Instructors and DJs

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

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Instructors

Beth Aufiero
Beth Aufiero

Beth Aufiero (unofficial bio by Bob)
Beth competes regularly and has many awards. She has taught with our group for years now. She loves East Coast Swing (and many other genres). Her style and technique is impeccable. She will get you on the dance floor with the basics and you’ll learn to love East Coast as much as she loves it.

She will be teaching the East Coast Swing Workshop on Saturday at 10:00-10:50 am at Town Hall .

Bob’s Two Cents: Beth is one of those people you can’t take your eyes off on the dance floor. She has great style and, seemingly, can pick up any line dance on the fly. Not to put any pressure on her, but if you ever are in question on what the steps should be, look to her. She is invaluable to me and our organization.

Jen Collins
Jen Collins

Jen Collins has won multiple awards for both line and partner dancing (she’s quick to point out they were the fun “Just Dance” and competitions at the IAGLCWDG conferences). She teaches occasionally for us at our Queer Country Socials and Stomp (impressive, since she lives so far away from us). She has taught at the (sadly defunct) Q Valley dance in Northampton.
Jen and her partner, our Saturday night DJ Ruth Ewing , co-ran Stomp for a number of years before I took over.
She attends many varied dance conferences and loves to dance; please ask her for a spin on the floor!

Jen is teaching these Saturday Line Dance Workshops:
11:00-11:50 am (The Pilgrim House):
Gives Me Shivers improver by Brandon Zahorsky
Good To Go intermediate by Scott Blevins


4:00-4:50 pm (Town Hall)
Moses Roses Toeses intermediate by Amy Glass

Bob’s Two Cents: Jen is one of the most elegant dancers I know. I’ve seen her win many awards at IAGLCWDC – she even helped me win first place waltzing in one of the “Just Dance” competitions. She is always encouraging and has the ability to laugh at her mistakes (not that she makes them often). Her experience in competing and instruction is evident in her teaching style.

Oh, if you knit, chat Jen up, she’s always looking for knitting buddies.

Conrad Farnham
Conrad Farnham

Conrad Farnham has choreographed more than 50 dances which are featured on the world line dancing network, Copperknob. Conrad teaches line dancing to all ages ranging from 5 to 95 at venues across New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts as well as venues that request line dancing instruction during his time as the Band/Tour Manager for one of the top country bands in New England, The Shana Stack Band. Conrad and his Copperhead Line Dancers won the 1st Annual Halloween Line Dance Video Contest 2017 presented by Skyler Spencer Entertainment, Nashville, TN. Conrad is available for corporate, private, and group events, and school function lessons.

Conrad is teaching the following Saturday Beginner Line Dance Workshops:

11:00-11:50 am (Town Hall):
Martha Divine Your Ass Is Mine beginner by Conrad Farnham
Mr. Po Po beginner by Conrad Farnham

2:00-2:50 pm:
Livin’ Ain’t Killed Me Yet beginner by Conrad Farnham
My Trouble Town beginner by Conrad Farnham

Bob’s Two Cents: Conrad asked to teach at the 2018 Stomp, I was skeptical that he could teach three of his beginner lessons in an hour, but he did so with ease and made it fun.
One of his dances, Sing, is now a staple at our dances. He has a great style of teaching and high energy that carries over to all present. We’re glad he’s back for the second year.

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.

Alan is teaching the following Saturday Workshops:

10:00–10:50 am (The Pilgrim House):
Intermediate West Coast Swing

12:00–1:50 pm (The Pilgrim House): Intermediate Two-Step

3:00–3:50 pm (The Pilgrim House):
Basic/Improver Cha-Cha

4:00–4:50 pm (The Pilgrim House):
Beginner West Coast Swing

Bob’s Two Cents: Alan is a wonderful teacher who is technically savvy and elegant in his moves and delivery. You’ll leave his lessons with elegant new moves that he breaks down so you know the mechanics behind the moves. He has choreographed some of our ReneGAYdes routines and we always are improved by his direction. Hell, he even taught me how to do chaines turns – and that’s no small feat (’cause I have big-assed feet).

