Spring Stomp! A Hoedown in P-town

Gays for Patsy's Spring Stomp
Welcome to Spring Stomp! A Hoedown in P-town.
April 28–30, 2017
Our 25th Year!
It’s our annual spring hoedown in Provincetown, Massachusetts featuring dances, workshops, and a whole bunch of socializing.
Buy your weekend pass now (you know ya wanna)

Overview | Registration/Cost | Saturday Workshops | Line Dances Taught| Instructors and DJs | Two-Step with a Purpose | Accommodations | Volunteering


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

Come for the weekend! We’re a laid back group that loves to dance. This dance started 25 years ago as a modest fundraiser for the club and local charities. Gays for Patsy’s mission is to promote country western dancing to the LGBTQA+S (queer) community — everyone is welcome. We love to dance and want to share that love with you.

Our goal for the weekend is to offer a safe, fun environment to learn, dance, and be all social-like. No matter your two left feet, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or political views, you’re safe here. The weekend features three (and a half) dances, line and socializing. We had great success in years past (and we measure success in the number of smiling tired folks at the end of the weekend) and this year is shaping up to be a regular hoot!

2017 Spring Stomp Schedule as of March 9
2017 Spring Stomp Schedule as of March 9 (pdf version)

Update: 2/18/17 
Registration is live!

For our 25th anniversary, we have expanded our offerings. Here’s what’s new:
New: Two-Track Saturday Workshops (beginner plus and intermediate plus with Simone Assboeck and Alan Gaskell)
New: Saturday Afternoon Practice Dance  (thanks DC out for the idea!). A chance to practice the partner dance moves and line dances taught in the morning.
New: Sunday “Sweet Tea” Dance. Have a last dance before you head out. 10 am–2 pm.
• New: Half-Hour Private Lessons in and around the Saturday workshops and Sunday morning.
New: Friday Dance Bar Menu. Sage Inn and Lounge is adding a “bar menu” of flatbread and sliders for sale until until 10 pm during the Friday night dance. Menus/prices posted at the dance.
New: Sunday Continental Breakfast from 8 am–10 am at Sage Inn and Lounge for only $12 (free for those staying at Sage Inn and Lounge). Sign up by April 14 so we can give them a count.

Friday, April 28 2017
Opening Dance

Photo from Stomp 2015 Saturday Benefit Dance
Photo from Stomp 2015 Saturday Benefit Dance

Cost: Included in Weekend Pass or $15 online • $20 at the door.
Lessons (included with cover):
8:00-8:30 pm Basic Two Step Lesson with Bob Sweeney

8:30-9:00 pm Line Dance: Something in the Water with Bob Sweeney

Social Dancing
9:00-12 midnight: DJ Ruth Ewing will play contemporary country, pop, and R&B to two-step, west and east coast swing, line dance, and more. No experience or partner necessary.

Saturday, April 29, 2017:
Daytime Dance Workshops
& Evening Benefit Dance (with performance(s)!)

Saturday Partner and Line Dance Workshops

10 am–1 pm and 3–5 pm, Sage Inn and Lounge and Town Hall
Cost: Included in Weekend Pass or $20 each online • $25 each at door

Photo from Stomp 2015 West Coast Swing workshop with Alan Gaskill
Photo from Stomp 2015 West Coast Swing workshop with Alan Gaskill

This year we will be offering a beginner plus and an intermediate track for two-step, west coast swing, and nightclub (possibly another style) partner dances and two beginner or intermediate line dance workshops. Choose the individual workshop level you feel comfortable with. Beginner lessons are for those with little or bit of experience and want a brush up on the basics. Intermediate

The ReneGAYdes strike a pose during a performance at the Gays for Patsy queer country social dance, June 7, 2013.
The ReneGAYdes strike a pose during a performance at the Gays for Patsy queer country social dance, June 7, 2013.

lessons are for those who’ve been around the block and want to challenge themselves.

Practice Dance

1–3 pm, Town Hall: 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
Cost: $10 online • $15 in person • or part of the Weekend Pass

DJ Bob Sweeney will play music to practice the two-step, nightclub, hustle, and line dances taught in the morning.

25th Annual Benefit Dance at Town Hall

Photo from Stomp 2015 Saturday Benefit Dance with Art Sullivan a teaching Basic Two Step lesson.
Photo from Stomp 2015 Saturday Benefit Dance with Art Sullivan a teaching Basic Two Step lesson.

7:00-12 midnight: Town Hall: 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
Tentative price: $20 online • $25 at door • or part of the Weekend Pass
7:00-7:30 pm: Basic Two Step lesson with Art Sullivan
7:30-8:00 pm: Line Dance lesson: TBD with Art Sullivan
Social Dancing
8:00-12:00 pm with DJ Bucky Chappell
Bucky Chappell plays selections of contemporary country, pop, and R&B for you to two-step, west (and east) coast swing, line dances galore, waltz, cha-cha, and more! The ReneGAYdes (Gays for Patsy’s performance dance group) are performing too! But the most fun will be had by you on the dance floor.

