Dancing Galore in April

Dancin’ Learnin’ and Socializin’

In the next three weeks you have the opportunity to go to 5 dances, 14 lessons/workshops, and an insane amount of socializing with our Queer Country Social, Dirty Water Saloon, and P-town Spring Stomp. I hope to see you on the dance floor
— Bob ”da prez” Sweeney

Queer Country Social

PDF of April's dance flyer
PDF of April’s dance flyer

gfp.org • Saturday, April 16 • 6:30-11 pm • $12 cover (includes lessons)/$8 for GFP members
1st Church of JP • 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
Music: contemporary country, r&b, and pop music to two step, line dance, west (and east) coast swing, waltz, cha cha and more.
Julie Kinnett will be doing the teaching starting with a beginner two step at 6:30 pm, an intermediate pattern at 7 pm, and the line dance “Country Slide” at 7:30 pm
Art Sullivan will be twirling the digital music from 8-11 pm.

Dirty Water Saloon

gfp.org/dirty-water-saloon • Tuesdays • 7-10 pm • $10 cover (includes lessons)
Bella Luna Restaurant (Milky Way Lounge) at the Brewery Complex • 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA
featuring music by contemporary country, r&b, and pop music to two step, west (and east) coast swing, line dance galore, waltz, and more. Food, drinks, and fun.

Tuesday, April 19
Two step lesson 7 pm (instructor tbd) • “Walk the Line” line dance 7:45 pm • Bucky DJing

Tuesday, April 26
Two step lesson from 7-7:45 (instructor tbd). Kendra or Bob will teach “Walk the Line” at 7:45 pm, and Bob DJing.

P-town Spring Stomp

pdf flyer for Stomp
pdf flyer for Stomp

gfp.org/stomp • Friday-Sunday, April 22-23 • Provincetown, MA
Pay individually or get a Weekend Pass for $60 and save mulah!
Sage Inn & Lounge and Town Hall, Provincetown, MA
Friday Night Opening Dance at Sage Inn & Lounge
Music: contemporary country, r&b, and pop music to two step, line dance, west (and east) coast swing, waltz, cha cha and more.
8:30-11 pm • $10 cover (includes lesson)
Beginner two step lesson with Beth at 8:30 pm • Bob DJing from 9-11 pm

Saturday workshops at Sage Inn & Lounge
10 am–4 pm •  $15 per workshop
Six workshops taught by Simone Assboeck and Art Sullivan featuring Beginner and Intermediate Two Step, Cha Cha, West Coast Swing and Line dances (Counting Stars, Bittersweet Memories, and 50 Ways). See website for full details and line up and step sheets/demos.

Saturday Night Fundraising Dance at Town Hall
Music: contemporary country, r&b, and pop music to two step, line dance, west (and east) coast swing, waltz, cha cha and more.
7-11 pm • $20 cover (includes lesson)
2 Line dance (tbd) lesson with Bob, 7-8 pm, Ruth DJing 8-11 pm, performance by the “fabulous” Boston ReneGaydes around 9 pm.

Happy New Year! Now get out and dance!

Happy New Year!

Now get out and dance!

If you’re like me, your resolution is to work off the holiday calories and what better way to do it is dance? If you’re savvy enough you can get out and dance every night of the week — country, blues, contra, salsa, or just plain old disco — you can find something of interest and take lessons all over the place. I listed below in Opportunities to Dance some that I know that are either lgbts specific or friendly (thanks to Dana for helping compiling the list). Hope to see you on the dance floor.

It’s Polka Time
Speaking of dancing: I love polka, it’s something that was taught to me as a small child for weddings. When I first started going to GFP (blah, blah, blah years ago) they had a polka or two during the night and I would leave the dance floor dripping with a big old smile on my face. Polka popularity has wained but I think it’s time for a comeback. At the IAGLCWDC conference in July, Meredith taught us a basic form. She also looks for people to compete in this category (calling it the Dance of LOOOOVE). At AmericanaMonday’s, Greg Klyma plays a polka and a few fast country songs that reminded me how much I love it. So rather than lament it’s passing, I’m going to do somethin’ about it! I’ll be teaching the basic polka form at both Americana Monday and GFP (see below). I guarantee you’ll love it. — how can you not? It’s POLKA. The form we use is a country western polka that progresses around the dance floor. It gives us the chance to play some fast songs that you “could” two step to (if you take fast wee steps) but polka makes it a hoot. Please join me hoppin’ and a grinnin’ around the floor.

