Our mission is to create opportunities for people to engage with dance as audience members and participants, centering queerness and countering the many ways LGBTQIA+ people are underserved in traditional dance spaces.
Dancing Queerly provides queer-centric dance events for students, professionals, audience members, and enthusiasts. Dancing Queerly gives LGBTQIA+ dancers and dancemakers the opportunity to create and perform for an LGBTQIA+ centered audience.
ABOUT DANCING QUEERLY
“Dancing Queerly” is founded and directed by Maggie Cee and J Michael Winward.
Michael Winward's work places a strong focus on building connection: connection to one’s body, one’s self, one’s audience, connection between dance partners, connection within and across communities.
As a solo performer, Michael combines movement and memoir: part personal essay, part contemporary dance, his work often weaves back and forth between linear and nonlinear expression. HIs current solo project, "Queering the Sacred Canon" reinterprets frequently spoken texts from a queer perspective; the first solo in this series, "Hail Mary, Cha cha cha!" debuted at Dancing Queerly, 2018.
As a regular collaborator with Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion (PDM), Michael works to advance the PDM mission of cultivating dance/arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. Through his program Steps in Time, he brings social ballroom dancing to senior, elder, and memory care communities throughout Greater Boston. He is a 2018 grantee of the Next Steps for Boston Dance program, a partnership between The Boston Foundation and the Aliad Fund.
Maggie Cee is an artist, activist, dancer, writer, and educator committed to community and social change. She is the founder and artistic director of “The Femme Show,” a ground-breaking touring variety show about queer femme identity and femininity.
Maggie's current solo performance practice combines dance with oral history. Her most recent work, "“Ladies at a Gay Girls' Bar, 1938-1969” premiered at Dancing Queerly, 2018. In it, she illuminates the experiences of queer fem women, as they navigate the underground, American, gay bar scene of the mid-20th century.
In 2018 she received an aMASSiT choreography fellowship from the Dance Complex, was a Creator-in-Residence at Earthdance, and received a New England Dance Fund Grant. Maggie is the 2011 recipient of the History Project’s Lavender Rhino Award for an emerging LGBT history maker. She was featured in the Advocate magazine’s 2006 “Future Gay Rights Leaders.”