Photo of Art Sullivan
Art Sullivan

Art Sullivan is a veteran of the country-western dance scene here in the Boston area and one of the founding members of Gays for Patsy almost 30 years ago. A regular instructor at our Queer Country Social dances, his passion is working with an aging population and people with Parkinson’s Disease (he was recently part of a Parkinson’s documentary.

Art is teaching the following lessons/workshops at Town Hall (except where noted):

Friday
8:00–8:30 pm (Town Hall):
Beginner Two-Step Lesson

8:30–9:00 pm (Town Hall):
Beginner Line Dance Lesson
I’m Glad You Exist beginner by Kickin’ it Country

Saturday
2:00–3:00 pm (The Pilgrim House):
Intermediate Line Dance Workshop
Graffiti Baby improver by Julie Snailham

3:00-3:50 pm (Town Hall):
Intermediate Line Dance Workshop
Senorita La-La-La improver by Julia Wetzel


7:00–7:30 pm (Town Hall):
Beginner Two-Step Lesson

7:30-8:00 pm (Town Hall):
Beginner Line Dance Lesson
Handsy in the Stall beginner by Crocker and Carpentino

Bob’s Two Cents: Art has taught for us almost since our inception. When I first started going to the dances with two left feet, I was struck by his empathic teaching style. His work with Parkinson’s patients and the aging is inspiring. I helped him once: the joy in the room was evident on both people he worked with and their family members. He’s a gem and we are very lucky to have him. 

DJs

Ruth Ewing
Ruth Ewing

Ruth Ewing not only is our veteran Stomp DJ, she occasionally DJs for our Queer Country Social and was (along with Bucky Chappell) the founding main DJ for our weekly Dirty Water Saloon dances. up until 2020 she DJed for the (sadly defunct) Q Valley dances in Northampton. She also DJs for IAGLCWDC conferences.
Ruth has a laid-back style that belays the thought and effort that goes into her sets. She draws from a variety of sources and her choices are always a delight. Along with Jen Collins, she ran Stomp (and GFP) for many years and has a love for the weekend and all the dancers.

Ruth is spinning music* at Town Hall on Saturday from 8:00 pm–12:00 am.
*a hard drive spins, right?

Bob’s Two Cents: Ruth was president of the club and DJing when I returned in earnest back a “few years” ago. Her musical taste is varied and playful. She continues to inspire both Bucky and myself to take more chances with the songs.
She ran both GFP and Stomp (with her partner, Jen Collins) before I took over and they moved to western Massachusetts.
Ruth has an unflappable, no-nonsense, can-do attitude in both her DJing and her dancing. I love dancing west coast and two-step with her. She’s a great leader on and off the dance floor. 

Bob Sweeney "da prez" Gays for Patsy
Bob Sweeney “da prez” Gays for Patsy

Bob Sweeney (“da prez” or “Silent G”*) has been DJing since 2014 at our venues (Stomp, Dirty Water Saloon, Queer Country Social) and a few private gigs for friends and charities.
He enjoys finding fun music that pulls from the contemporary country, R&B, indie country, rock, pop music, Euro-pop, electro swing, and many more.
He started teaching basic line and two-step lessons to help out when other instructors were unavailable or when he procrastinated scheduling someone (more the latter).
Also ask Bob (me) to dance — as he (I) is (am) hoping to dance his (my) ass off.

Bob is doing the following at Town Hall:
Friday
9:00 pm–12:00 am (Town Hall):
DJing the Opening Night Dance

Saturday
9:00–9:30 am (The Pilgrim House):
Morning Stretch

9:30–10:00 am (The Pilgrim House):
Line Dance 101 part I

Sunday
10:00–10:30 am (Town Hall):
Morning Stretch

10:30–11:00 am (Town Hall):
Line Dance 101 part I

11:00–11:30 am (Town Hall): Beginner Line Dance Lesson:
Style by KyungOk Kim

11:30 am–2:00 pm (Town Hall):
DJing the “Sweet Tea” Dance

Bob’s Two Cents: You can usually find Bob obsessively playing games on his phone procrastinating most everything.