Volunteers needed

We have a busy season ahead and the board will be meeting soon to to talk over some things and get organized. We need some help with with outreach, plastering posters, keeping projects running, etc. You don’t need to be spending much time, it could be as little as a 15 minute shift at the door. Or more involved such as helping open/close dance. To more technical (such as figuring out a best way to get online registrations for STOMP). Anything helps. Just shoot me an email and I’ll add you to the list of volunteers.

Thank you from Julie!

Julie Kauffman, our charity fundraising queen extraordinaire, broke her personal AIDS Walk Boston fundraising record and she also raised over $600 for toys for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless this December! She wanted to thank all who donated personally:

As I reflect back on 2015, one of the highlights was being on stage, and being recognized by the founders, as an important person in the AIDS Walk Boston history. It was the 30th anniversary, and my 29th year involved with the AIDS Walk. The only way I have been able to do this, year after year, is with your support and encouragement. Every spring, I ask you to help me reach my goal, and you come through: with money, with words of encouragement, with cheers, and with thanks. Last year, I raised $3,331, my personal best! I just squeaked into the top 20 fundraisers, which has been my goal for the past few years. I am thrilled to be among the elite, but surprised at how few people join the Extra Mile Club by raising $1,000. For now, I just want to say THANK YOU! May this be your best year ever. — Julie

Opportunities to Dance

  • Mondays: Americana Mondays
    8-11:30 pm (lessons at 7:30 first Mondays) • No cover (but tips gratefully accepted)
    PA’s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA
    PA’s Lounge’s websiteGreg Klyma’s website
    On Mondays, attend the FREE live music night, Americana Mondays, in Somerville — Greg Klyma and his band play country and blues. Tonight (January 4) at 7:30I’ll be teaching basic POLKA!. We have about a dozen GFP folk stopping in weekly (Jay, Ted, Me, Julie, Harper, Sandra, Phil, and more) and most times we’ve taken over the dance floor (Queue evil laugh, “Mwahahahahahaha!”).
  • Tuesdays: Dirty Water Saloon (DWS)
    7-10 pm • $10 cover (includes lessons)
    Lessons 7-8:15, social dancing 8:15-10 pm.
    Milky Way (Bella Luna Restaurant in the Brewery Complex) Amory Street, Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA
    DWS’s websiteDWS’s Facebook page
    Dirty Water Saloon returns from December hiatus with Bucky DJing; Alia teaching the basics of Lindy Hop at 7; and Nina teaching a fun line dance called Timber. Come early and grab a bite (or you can order at the bar and have it brought to you). This is a LGBTS Country Western night over at the Milky Way two stepping, west coast, cha cha, line dancing and more to contemporary country, r&b, and pop music.
  • Saturday, January 9: Swingtime “Black and White” Dance
    8-11 pm (lesson 8-9 pm) • $15 cover inludes lesson
    136 Westbourne Terrace, Brookline, MA
    Swingtime website
    Swingtime is ringing in the new year with a night wearing black and white. Wear black and white and ring in the new year queerly! DJ Leandra will be spinning your dance faves. Swing, Latin, and ballroom dancing for the LGBTQ community and our allies. Includes an East Coast swing dance lesson with the fabulous Liz Nania.
  • Saturday, January 16: Gays for Patsy (GFP) Queer Country Social Dance
    6:30-11 pm (lessons 6:30-8 included in admission) • $12 cover ($8 for GFP members)
    First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA
    This month the theme will be work those calories. I’ll be DJing and playing fast line dances, two steps, and more. We’ll start slow but if you leave the dance dry, I will not have accomplished my mission. We’ve not set up the teaching schedule but I will be teaching the POLKA. I’ll be playing a few fast songs that you can two step (if you dare, or have fun with the polka (if you have any requests, let me know and i’ll pass it on to Beth). I’ll be sending out another email in a couple days when we have the teaching finalized. Come two step, line dancing (I’ll be playing the turbo midnight waltz), west coast swing, cha cha, POLKA (how many times can I work POLKA into this email?), and more. I’ll be playing some east coast swing music so you can try the lindi hop moves you learned at DWS.
  • Saturday, January 9 and 23: Boston Gender Free Contra (JP)
    7:30 to 10:30 pm (the 23 has an additional 4 pm experienced contra dance) • $10 general $6 students
    A caller guides you through various dance patterns set to live music. No partner necessary or experience needed. I believe it is an earlier form of square dancing. If you like patterns, this is the place for you. They request no strong sents. Their website has a full listing.
  • Sunday, January 24: Night Out in Allston
    5-7 pm (5-5:30 lesson) • 10 Cover (includes lesson)
    Ballroom in Boston • 300 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134
    Ballroom in Boston’s website
    Gender Role Free Ballroom and Country Mix. Each party starts with a 30 minute beginner class (included in the price) and then we enjoy social dancing and refreshments until 7 pm. First visit is FREE! Free parking on site.
  • Sundays, beginning January 24: OUT to Dance LGBT classes
    Out to Dance’s website
    Add new moves or just learn something new at Liz Nania’s winter series! Classes run in series; each lesson builds on the previous, so you learn a whole set of new moves and techniques. This term, the studio is offering West Coast Swing 5, Foxtrot Immersion I and Salsa Beyond the Basics.