Sunday, April 30:
Sweet Tea Dance

Cost: Included in Weekend Pass or $15 online • $20 at door
9:00-10:00: half hour private lessons at Sage Inn and Lounge
10:00 am-2 pm: Social dancing with DJ Bob Sweeney 
Something new for the 25th: A tea dance to run through more of what we learned, say good-bye before you head out. We’ll do speed throughs for the line dances. Sage is opening their continental breakfast for only $12 until 10 am!
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Private Lessons

This year we are introducing limited number of half-hour private lessons with Simone or Alan Gaskell. These can be one-on-one or with your partner.  These will be $50 each half hour.


Photo from Stomp 2015 Saturday Benefit Dance
Photo from Stomp 2015 Saturday Benefit Dance

While you can sign up at the door, we are hoping you buy online — this will help figure out numbers — especially the workshops to make sure we’re allotting the venues correctly and to sweeten the pot we’ve kept online pricing low.

Your best deal is the Weekend Pass — for just $75 online ($100 onsite) you will have access all the dances and workshops (sorry, private lessons not included). This saves you $100/$125 off individual online/onsite entry. Buy your weekend pass now! (Online ordering ends 4/26/2017)

Look at this here handy chart:

Stomp Event Online
(ends April 26)
Friday Opening Dance $15 $20
Saturday Workshops (Each $20 $25
All 5 $100 $125
Saturday Dance Break $10 $15
Saturday Evening Benefit Dance $20 $25
Sunday Sweet Tea Dance $15 $20
Total before pass $160 $205
Weekend Pass $75
(save $85!)
(save $105!)

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Saturday Workshop Schedule

10 am–5 pm: Sage Inn and Lounge
Cost: see pricing above • or included in Weekend Pass

Here's the latest schedule as of March 8, 2017
Here’s the latest schedule as of March 8, 2017 (click here for a pdf version)

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Line Dances taught

Where Linedance
8:30-9:00 pm
Sage Inn & Lounge
Something in the Water Instructor: Bob Sweeney
Choreographed by Niels Poulsen
Music: “Something In the Water” by Brooke Fraser
11:00-11:55 am
Town Hall
The Queen Instructor: Beth Aufiero
Intermediate Stepsheet • Demo
Choreographed by Rémi KLemaire, Guillaume Richard, and Gaetan Bachellerie
Music: “Tilted” by Christine and The Queens
11:00-10:55 am
Sage Inn & Lounge
Bittersweet MemoryInstructor: Art Sullivan
Advanced Stepsheet (pdf)Demo
Choreographed by Ria Vos
Music: “Clouds” by David Nail
3:00-3:55 pm
Town Hall
Counting Stars Instructor: Kendra Bucklin
IntermediateStepsheet (pdf)Demo
Choreographed by Michael Metzger
Music: “Counting Stars” by One Republic
3:00-3:55 pm
Sage Inn & Lounge
Wow Hawaii (akas: The Other Side) Instructor: Art Sullivan
advanced StepsheetDemo
Choreographed by Will Craig, Jo & John Kinser, Rachael McEnaney, Niels Poulsen, Kate Sala, & Roy Verdonk
Music: “The Other Side” Jason Derulo
7:30-8:00 pm
Town Hall
Lover Lover Instructor: Art Sullivan
Beginner Stepsheet (pdf)Demo
Choreographed by Rosa Turi
Music: “Lover Lover” by Jerrod Niemann

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Instructors and DJs


Ruth Ewing
Ruth Ewing

• Ruth Ewing has been a DJ for Spring Stomp, our Queer Country Socials, and Dirty Water Saloon. Her music draws from a variety of sources and her choices always delight. She recently moved out to western Massachusetts and is excited about playing for you. Ask her, or her wive Jen, to dance — they’re a-maz-ing.

• Bucky Chappell has been a DJ for many years and have a great ear for dancable music and styles. He pulls music from contemporary country, folk, pop, r&b, and more and strives to have dancers have the most fun out on the floor.

Bob Sweeney
Bob Sweeney

• Bob Sweeney “da prez” or “Silent G” (ask him about that). Has been DJing for the past two years at our Queer Country Socials and Dirty Water Saloon. He enjoys playing fun music that pulls from contemporary country, r&b, indie, and pop music (and a bit of europop as well).


Simone Assboeck
Simone Assboeck

• Simone Assboeck is an experienced professional dancer, actress, and singer who began ballroom dancing as a child and has since turned her love for dance into a career with a wide repertoire of traditional dances (International & American Standard and Latin dances) and other dances (West Coast Swing, Hustle, Country Line Dancing, Salsa, Modern, Freestyle, Argentine Tango, Hip Hop).

