Queer dancing in Boston

May 17: Queer Country Social Dance

A night of dancin’ and socializin’ to contemporary country, r&b, and pop music. Two step, line dance, west (and some east) coast swing, waltz, and more (we even take requests!). This is a nonalcoholic venue (’cause it’s a church, y’all).

No partner necessary! Just come on by and there’ll be lots of partners to swing (or be swung) by.

Don’t know how to dance? Don’t you fret none, we’ got basic two step lessons at the beginning of the night and a whole bunch of folks that will help you. We all began with two left feet. Take a chance, have fun, and I think you’ll be hooked.

Fundraiser! Julie will be passing the hat to raise funds for the AIDS Walk, Boston. Bring in some extra cash to help this worthy cause.

Dance in a nut shell:

Date: Saturday, May 17, 6:30-11 pm
Local: First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA (side entrance of church across from The Footlight Club).
Cost: All for a low cover: $10 (includes the lesson).

  • Lessons: 6:30-8 pm
    • 6:30-7 pm basic two step lesson
    • 7-7:30 pm: beyond the basics two step lesson
    • 7:30-8 pm: Line dance lesson
  • Social dancing: 8-11 pm

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  • Pride Dance: Friday, June 13
    Friday night Gays for Pasty’s Social Dance! Should be a big one, put it on your calendar!
  • Pride Parade: Saturday, June 14
    We’ll be marching with the folks from other dance groups! Join us!
  • June Queer Social Dance: Saturday, June 21
    Yep, the next one will be the “last” dance of the season (maybe… I’m working on a DJ training potentially in July (most likely August) and hoping to have a few dances then in an air conditioned space if I can manage it. More details soon!
  • Americana Mondays
    Mondays, 8-11 pm, no cover.
    PAs Lounge, Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA.
    A fun night of live country, blues, and R&B hosted by Greg Klyma and his band and friends (it’s a blast to see the band swell from three to many by the end of the night). Some two-step, lots of blues, and a few waltzes make for a fun night. No cover, but donations for the band appreciated.
  • Dirty Water Saloon
    Tuesdays, 7-10 pm, $5 cover (includes lessons). Milky Way Lounge in Bella Luna Restaurant, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
    Two-step, West-coast swing, line dancing, and more to contemporary country, R&B, pop, and more.
  • Mile High Hoedown
    May 22-25, 2014.
    IAGLCWDC Annual Convention will be in Denver this Memorial Day. Early Registration ends March 22. Lessons, dances, competitions, sightseeing, and more. A bunch of us go every year and come back bursting to try new line dances, moves, and full of energy. Renegaydes will be performing exhibition dance — amazing dancers, performers, and you can literally dance your boots off (I did a couple years ago). It’s a great time.
  • LGBT Country/Swing Dance Cruise from NYC to Bahamas
    August 24-30, 2014.
    A LGBTS cruise featuring instructors John Lindo (an amazing west coast swing instructor), Susanna Stein (from Big Apple Ranch, NY), Sara Hilbrich (DC Roleplay), and Micheal Metzger (line dance instructor and chorographer from San Francisco). With our very own, Bucky Chappell DJing. Reserve your room soon, limited capacity. Contact Bucky for more information.

Opening Dance for our 25th Season

Come on down Saturday, September 7, for a non-alcoholic night of socializing and dancing (two-step, west and east coast, waltz, line dance and more). There will be a performance by the ReneGAYdes around 9 pm.

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Don’t know how? Don’t have a partner? Don’t you fret none, just come for basic two-step lesson starting at 7 pm.

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Other Opportunities and upcoming events

Dirty Water Saloon. Two-stepping, line dances, west coast swing, and more. September lessons: Intermediate West Coast Swing moves with Alan Gaskell. Every Tuesday (except December). 7-10 pm. Milky Way (the function room in Bella Luna Restaurant) • dirtywatersaloon

Boston Open DanceSport: Same-Sex Ballroom Competition. Friday and Saturday, September 19-20, 2013. Country western dance workshop (7-8 pm) and social dance (all styles of dance) 8-10 pm on Friday; competitions on Saturday followed by a evening of social dancing with a live band. Come watch, dance, participate, even compete. • Boston Open DanceSport.

June 8: Boston pride march

Come dance along Boston pride march with Gays For Patsy, Contra dancers, and queer tango. Meet Saturday, June 8, by 11 am in Copley Square by the red truck in front of 745 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. We’ll be doing line dances, contra, two step, and tango while we wait for the parade to start, then we’ll dance our way along the route. Happy Pride, Y’all.

If you’ve never done it before, please join us: it is exhilarating (and a bit exhausting). Sneakers, or really comfy cowboy boots, recommended.

And here’s a couple photos from last night’s dance. What a great turn out for a rainy evening. Even had a guy here from San Francisco! (Well, to be honest, he was meeting a friend and came to check us out). And the Renegaydes performance was fabulous.

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.

Thanks to Art for teaching the two step lesson and the line dance. And it was fun taking over JP Licks after the dance (I was psyched to see that JP licks has candied ginger as a special flavor).