The ReneGAYdes are Gays For Patsy’s official performance group. The ReneGAYdes’ mission is to promote Country/Western dance and promote the visibility of LGBTS (queer friendly folk) through dance performance.
2015 we learned two routines for the annual IAGLCWC convention in Montreal in July. One of which we competed with at Boston Open Dancesport and got a first place ribbon in the Precision Group Performance category. We are headed to New York to perform for Big Apple Ranch in October.
In 2014 our own Ian choreographed a fun night club inspired piece to “Please Come to Boston” for the Denver IAGLCWC Hoedown and performed at the 2014 Stomp and GFP Queer Country Socials. It was well received, I know I got the most compliments of any routine we danced in since I joined the ReneGAYdes.
We are in preparation for collaborating with our sister group, New York’s Big Apple Ranch’s Prairie Dogs, on a routine to “Convoy” complete with Greek chorus. It should be a hoot!.
We did a special piece called “Love Cats” for Halloween 2013 for a fundraiser for Ralphie’s Place, a holistic cat shelter in Ogunquit, ME. It was cochoreographed by Ian and Nina. We had a grand old time prancing around in cat outfits and making the fundraiser a fun time for all.
In 2012, we performed a routine called “Rhythm of See Me” for the 2012 Stomp! in Provincetown, MA and at the 2012 IAGLCWDC Hoedown in New Orleans, LA. Twelve performers strong with a few first-timers. The routine was a combination two-step and west coast swing number that was a blast to learn. Thank you to Alan Gaskell for choreographing and coaching us through the three and a half months of Sundays and some last minute rehearsals before going.
In 2010, the ReneGAYdes performed a nightclub two-step routine at GFP’s annual Spring Stomp in Provincetown, MA as well as at the annual IAGLCWDC Hoedown in Austin, TX. Nightclub two-step is a romantic dance that is derived from both the bolero and the rumba. It is perfect for the slow songs.
Since 1992, the group has performed choreographed dance routines locally at fundraisers, social events, marches, and other special events, and nationally on the Gay Rodeo and Hoedown circuits. The ReneGAYdes were the first lesbian and gay group to have performed at a Boston Mayoral Inauguration. Other highlights include a performance at the 1993 March On Washington, winning the silver medal at the International Gay and Lesbian Country Western Dance Competition at the 1994 Gay Games in New York City, a performance at the annual meeting of Staples, Inc. in Boston, MA, a first-ever country/western dance performance in Dorset, England, a country/western dance demonstration at the Dedham Mall in Dedham, MA, a unique joint performance with Southern Country South Florida in Atlanta, Georgia, and first place in the 1995 Atlantic Coast Open team dance competition in Washington, D.C.
Some vintage ReneGAYdes videos: