Queer Dance In Progress is Dancing Queerly’s new program offering self-identified LBGTQIA+ dance artists a chance to share works-in-progress and support each other with feedback. Dancing Queerly is all about more opportunities to dance, perform, and share. As working artists, Dancing Queerly co-producers J. Michael Winward and Maggie Cee are excited to create space for practice outside of a formal education setting that’s not tied to a specific performance opportunity. Queer Dance In Progress is a free (donations welcome) chance for up to 6 artists or groups to share up to 10 minutes of work and receive 10-20 minutes of feedback from peers in a spacious studio/theater environment. Slots are first-come, first served.
Our famous “speed dating for dance” workshop. 4 mini classes in various styles including Vogue, modern/contemporary, and hip-hop! Queer and questioning where you fall on the dance spectrum? Dance-curious is an evening of short dance workshops ranging from ballet to ballroom for the queer community followed by a social. Dance studios can be challenging spaces for us LGBTQ folks, so come and try dance in a queer-friendly environment and connect with other dance-curious folks.
Dancing & Speaking Queerly: A Community Conversation
Join all the Dancing Queerly choreographers to talk about queer dance!
Sunday Soirée Disco Tea Dance
Made popular in the disco era, the Hustle is a great social dance to know, as it compliments a wide variety of up-tempo music from the 1970’s-today. Come learn some of the basics, make some new friends, and practice your moves in a safe, welcoming environment. A celebration of Pride Month, the Sunday Soirée Disco Tea Dance is brought to you by Dancing Queerly and the Festival of Us, You, We and Them.
Ballet is For Everyone at Fest-of-Us
Ballet is for everyone, regardless of gender, body type, fitness level, or experience. Whether you want to re-live childhood hours spent at the barre or are interested in exploring this dance form for the first time, Maggie Cee invites you to experience ballet in a fun, non-judgmental environment. Despite the strictures that are sometimes drawn around this art form, we can reclaim it and make it our own, discovering the subversive potential of movement. This workshop includes basic ballet terminology, gentle stretches, an introduction to proper alignment, and a fun, simple combination that will have you dancing! Comfortable clothes and socks or bare feet are recommended.
The floor: it's more than just something to stand on! When we focus on the floor, we find an ever-present partner that allows for a wide range of supported movement. This class will cover a framework for floor-based work, including traveling, turning, dynamics, and levels, concluding with a short combination. Bring knee pads or wear thick sweatpants. All experience levels/abilities welcome.
Plie, tendu, degage, Chardonnay...Dancing Queerly producers J. Michael Winward and Maggie Cee with the Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence invite you to join them for a fun, low key ballet barre and cocktail hour raising funds for the Dancing Queerly Festival.
Feel free to come just to mingle and watch, or participate in our fun, easy, all-levels and abilities ballet class right along the bar at Viale! Barre will start at 3:30 PM.
Pre-show music by Susan Putnins at 7:30.
8:00 PM Performance with 2019 Dancing Queerly artists Lilly Rose Valore, Nick M. Daniels, Toby MacNutt, Queens With A Mission, LaWhore Vagistan, Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman Dance, J Michael Winward, and Pampi. Saturday's performance is ASL interpreted. Post show mixer and dancing with Liz Nania of Out to Dance Friday and Gays for Patsy Saturday.
Advance price: $20 General Admission, $15 Boston Dance Alliance/Student/Senior/Military
At the door: $22 General Admission, $17 Boston Dance Alliance/Student/Senior/Military
Some free and reduced price tickets are available for LGBTQIA+ folks in need - email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve.
ARTISTS & PERFORMERS
LaWhore Vagistan ( ) is everyone’s favorite desi drag auntie. She has performed at the Austin International Drag Festival, Queens Musuem, Jack Theater, and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. Her films have been screened at the Mississauga South Asian Film Festival, Austin OUTsider multi-arts festival, Hyderabad Queer Film Festival, and San Francisco 3rd i film festival. LaWhore is the alter ego of Kareem Khubchandani, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at Tufts University.
