Happy Fourth, July 1 deadlines, and HELP!

Happy Fourth

Gays for Pasty wishes you a safe and fun Fourth of July.

As a reminder, Dirty Water Saloon will not be having a dance on Tuesday, July 4 as Bella Luna will be closed.

Be sure to join us at Dirty Water Saloon on Tuesday, July 11, when we resume with Sam DJing, I’ll be teaching a new line dance by Micheal Metzger, “Feelin’ Good” and we’re figuring out what the couples lesson and will have that on the website/facebook soon.

Also Americana Sundays happens at Thunder Road in Somerville on Sundays

The Queer Country Social calendar is online.

Today’s deadlines

Today is the last day to sign up for a discounted price for:

  • DC OUT over Labor Day. If it is anything like last year, it’s going to be a blast. Great teachers, fun line dances, and the Renegaydes, Prairie Dogs, and other groups will be performing.
  • Provincetown Dance Trophy event. Competing in the single dance portion of the September 30, 2017 event. The Renegaydes will be competing/exhibiting. This is part of the ballroom event and is a hoot to watch and participate in.

I’ll be posting about discounted Stomp tickets (April 27-29, 2017) in the next month or so once I check with Sage and Provincetown Town Hall to make sure we have the venues. Both Alan and Simone are on board.

Gays for Patsy’s Lackluster Season

2016-17 season was a depressed year for Gays for Patsy. Dance attendance was low and we ended in the red. While I hear that other organizations are going through similar problems as I can assume it Drumpf-effect malaise that pushed our usual winter doldrums into high gear. We made a slight profit for Stomp (thanks to a sponsorship from Cape Air) and Dirty Water Saloon is pretty much holding it’s own with a modest deficit. We are not in danger of going away but this is a good wake up call for us to be more active in our dance. 

Ramifications:

  • Queer Country Social
    • No Sunday dances. We decided that Sunday dances were not worth it — in spite of people requesting them, they were poorly attended and largely contributed to the deficit we have.
    • No mid June Saturday dance. We also decided to not have a third Saturday dance in June to allow us to participant in RI pride.
    • Peer taught lessons. We will no longer be doing a beyond the basic lesson, and will revert to the 7 pm couples dance lesson and 7:30 line dance lesson. These will mostly likely be peer taught as a cost-saving measure.
  • Dirty Water Saloon
    • There will be little change of Dirty Water Saloon as it is mostly volunteer run. We may use this dance to feed the line dances/couples dance lessons for Queer Country Social.
  • Stomp
    • I’m going to apply for a few sponsorships and pray we get some. One sponsorship would go to marketing if we get it. I’ll keep you posted.
    • I also hope to have an early bird registration that will seed money to pay for the event earlier and have cash on hand to pay the instructors (live and learn… online registration is great but waiting for two weeks after the event for the check was not ideal)

I need your help

One of the reasons I come to GFP dances and am president is the community. I never met a better bunch of people in a queer setting. We dance, socialize, and have fun together. This winter/spring, I just wanted to hibernate but being president of this organization and being so involved got me out of the freakin’ house. It was a lifesaver for me, really. So i want the same for you.

I need you to be more involved.

We have been around for almost 30 years but we may not always be here. I have seen our Randolf dance go away from lack of active involvement in both running and promoting it — it was the driving force of my doing social media, website, and ultimately the presidency. Granted that was a bit more on mismanagement of that club vs. us but still, we assumed it would always be there and were blindsided when it was taken away from us. We can’t sit on our butts and expect the dance to be there.

Don’t take your dance for granted.

This may mean simply going out of your comfort zone and asking new people to dance or taking a shift at the door. But I also need to relieve some of our regular volunteers before they burn out. I also need people to go one step further and help with the running of the dances. Here’s some places you can help that I can think of off the top of my head.

Easy ways to help

  • Say hello and dance with newcomers.
    We do a good job of this but it is good to be reminded.
  • Capture names and emails of people to make sure they are connected.
    I’ll be better about having a clipboard with a sign-up sheet.
  • Become a GFP member or donate to GFP if you can.
    I’ll make this very easy by doing an online purchase in the next month, it allows us to have money up front at the beginning of the season to help pay the church. I am working with the board to see what we can do to make this more inviting and now that we have Dirty Water Saloon, how does being a member work for them and stomp.
  • Take a 15-minute shift at the door. At all our dances, we need people help out for 15 minute sifts to give our regular volunteers a chance to dance and get away from check-in. This involves greeting people, answering questions about the dance, and taking money.
  • Join our social media groups and indicate you’re going to our events, share with friends or in groups you might be in, post about your experiences, insights, and photos. I created a bunch of facebook pages for our dances to get word out. Please join/like them and feel free to post, comment, stalk. I especially want to talk up the opening queer country social dance in September.

Moderately easy (i.e., not quite easy but not hard).

  • Help with updates to website and social media.
    I’ve got a few generic events for queer country social, dirty water saloon, and others in the wings but it would be nice to have help with the newsletter. I’m horrible about getting it out.
  • Help Beth (or take over) Opening and Closing dances.
    Opening and closing a dance is not hard, usually there are lots of people to help. It involves setting up the dance (sweeping, organizing, moving chairs, etc. Some heavy lifting but we can pair people so if that’s an issue we can figure it out). Setting up the check-in. Closing involves the reverse of closing along with tallying the numbers and counting money to give to Beth or the DJ.
  • Helping with scheduling.
    This involves getting on people’s asses about organizing DWS and Queer Country Social line dances and couples dance lessons. This will help both Beth and Kendra immensely. I’m hoping that we can roughly plan out the year and figure out specifics on a quarterly basis.
  • Help with outreach, advertising, and visibility.
    I would like to reach out to LGBT organizations, especially trans as I see them as a particular vulnerable part of our queer community. Could you recommend (and if possible find out contact info) of an likely organization and be willing to act as an ambassador of our organization?
  • Reach out to past members for our 30th year.
    If you know someone who used to dance with GFP, ask them to come to a dance next year. Especially ask them to partake in the AIDs Walk with us in June. It’s where we started.
  • Help plan/promote our 30th anniversary dance.
    Help pick a date and spread the word. I may approach Greg Klyma to do a live music night and see if the Prairie Dogs can come up for the dance. Both of these have drawn a good crowd.

Finally, don’t let little (or big) issues stew. Let me know!
This is your dance as much as mine or the board’s — that said, we can only adjust or deal with issues or problems that we know about. I say this as I recently had someone tell me they were not returning to a the Saturday Queer Country Social dances. They had a complaint (too many line dances in a row) that would have been easily addressed (and ironically was addressed at that dance) but that individual sat upon their grip for a whole year before mentioning it to me. By that time, nothing I could say or do would change their mind. It was an unfortunate situation that could have been avoided by a quick comment to me early on. My mom always said little things can grow to be big far too easy.

I love this community — and it is that: a community. It is more than just one person, it’s everyone contributing to make it special. We do that well, but there is room for improvement.

Thanks in advance for YOUR help and see you on the dance floor.

Happy Summer!

Bob ‘da prez’ Sweeney,
Gays for Patsy

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.