GFP Marches Forward: Dances, Hoedown, and More!

March forward

A “quick” update for this Saturday’s GFP Queer Country Social dance, Dirty Water Saloon, Spring Stomp (online ticketing!), Bob O’Donnell Remembrance, and Americana Mondays ending at the end of the month.

Next GFP Dance: Saturday, March 19, 2016

with special guests, the Manhattan Prairie Dogs and Ruth DJing!
GFP’s Queer (folk) Country Social
1st Church of JP • 6 Eliot Street • Jamaica Plain, MA
Lessons: 6:30-8 pm, Social dancing: 8-11 pm.
I’m excited that we’re having the Big Apple Ranch’s performance dance troupe The Manhattan Prairie Dongs visit and perform for us at this weekend’s dance. If you’ve not seen them, they are a very impressive, fun, and saucy group. Beth Aufiero will be teaching the basic two step lesson and Art Sullivan will be doing the beyond the basic lesson and line dance lesson (I “think” American Kids). Ruth Ewing will be serving up the music for the social part of the evening. It should be a hoot!

Spring Stomp! Get yer tickets online!

April 22-24, Provincetown, MA
I updated information on the website about Spring Stomp, April 22-24, in Provincetown. This is our annual hoedown in P-town featuring a weekend of dancin’, socializin’, and learnin’. This year’s line up are: Friday night dance will have Bob Sweeney (that’s me) DJing, Saturday dance workshops Simone Assboeck from NYC to teach two step, west coast swing, and cha-cha workshops. Something new this year, we have Art Sullivan teaching two line dance workshops (he’s looking over the IAGLCWDC competition line dances and choosing from them) along with his usual basic two step workshop. Ruth Ewing will be DJing the Saturday night dance at Provincetown Town Hall and the Boston Renegaydes will be performing a fun routine choreographed by our own Beth Aufiero during the social part. New! Buy your tickets online! You can buy your Weekend Pass or any combo of dance/workshops online via EventBright! Or you can purchase the weekend pass at the GFP dances or Dirty Water Saloon, or at the door at Sage Inn and Lounge Friday night.

Dirty Water Saloon

Tuesdays, Bella Luna Restaurant (Milky Way Lounge) in the Brewery Complex, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA (Orange Line: Stoney Brook)
Partner dance lessons: 7-7:45, Line dance lesson: 7:45-8:15, social dancing 8:15-10 pm
GFP has taken over running of Dirty Water Saloon with the help of a committee made up of Sam, Kendra, Alia, Bucky, Jim, Ian, Dayna, and myself. We are trying some new things while we transition, but you can be sure that the format will still be the same. Here’s what’s tentatively scheduled for the next few weeks:

  • Tuesday, March 22, Sam will be DJing, the partner dance will be two step (I’ll get more details soon), Kendra will go over “Timber”.
  • Tuesday, March 29, Bucky is set to DJ a Retro Night (80’s music)
  • In April Ron will be teaching west coast swing.

More details to come and I’ll update the GFP website with more information soon.

Bob O'Donnell photoBob O’Donnell Remembrance

Long time dancer Bob O’Donnell passed November 7. There will be a Remembrance ceremony in his honor April 5, 2016 at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Ma from 5-7 pm. Come for coffee, tea, and to sample some of Bob’s famous desert treats made from recipes passed down to his nephews. To RSVP and find out more, visit saratogaareas.com/Bobsrememberance.html.

Going… Going…

Americana Mondays will be no more after March. Come to PA’s Lounge on Somerville Ave the last two Monday’s in March to experience the magic that is Americana Mondays with Live music by Greg Klyma. These dances should be fun, with lots of friends joining him on stage and filling the dance floor. He plays old style country, a bit of blue grass, a bit of rockabilly, and just is a great showman. You can ask the contingent of folks like Julie, Harper, myself, Jay, and Ted how wonderful the night is and how we will miss our Mondays with Greg. He starts at 8 pm and runs to 11 pm. PA’s Lounge: 345 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143.