Toby MacNutt is a queer disabled interdisciplinary artist, author, and teacher living in Burlington, VT (USA). Their artforms and media include ground and aerial dance, textiles, bodypaint, and writing speculative fiction and poetry, and the occasional essay. They teach various of these forms, as well as teaching on gender, sexuality, and disability topics. Toby has danced with Murmurations Dance immersive site work When Women Were Birds, for Lida Winfield and Tiffany Rhynard, and with Heidi Latsky's GIMP, among others, and studied with AXIS and Candoco companies. Their independent work One, Two showed locally and internationally in 2014-15. Enter the Void premiered in 2018: an immersive performance with poetry guidebook, in the deep darkness of space.
Performer, Teaching Artist
Lilly Rose Valore was born in Boston, Massachusetts and started her formal dance training at the age of 8. She studied with The Boston Ballet School and was featured in their Nutcracker and spring showcase. Lilly furthered her training at The Boston Arts Academy, Boston's only Public performing arts high school, with Billy Mclaughlin, Tatiana Obeso, Sheryl Pollard Thomas, Christopher Ramsey, and Cristobal Marquez. She performed her choreography solo at many different events such as Green Street Studio's Company performance night and the Arts Academy graduation. graduation to represent the dance department.
Lilly Rose Valore
J Michael Winward is an independent dance artist based in Boston. With influences in American-style ballroom, ballet, contemporary and somatic dance practices, his 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. In addition to producing Dancing Queerly, Michael is involved with several exciting dance projects. Dancing with Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion (PDM), he works to advance the PDM mission of cultivating dance/arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. Through the Steps in Time program, Michael brings social ballroom dancing to senior, elder, and memory care communities throughout Greater Boston. Learn more about Michael (and see clips of his choreography) at www.jmichaelwinward.com.
Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman are dance artists based in New England. The pair’s work is centered around their romantic and creative partnership. Their first collaborative work, Where the air is light and clear, was presented at the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Recently, Em and Sofia have held artistic residencies at The Living Room (Maine) and Ponderosa (Germany) and have performed iterations of their current project, INSTANT SAVIORS: just add water, at Movement Research at the Judson Church, Space 124 through FRESH Festival, EstroGenius Festival at the Kraine Theater, and HUT at School for Contemporary Dance and Thought.
Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman
Born in Puerto Rico and growing up in Southeastern MA, Gabriel has always been on the go. Dancing since 2005, Gabriel now co-leads QWAM; an all male hip hop dance crew that champions for self confidence. By day, he works in Human Resources for a craft beer company!
Considered a pioneer in the Pittsburgh dance scene, Nick M. Daniels is the founding Artistic Director of the D.A.N.A. Movement Ensemble (Dancers Against Normal Actions) which he started in 1991. With over 30 years of dance and choreography experience, he considers himself a reemerging choreographer after taking a 20+year hiatus. Since returning in 2016 his choreographic style has developed into contemporary modern, based on pure raw emotion and musicality.
Nick M. Daniels
Pampi is founder of In Divine Company, an activist multimedia contemporary temple dance theater collective. A 20+ year newcomer-settler-resident of Massachuset and Wompanoag land, Pampi is a darker-skinned nonbinary second-genx casteD-Bengali culture worker who flourishes the intersection of healing and education and develops community-centered art that releases creative potential and drives collective change-making. Please get in touch with them to learn more about AbunDANCE, a meditative movement and song initiative for wellness in community! Instagram @ thirdeyefell #ne0natak #fauxKathak #t3mpl3dance #meditativedancesong
Established in 2016, QWAM (Queens With A Mission) champions for self confidence across the Boston Dance Scene and the greater LGTBQ community. As a diverse all male dance crew, we are a family who wants to express and experience dance in a colorful variety of genres. We encourage everyone to embrace their royalty across the East Coast including in our very own showcase Reignbow; a showcase of queer/ally talent.
Maggie Cee is founder and director of“The Femme Show”, a variety show featuring dance, spoken word, performance art, and drag exploring queer femininity. “The Femme Show” has been a staple of LGBTQ entertainment in Boston since 2007. Maggie is the 2011 recipient of the History Project’s Lavender Rhino Award for an emerging LGBT history maker. Her solo project, "Ladies at a Gay Girl's Bar, 1938-1969," received a New England Dance Foundation grant and premieres this summer.