choreographed by Bucky Chappell. It should be fun. The Renegaydes also has a facebook page at GFPRenegaydes.

Our Social Media

Learn two step, tango, and waltz!

Here at Gays for Patsy, we’ve come up with a bunch of fun opportunities for you to learn country western dance styles in April.

As soon as Tuesday, you can learn a two-step move, the mechanics of country waltzing, west coast swing, tango, and more from professional dance instructors. Come to our weekly (Dirty Water Saloon), monthly (Queer Country Social), or our yearly (Spring Stomp!) and you’ll be dancing and having fun before you know it.

No experience or partner required, just a willingness to have fun.

We offer a safe welcoming environment to LGBTAQ+S* folk to learn country western dancing and have fun while doing it.

*LGBTQA+S = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Questioning, Asexual and Straight (or just queer). We don’t care who you are, just come with a willingness to have fun and not worry about gender roles.

Line Dancing!

If you love line dancing, we’ll be teaching Counting Stars and Burlesque and a bunch more (still gathering our line up). Check out our list of  line dances to see what we’ve taught in the past few years and of course we’re always willing to learn or play your requests.

Here’s some of the queer dances that are coming up:

Tuesdays, March 28 and April 4, 11, 18, and 25

Line dancin' at Dirty Water Saloon
Line dancin’ at Dirty Water Saloon

Dirty Water Saloon
gaysforpatsy.org/dirty-water-saloon/
Tuesdays from 7-10 pm • $10 suggested sliding-scale donation includes the lesson
Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge • Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA 

  • 7 pm: Alan Gaskell teaches a new two step move (March 28). In April we’ll most likely be focusing on west coast swing but stay tooned. 
    Last week Alan lead us through a fun catch and release move. Come see what he’s devised for this week.
  • 7:45 pm: Kendra will teach “Counting Stars” Line Dance! (March 28) April line dances slate yet to be figured out. 
    Kendra will teach the second week we focus on Counting Stars. It’s a tough one but very satisfying to learn.
  • 8:15-10 pm: Social dancing with DJ Bucky (or possibly Sam).
    We’ll be playing music to two step, west coast swing, east coast swing, line dance galore, and more.

See the Dirty Water Saloon page for more info.

Sunday April 2

Queer County “Sweet Tea” Social Dance and Country Waltz Workshop
gaysforpatsy.org/queer-country-social/
3-7 pm • Suggested sliding-scale donation $12
1st UU Church in JP, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA

  • 3-4 pm: Country Waltz Workshop with Julie Kauffman
    Learn what makes country waltz different from ballroom and what the following moves are about: rise and fall, drive/flight/compress, twinkles, and weaves. Julie will start off with technique, then add in twinkles, weaves, and as many combinations as time allows. This will be a great class for anyone who desires to learn and better their waltz.
  • 4-7 pm: Social dancing with DJ (tbd)
    Along with our usual two step, west coast, line dances, and east coast, we’ll be playing more waltzes for you to practice what you learn. The music will be a selection of country, pop, and r&b that will get ya on the dance floor.

See the Queer Country Social page for more info.

Saturday, April 15, 6:30-11 pm

Queer County Social Dance — Now with Tango!/a>
gaysforpatsy.org/queer-country-social/
6:30–11 pm • Suggested sliding-scale donation $12
1st UU Church in JP, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA

  • 6:30 pm: Beth will teach basic two step
    learn the basic two step the basic pattern, a hesitation move, and an inside turn that will get you around the dance floor.
  • 7 pm. Patrick will be Intro to Tango
    He’ll be taking you through the basics of tango. This will be new for a lot of us. The perfect opportunity to try something new.
  • 7:30 pm. Beth will be teaching the tango-inspired “Burlesque” Line Dance
    She’ll get us through this fun dance step-by-step.
  • 8-11 pm: Social dancing with our DJ (tbd).
    We’ll add a number of tangos to the regular mix of two step, west coast swing, east coast swing, line dance, and waltz for you to experiment with throughout the night.

See the Queer Country Social page for more info.

Friday–Sunday, April 28-30

Line Dancing at GFP's Spring Stomp! A Hoedown in P-town
Line Dancing at GFP’s Spring Stomp! A Hoedown in P-town

Spring Stomp! A Hoedown in P-town
gaysforpatsy.org/stomp
Our 25th anniversary weekend! Join us for a weekend of three and a half dances, 5 workshops (two step, 2 line dances, west coast, and either a hustle or a nightclub), and socializing galore. Our dances will feature music to two step, west coast, east coast, line dance, hustle, nightclub, waltz, cha cha (you can see we have a bunch of styles to keep ya moving) and it is proving to be a hoot!. See the website for full details but it’ should be a blast. We will also have a performance from our own Boston RenedGAYdes during Saturday night dance. See the routine they’re taking to the Out Games in Miami this memorial day!

  • Get your Weekend pass now and save! Get into all the above for only for $75 online before they go up! Get the weekend of dances and workshops for only $75 and save over $100 off the individual prices. Price for the pass and individual dance admission and workshops will go up in person so buy now and save wicked lots.
  • Half-Hour Private lessons for only $50!
    First come first served. Take this opportunity to have a private lesson with Simone or Alan on Saturday or with Simone before the Sunday dance. These will fill up fast, so act now to reserve your spot!
  • Book your Sunday Brunch now!
    If you want to take part of the Sunday brunch from 8-10 am at Sage Inn and Lounge! Buy your ticket now! I need to get numbers to them soon!

See our Spring Stomp! A Hoedown in P-town page for more details on this fun weekend.