Snowmaggedon? Dance distractions from the white stuff.

SNOWMAGGEDON?

Will the snow end? Will Boston be forever plunged under a blanket of white? Will I ever find my car in the snowbanks?

These questions dominate my mind on a snowy Saturday so I’m distracting myself by writing you, gentle folk, to remind you that there is life beyond the snowbanks. Here are some events to brighten the grey days:

I hope that you’re faring well this wintery day and more I hope to see you on the dancefloor.– Bob “da prez” Sweeney

Would ya be mine... for a swing around the dance floor? February 21

GFP Queer Country Social Dance

Would ya be mine… fer a swing around the dance floor?
Won’t you leave the snowbound house and join me for a night of two-step, west coast, waltz, and more to contemporary country, R&B, and pop music? No partner necessary! There be a plenty of willin’ folk fer ya to kick ya heels up. It’s a regular hootinanny. Here be the particulars:

GFP Stomp! Spring is around the corner, I swear!

Mark your calendars! Friday-Sunday, April 24-26, 2015, Provincetown, MA. A weekend of dancing, instruction, and more. I’m working with Ruth to take over the planning: It will be the same as last year once I get the deposits in for Sage Inn for Friday night dance and Saturday workshops and Town Hall for the Saturday night dance. Volunteers needed to take shifts at the door, sell raffle tickets at both dances, and help set up/break down Saturday’s dance.

The Montreal Hoedown 4th of July weekend

Join a bunch of us as we head to IAGLCWDC’s Annual Hoedown this year being held in Montreal, Candada! Almost a week of activities are planned, but the essence is Thursday-Sunday, July 2-5 2015. A bar crawl, seemingly hundreds of lessons on Friday and Saturday, Dances galore, Competitions, exhibitions (including our own ReneGAYdes and Big Apple Ranch’s Manhattan Prairie Dogs). Hundreds of fellow dancers, and a great time to be held by all. Ask anyone who goes, it’s both amazing, tiring, fun, and a hoot.

Boston Open Dancesport in P-town this fall!

Boston Open Dancesport will host the 2015 North American Same-Sex Championship in Provincetown September 18-19. Looks to be pretty cool. Start yer training. Last year, a bunch of us did the line dance competition (Beth getting first place ribbons in everything and the rest of us doing okay) and the Renegaydes did a group routine (first place — well, we were the only group). This year should be better with being in p-town.

Upcoming:

I put the following and more in our Google calendar — access it on either GFP’s main or calendar pages. You can also include the calendar in your ical or Google calendar (calendar id: gfpdancing@gmail.com).

  • Americana Mondays
    Mondays, 8-11 pm • no cover.
    PA’s Lounge, Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA. (PA’s facebook page)
    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. First Mondays have a basic dance lesson.
  • Dirty Water Saloon
    Tuesdays, 7-10 pm • $10 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.
  • LGBT Gender Neutral American Style Tango (the class isn’t posted yet but will be soon)
    Wednesdays, March 11-April 15, 2015 • $80 per person for the 6 week class
    Taught by Suzanne Hamby and Dick Gould
    Hamby Ballroom Dance Studio • 25 Harvard St (Temple Beth Israel), Waltham, MA 02453 • 508 380-4647
    Beth, Ian, and Bill have been going to this and have had a lot of fun.
    Here’s an exerpt from their flyer:
    New opportunity for the LGBT community and friends: Advanced Beginner American Style Tango group class specifically for people with some experience in gender neutral American Style Tango. This class started in September with a group of LGBT friends who wanted to form their own class to learn American Style Tango, we have had so much fun, we are expanding. Some experience in American Style Tango recommended. If you are interested in joining this class but have no prior Tango experience, you could take a private lesson or two to become familiar with some of the basic steps. The group has monthly practices in another location. The class will have two teachers and technique will be stressed.