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.
J Michael Winward is an independent dance artist based in Boston. He is the founding director of Steps in Time™, a program that brings adaptive ballroom dance classes and parties to assisted living and memory care communities throughout Greater Boston. 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.
Michael's solo performances blend movement and memoir. Weaving back and forth between linear and nonlinear expression, they explore a variety of topics: coming of age, institutional injustice, and the politics of being oneself.
"J Michael Winward’s Hail Mary, Cha cha cha! presented a funny and poignant look at being a queer Catholic teenager...Winward is a strong performer with terrific timing and considerable presence." -Jessica Lockhart, Artsfuse
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.”
We, the co-producers of Dancing Queerly, wholeheartedly and without reservation, support the members of the Boston Pride Committee and Black & Latinx Pride Committee who are calling for the resignation of the Boston Pride Board and real, proactive change to serve the Boston LGBTQIA+ community. https://docs.google.com/…/1eLBM08-TnCT1GwoTkhto…/mobilebasic
We cannot stand by while an organization that claims to be “listening” to Black activists and community members betrays our trust by announcing a meeting with police. Black and POC organizers have been asking for change from Pride since (at least) 2015.
At this moment, LGBTQ organizations need to be amplifying the demands of local organizers of color who are calling for major redistribution of our city budget away from racist policing & control. LGBTQ organizations need to use our voices and platforms to support these BIPOC-led organizations in organizing to get Boston to shift money to instead invest in what most-impacted communities of color have been requesting for years: funding for housing, health care, mental health support, schools, and jobs with dignity. We support the urgent call to defund the police and encourage you to learn about work by local organizations like Families for Justice as Healing.
Today we are removing Boston Pride’s logo from this weekend’s videos. As planned, all the money we received from the Boston Pride Community Foundation is going directly to artists appearing in this weekends’ programming.
As white organizers we recognize the ways our complacency and silence has allowed Pride to continue brushing the real concerns of Black and POC organizers aside. We apologize. At one time, accepting grants from the Boston Pride Community Foundation and using their funds to pay artists for our scrappy little festival felt like a redistribution of resources that was aligned with our values. In mid-April, offering Boston Pride co-sponsorship of our 2020 virtual events in exchange for publicity and a spot on the official pride calendar seemed like a win-win, furthering our mission by spreading the word about Dancing Queerly further than we ever could on our own. The Boston Pride Board’s actions & continued ignorance make it clear that we can no longer be affiliated with their organization without radical change that centers BIPOC LGBTQ people’s self-identified needs & demands.
We vow to continue our work towards centering Black voices in queer dance. If you join us for any of our events, we hope they nurture your spirit and fuel your sense of justice. Our programming is free and available for the next week. If you want to spend your Friday night at a protest or vigil, or if you want to celebrate Juneteenth with a different live program, you can register for free and watch the live recordings later*.
*Instructions: you can register on eventbrite for both events until June 28 at 11:30 PM.The programs will be visible to view until 9:00 AM on Monday, June 29.