Alan Gaskell
Alan Gaskell

• Alan Gaskell helped pioneer country dancing in the Boston area. Alan won the NYC GayGames country dance competition in 1994; won several national Div 1 United Country Western Dance Council (UCWDC) dance competitions, and currently continues to compete with students in the UCWDC. Alan teaches at our Dirty Water Saloon dances, Longfellow Club, and other locations in the local Boston area. He is known for his elegant styling and smooth technique.

Art Sullivan
Art Sullivan

• Art Sullivan is also a veteran of the country western dance scene here in the Boston area. He is an amazing teacher who works with aging populations and disabilities. As a result he’s one of the most affable and knowledgeable teachers. He is a delight.

• Beth Aufiero is one of our instructors who is an amazing dancer. She’s won many awards in IAGLCWDC and OutSport events for partner and line dancing. She helps keep our club running and organizes our Renegaydes dance group. She is both a joy on and off the dance floor.

• Kendra Bucklin (affectionately known as “spinderella”) has a passion for line dancing. She is our main line dance instructor at our Dirty Water Saloon dance on Tuesdays in Jamaica Plain and has also won first place ribbons and awards for her line dancing at IAGLCWDC events.

Bob Sweeney “da prez” is the president of Gays for Patsy and tends to fill in where needed. He also won ribbons at the OutDanceSports competitions and will be teaching the line dances and beginner two step lessons on Friday night.

Two-Step with a Purpose

Gays for Patsy is a Boston-based, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization of Country/Western dance enthusiasts dedicated to sharing the joys of dancing while raising funds for groups serving those in need.

Stomp is our big fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from workshop and dance admissions as well as the 50/50 raffle tickets go to balancing our budget and anything left over goes to charity, usually a local LGBTS-focused charity.
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Below is a list of places we’ve traditionally stayed at — Mention Stomp! when you’re making the reservation and get a discounted rate!.

For last minute availability check Provincetown Business Guild’s Last Minute Accommodations.

  • Sage Inn and Lounge (Our Host)
    Sage Inn and Lounge is a 3-story Inn features 19 comfortable, beach chic guest rooms all with private bath and accessible via an elevator or stairs. Flat screen TV with expanded cable, new climate control (A/C & heat), complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room Keurig machines, light continental breakfast, full-service lounge, relaxing patio & garden area, electric car charging stations (2 tesla, 1 universal). Call the Inn directly for reservations: 508.487.6424sageinnptown.com
  • Chicago House
    (based on 2015): $60/night single; $80/two people — mention “Stomp” when emailing/calling.
    Under new management since 2016. This centrally located guest house is on a quiet side street near town hall. Steps from Commercial Street’s shops, restaurants, and clubs, Chicago House is a cozy 3/4 Cape converted to a guest house nearly fifty years ago. Reservations: (508) 487-9353. chicagohouseptown.com chicagohouseptown@gmail.com
  • The Gifford House
    Mention “Spring Stomp” guest rooms 10% Off. The Gifford House Inn is one of the original historic hotels in P-Town offering guesthouse accommodations, restaurant, cocktail lounge, bar and a piano bar. The Gifford House offers charming spacious rooms, many with water views and/or rooms that can sleep up to 4 people. giffordhouse.com
  • Prince Albert Guest House
    The Prince Albert Guest House offers 18 guest rooms with private baths; many rooms offer oversized bay windows, water views, private patios/decks, flat panel HDTV, Complimentary Wi-Fi, and a courtesy work station. Continental Breakfast (includes Belgian Waffles with fresh fruit, LavAzza Coffee, Yogurt, and Granola). PrinceAlbertGuestHouse.com
  • The Rose & Crown Guesthouse
    The Rose & Crown is a classic Georgian “square rigger” built in the 1780s. The guesthouse sits behind an ornate iron fence containing a lavish garden. Jane Elizabeth, a ship’s figurehead, greets visitors from her post above the door. Each guest room has its own special feature. The inn offers a breakfast of freshly baked breads and the Rose & Crown’s special coffee. provincetown.com/rosecrown
  • Watership Inn
  • When it was originally built in the seafaring days of the 1820s, the Watership was a home from the seas for Provincetown’s ship captains. Now let it be your home during your visit to Provincetown. Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, 1 car parking per room. watershipinn.com

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It takes a lot to put on even a modest event like ours (checking in/ticket taking, selling raffle tickets, helping Town Hall set up, making sure the organizer doesn’t perish from lack of food . . . it only takes 15 minutes of your time and helps prevent burn out from the organizers. It’s also a great way to meet folks take a break from dancing, and generally painless. So get in touch with me, sign up at the desk, etc.
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