Cha Cha, Charleston, and Cheer

This Saturday, December 16, come learn cha cha, the line dance “cowboy Charleston”, and dance to a selection of holiday and non holiday music.

The Skinny:

Gays for Patsy’s Queer Country Social Holiday Party


Time:
 7-11 pm
Location:
 1st UU Church of JP, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
Info: gaysforpatsy.org/queer-country-social/

Lessons:
7:00-7:30 pm Cha Cha lesson with Patrick Piazza and Beth Aufiero
7:30-8:00 pm Cowboy Charleston (beginner) Line dance with Beth Aufiero
(demo • step sheet)

The Dancin’
8:00-11:00 pm DJ Bob Sweeney will be playing a selection of holiday and non-holiday music that you can two-step, lindy hom/east coast swing, cha cha, west coast swing, line dance galore, and more.

Who’s coming? you, I hope. Open to all genders, sexual orientations, races, and exprience. We just like to have fun, hope you do too and you’ll be dancing a whole bunch.

No experience? Don’t you fret none, we’ll learn ya.
No Partner? 
They’ll be lots to go around.

Just come on down and have a fun time.

This venue is non-alcoholic (it’s part of the church rules).

Volunteers needed at 6:30 and 11 to deck the halls and de-deck them after.

Happy October

Happy October!

Here’s our LGBTQ* + (Queer folk and their allies) dances through the end of October!

A Queer Country Social on Saturday and Dirty Water Saloon dances on Tuesdays. Come on out to dance! No partner or experience necessary! (Don’t fret none, we’ll learn ya!). We’ll be playing contemporary country, pop, and r&b that you can two-step, west coast swing, east coast swing (or lindy hop), line dance galore, a waltz or two, and more. Lessons included and a bunch of friendly folk to help out if ya need it.

Queer Country Social
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Ruth and Jen return for a night of dancing, learning and socializing!
Join our Western MA cohorts  as she plays a selection of contemporary country, pop, and r&b that you can two step, west coast swing, east coast swing, line dance galore, and more.

  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 • 7-11 pm
  • Where: 1st UU Church of JP, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA
  • How Much?: $12 sliding-scale suggested donation ($8 for GFP members) — lessons included!
  • Who: You and your friends and special guests from Western MA.
    Remember: no experience or partner needed!
  • What: Social Dancing with “Free” Lessons
    • 07:00-07:30 – Beginner Two Step Lesson with Julie Kinnett
      (basic pattern, hesitation, and underarm turn)
    • 07:30-08:00 – Line dance: “You Broke Up With Me” with Jen Collins
      • stepsheetdemo
      • 32 count 4-wall line dance choreographed by Randy Pelletier
      • Music: ‘You Broke Up with Me’ by Walker Hayes from the 8Track Album (3:24 long)
    • 08:00-11:00 – Social dancing with DJ Ruth Ewing
  • More info: gaysforpatsy.org/queer-country-social/

Dirty Water Saloon
Tuesdays

  • When: Tuesdays 7-10 pm (remaining October dates: 10/24 and 10/31)
  • Where: Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge at the Brewery Complex, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA.
  • How Much: $10 sliding scale suggested donation — lessons included!
  • Who: You of course!
  • Lessons (for October 24 and 31):
    • 7:00-7;45 pm Alan Gaskel will be teaching a two step move
    • 7:45-8:15 pm Jim Fauntleroy will be teaching the classic line dance, Dizzy
  • Social dancing 
    • 8:15–10:00 pm Social dancing with DJ Bob (10/24) and Halloween dance with DJ Bucky (10/31) (costumes optional).
  • More info: gaysforpatsy.org/dirty-water-saloon/

That’s it for now, Happy October!

Bob Sweeney,
“da prez” Gays for Patsy

*LGBTQ+ (Queer) = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, but we don’t care who you love, just that you love to dance and don’t care about gender norms.

Taking chances and finding joy

What a great opening night for our Queer Country Social dance. We had roughly 20 people show up for the beginner lesson. Most were a meetup group event and a few from a south shore group.
It was amazing to see these people come out and do something they never done before. Most had not danced anything like social dancing since they were in grade school.
I was the basic two step teacher and I’m amazed they all picked up the basic two step pattern and go through a line dance lesson that was not easy. They rocked.
I’m sure they didn’t feel that way, I know I didn’t when I first came to a dance back in 2003. It took me many months to work up the nerve to step through that door. The only dance experience I had was on the club scene. I was looking for something a bit better than a bar to find someone. I didn’t expect to find a community. That first dance, Bucky came up to say hello and asked me to dance. How daunting! I sucked — toes were stepped on, I think I hit Ruth with my elbow, and my turns were all over the place (sorry Jim). There were so many people infinitely better than I was — I felt so clumsy and awkward. But Bucky reminded me that I never did this before and encouraged me to keep at it. I did. So much so that I’m president of the club and help DJ, teach, organize, and am part of the performance group. While I didn’t find a partner, I found a bunch of friends and my life is richer for it.
Social dancing is challenging but fun. A 2003 New England Medical Journal article “Leisure Activities and the Risk of Dementia in the Elderly“, showed that out of 18 activities, social dancing was significantly more effective at keeping your faculties as you grow older. I believe it’s the combination of being hyper aware of your surroundings while socializing and moving to the rythm of music.
You just don’t get that in a gym.
I love this group for their mix of ages, genders, and ability levels — the most refreshing is that we mix it up. We don’t care what role you dance, who you love, what color your skin. We just like to dance and hope you do too.
Gays for Patsy hosts three events:
I also love going to Americana Sundays in Somerville on Sundays from 8-10 at Thunder Road on Somerville Ave. that features a live band lead by Greg Klyma – a queer friendly guy who took his date to one of our dances and loved it. Though not a queer venue, we end up taking over the dance floor more than not. It is a small venue and quite not intimidating at all.
I hope to find you on the dance floor. Ask me to dance.
Bob “da prez” Sweeney
Gays for Patsy