GFP’s Gathering Spot for the Boston Pride Parade

Happy Pride!

Don’t you fret none; we’ve got the details for Pride! We hope you have those sparkly boots ready, ’cause we be dancing, er “marching.”

Details:

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Meet at 12:20 PM
755 Boylston Street (near Max Brenner and Crate and Barrel)

If you haven’t learned DHSS (the parade adaption) or basic two-step yet, that’s just fine! We’ll teach you as we’re lining up. This is a great time and the emphasis is on fun, not on perfection. Dancing to the beat of your own drummer strongly encouraged!

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

Tango, Swing, and Stomp! Opportunities for Dancing yer butt off!

Hello Y’all

A quick, rushed message about dancing this weekend and Stomp deadlines that you’ll have to check the website for more info.

Pardon for any missing info, like I said: rushed.

Dance Saturday, April 15: Learn Tango at GFP’s Queer Country Social

Saturday, April 15 • 6:30-11 pm, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain (Boston)
gaysforpasty.org/queer-country-social/

  • Get your friends to come to our basic two step at 6:30 with Beth
  • Get your ass to the Tango Lesson at 7 with Patrick and Beth
  • Get your boots on the floor for “Burlesque” line dance at 7:30 with Beth

But mostly, get you and anyone you can think of to the dance. I’ll (Bob) will be DJing and it should be a fun night.

Dirty Water Saloon: West Coast with Alan Gaskell!

Tuesdays, April 18 and 25 at Bella Luna Restaurant in JP
gaysforpasty.org/dirty-water-saloon/
Alan Gaskel returns to teach new West Coast Swing moves at 7 pm. Jim will teach “Power Surge” at 7:45 and Bucky (April 18) and Bob (April 25) will DJ.

Spring Stomp: A Hoedown in P-town is just a couple weeks away!

April 28-30. Provincetown, MA (Sage Inn and Lounge and Provincetown Town Hall)
gaysforpasty.org/stomp/

Don’t miss out on our 25th Anniversary Hoedown!

Get your Weekend Pass for only $75 before it goes up to $100! Order online or buy at the above September 15 dance or at Dirty Water Saloon on Tuesdays at Bella Luna in JP. Online purchasing closes a week from Tuesday and prices at the door go up significantly across the board.

Our 25th line up includes:

  • 3.5 dances:
    • Friday opening dance (8-12 pm) (Beginner two step and line dance lesson by Bob Sweeney)
    • NEW! Saturday workshop practice dance (1-3 pm) (Beginner two step and line dance lesson by Art Sullivan)
    • Saturday main fundraising dance with performance by the Rengaydes (7-12 pm)
    • NEW! Sunday “sweet tea” dance (10 am–2 pm)
  • Two  workshop tracks that you can pick and choose including:
    • beginner and intermediate west coast with Simone and Alan
    • beginner and intermediate two step with Simone or Alan
    • the hustle (Simone) or night club two step (Alan)
    • two advanced line dances (Kendra and Beth)
    • two intermediate line dance (Art Sullivan)

Added for the 25th based on feedback from last year:

  • Private lessons: sprinkled throughout Saturday you can sign up to have a 1/2 private lesson with Simone or Alan for only $50 each.
  • Sunday brunch: 8-10 am at Sage Inn for only $12 –MUST ORDER BY APRIL 15! 

Get your Sunday Brunch tickets NOW! Today!  If you want to partake of Sage’s “enhanced continental breakfast” for only $12 on Sunday, April 30 from 8-10 am at Sage Inn and Lounge YOU MUST ORDER BY 11 pm Saturday, April 15 so we can get the numbers to Sage. This is a hard deadline and no one can be added after Saturday.

I will have tickets at tomorrows dance and a sign up for brunch if you don’t want to order online and an iPad on hand in case you want to use a card.

Happy Dancing,
Bob “da prez” Sweeney
Gays for Patsy.