Welcome to Stomp! Gays for Pasty’s annual hoedown held every spring in Provincetown, Massachusetts (Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2016). With a Friday night dance and Saturday workshops at Sage Inn and Lounge (336 Commercial Street), and a Saturday benefit night dance at Town Hall (260 Commercial Street), there’s a fun weekend planned where you can experience P-town in the off season and dance your winter weight off.
Come for the weekend! We’re a laid back group that loves to dance. The weekend features two dances, five workshops, and a whole lot of socializing and having fun. This year we’re adding in line dances into the workshop listing. Our featured partner dance instructor is Simone Assboeck who is coming down from New York City to learn y’all in the fine art of two step, west coast swing, and cha-cha. Art Sullivan returns to teach you some new line dances and the basics of two step. Bob Sweeney and Ruth Ewing will be DJing. It should be a regular hoot! Whatcha waitin’ fer? Get your weekend pass or individual tickets now!
Friday, April 22: 8:30-11:00 pm: Opening Dance
Cover: $10 (think about a getting a Weekend Pass and save!) • Sage Inn and Lounge, 336 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA.
- 8:30-9:00 pm: Beginner Two-Step Lesson (included in price of admission) with Beth Learn the basics of two step to win friends and influence people, well at least to get around the dance floor.
- 9:00–11:00 pm: Social (Open) Dancing with Bob Sweeney (that’s me) spinning contemporary country, pop, and R&B to two step, line dance, west (and east) coast swing, waltz, cha-cha, and more. No partner or experience needed.
Saturday, April 23: Daytime Dance Workshops and Evening Benefit Dance with performance(s)
- 10:00 am-4:00 pm: Partner and line dance Workshops (two step, cha-cha, west coast swing and three line dances) at Sage Inn and Lounge: $15 per workshop with Simone Assboeck and Art Sullivan.
- 7:00-11:30 pm: Benefit Dance at Town Hall
$20 (includes dance lesson (again: Weekend Pass = save $) • Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
- 7:00-8:00 pm: Line dance lessons with Bob Sweeney
(Imelda&rsqo;s Way and American Kids)
- 8:00-11:00 pm: Social dancing with DJ, Ruth Ewing
Ruth will play selections of contemporary country, pop, and R&B to get you dancing. Two step, west (and east) coast swing, line dances galore, waltz, cha-chas and more! We will also have a performance by The Renegaydes (Gays for Patsy’s performance dance group). But the most fun will be had by you on the dance floor.
- 7:00-8:00 pm: Line dance lessons with Bob Sweeney
Sunday, February 24: Unofficial Brunch
Please join us for a laid back brunch from 10 am–noon at Fanizzi’s By the Sea. While not an official part of Stomp, this is where a lot of us end up as we groggily stumble around sore from all the dancing and socializing. There’s a varied buffet and lots of coffee.
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You can buy your tickets in advance via Eventbrite through April 20. Or you can buy the weekend pass in person at any of the GFP or Dirty Water Saloon dances (starting in March). You can show up for whatever dance or workshop you wish and pay at the door. Your best deal is the Weekend Pass, for only $60 you will get into both dances and all the workshops at a savings of $40. Just buy your weekend pass or individual event tickets via Eventbrite and show up at the event in question with your ticket.
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10 am–4 pm: Sage Inn and Lounge
New this year! Partner and line dance workshops. The partner dances will be two step, west coast swing, and cha-cha taught by Simone Assboeck. No partner needed. The line dances Counting Stars, Bittersweet Memories, and 50 Ways will be taught by Art Sullivan and he will be teaching a basic two step workshop at 1 pm. If you plan on taking four or more workshops, the Weekend Pass will be just as economical and gets you into the Saturday night dance to show off your new moves! No partner or experience needed! We only ask that you have fun.
This is the tentative line up line dances from the IAGLCWDC competition to learn ya.
- 10:00-11:00 am: Two Step partner dance workshop (Simone) — $15
- 11:00 am–12:00 pm: Line dance workshop — Counting Stars & Bittersweet Memories (Art) — $15
- 12:00–1:00 pm: Cha-Cha partner dance workshop (Simone) — $15
- 1:00-2:00 pm: Beginning (new dancer) Two-Step partner workshop (Art) — $15
- 2:00-3:00 pm: Line dance workshop — 50 Ways and review of Counting Stars & Bittersweet Memories (if time allows) (Art) — $15
- 3:00-4:00 pm: West Coast Swing partner dance workshop (Simone) — $15
Step sheets and demos of line dances:
- Counting Stars: Step sheet • Tutorial/Demo
- Bittersweet Memories: Step sheet • Demo
- 50 Ways: Step sheet • Demo
- Imelda&rsqo;s Way: Step sheet • Tutorial/Demol
- American Kids: Step sheet • Demo
Instructor for Saturday’s two step, west coast, and cha-cha partner dance workshops. Simone comes to us via New York City. She is a licensed ballroom dance instructor, movement therapist, dancer, choreographer, judge and coach with over 15 years of experience teaching dance professionally.
Saturday evening DJ at Town Hall. Ruth is a veteran DJ with Gays for Patsy, Dirty Water Saloon, and Stomp. Her laid back and fun selections always delight and when Ruth and her partner Jen west coast, look out. You’ll enjoy her musical choices.
Instructor for Saturday line dance and basic two step workshops. Art is a veteran Gays for Patsy instructor (and DJ) whose passion for teaching has led to teaching for special needs and the elderly. He is patient, friendly, and approachable. You’ll enjoy his lessons as he breaks down the moves and get’s you through the dances smiling and joking all the way. (Ask him where the Gays for Patsy name came).
DJ for Friday night’s dance and instructor for Saturday night’s line dance. Bob stepped in to DJ when Ruth moved to western Mass. earlier this year. He’s been DJing at Gays for Patsy and Dirty Water Saloon dances. He likes to experiment a bit but is always open to suggestions and requests.
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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Some of the places where we have stayed in the past: Mention Stomp! when you’re making the reservation and get a discounted rate!
- Chicago House
(based on 2015): $60/night single; $80/two people — mention “Stomp” when emailing/calling.
Centrally located, on a quiet side street 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: (800) 733-7869. chicagohse.com firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
- Sage Inn and Lounge
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: 508.487.6424. sageinnptown.com
- 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
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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