Snowmaggedon? Dance distractions from the white stuff.


Will the snow end? Will Boston be forever plunged under a blanket of white? Will I ever find my car in the snowbanks?

These questions dominate my mind on a snowy Saturday so I’m distracting myself by writing you, gentle folk, to remind you that there is life beyond the snowbanks. Here are some events to brighten the grey days:

I hope that you’re faring well this wintery day and more I hope to see you on the dancefloor.– Bob “da prez” Sweeney

Would ya be mine... for a swing around the dance floor? February 21

GFP Queer Country Social Dance

Would ya be mine… fer a swing around the dance floor?
Won’t you leave the snowbound house and join me for a night of two-step, west coast, waltz, and more to contemporary country, R&B, and pop music? No partner necessary! There be a plenty of willin’ folk fer ya to kick ya heels up. It’s a regular hootinanny. Here be the particulars:

GFP Stomp! Spring is around the corner, I swear!

Mark your calendars! Friday-Sunday, April 24-26, 2015, Provincetown, MA. A weekend of dancing, instruction, and more. I’m working with Ruth to take over the planning: It will be the same as last year once I get the deposits in for Sage Inn for Friday night dance and Saturday workshops and Town Hall for the Saturday night dance. Volunteers needed to take shifts at the door, sell raffle tickets at both dances, and help set up/break down Saturday’s dance.

The Montreal Hoedown 4th of July weekend

Join a bunch of us as we head to IAGLCWDC’s Annual Hoedown this year being held in Montreal, Candada! Almost a week of activities are planned, but the essence is Thursday-Sunday, July 2-5 2015. A bar crawl, seemingly hundreds of lessons on Friday and Saturday, Dances galore, Competitions, exhibitions (including our own ReneGAYdes and Big Apple Ranch’s Manhattan Prairie Dogs). Hundreds of fellow dancers, and a great time to be held by all. Ask anyone who goes, it’s both amazing, tiring, fun, and a hoot.

Boston Open Dancesport in P-town this fall!

Boston Open Dancesport will host the 2015 North American Same-Sex Championship in Provincetown September 18-19. Looks to be pretty cool. Start yer training. Last year, a bunch of us did the line dance competition (Beth getting first place ribbons in everything and the rest of us doing okay) and the Renegaydes did a group routine (first place — well, we were the only group). This year should be better with being in p-town.


I put the following and more in our Google calendar — access it on either GFP’s main or calendar pages. You can also include the calendar in your ical or Google calendar (calendar id: gfpdancing@gmail.com).

  • Americana Mondays
    Mondays, 8-11 pm • no cover.
    PA’s Lounge, Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA. (PA’s facebook page)
    A fun night of live country, blues, and R&B hosted by Greg Klyma and his band and friends (it’s a blast to see the band swell from three to many by the end of the night). Some two-step, lots of blues, and a few waltzes make for a fun night. No cover, but donations for the band appreciated. First Mondays have a basic dance lesson.
  • Dirty Water Saloon
    Tuesdays, 7-10 pm • $10 cover (includes lessons).
    Milky Way Lounge in Bella Luna Restaurant, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
    Two-step, West-coast swing, line dancing, and more to contemporary country, R&B, pop, and more.
  • LGBT Gender Neutral American Style Tango (the class isn’t posted yet but will be soon)
    Wednesdays, March 11-April 15, 2015 • $80 per person for the 6 week class
    Taught by Suzanne Hamby and Dick Gould
    Hamby Ballroom Dance Studio • 25 Harvard St (Temple Beth Israel), Waltham, MA 02453 • 508 380-4647
    Beth, Ian, and Bill have been going to this and have had a lot of fun.
    Here’s an exerpt from their flyer:
    New opportunity for the LGBT community and friends: Advanced Beginner American Style Tango group class specifically for people with some experience in gender neutral American Style Tango. This class started in September with a group of LGBT friends who wanted to form their own class to learn American Style Tango, we have had so much fun, we are expanding. Some experience in American Style Tango recommended. If you are interested in joining this class but have no prior Tango experience, you could take a private lesson or two to become familiar with some of the basic steps. The group has monthly practices in another location. The class will have two teachers and technique will be stressed.