OUR EVENTS

Sunday Soiree December

In 2020, Dancing Queerly will partner with the Steps in Time® ballroom dance program, to bring you Sunday Soirees at The Dance Complex. Steps in Time director and Dancing Queerly co-producer, Michael Winward invites you to step out for an afternoon of social dancing to a fun playlist of music from the 1940's--today. Sunday Soirees begin with a 30-minute tutorial in ballroom basics, followed by an hour of social dancing, including Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Cha cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Hustle and Merengue. Michael holds multiple championship titles, sanctioned by the North American Same-Sex Partner Dance Association. His instruction assumes a gender-neutral approach to leading and following: participants are encouraged to learn and practice either role, regardless of gender or gender expression. Sunday Soirees are free and open to the public; no prior experience or partner is necessary to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. A comfortable, clean-soled dress shoe or a ballroom shoe is encouraged. As with all Dancing Queerly events, we ask that participants abide by our Community Guidelines.

12/6/2020

4:30 PM

6:00 PM

Sunday Soiree September

In 2020, Dancing Queerly will partner with the Steps in Time® ballroom dance program, to bring you Sunday Soirees at The Dance Complex. Steps in Time director and Dancing Queerly co-producer, Michael Winward invites you to step out for an afternoon of social dancing to a fun playlist of music from the 1940's--today. Sunday Soirees begin with a 30-minute tutorial in ballroom basics, followed by an hour of social dancing, including Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Cha cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Hustle and Merengue. Michael holds multiple championship titles, sanctioned by the North American Same-Sex Partner Dance Association. His instruction assumes a gender-neutral approach to leading and following: participants are encouraged to learn and practice either role, regardless of gender or gender expression. Sunday Soirees are free and open to the public; no prior experience or partner is necessary to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. A comfortable, clean-soled dress shoe or a ballroom shoe is encouraged. As with all Dancing Queerly events, we ask that participants abide by our Community Guidelines.

09/13/2020

4:30 PM

6:00 PM

BYOBrunch

Wrap up your Dancing Queerly 2020 weekend with a celebration and conversation on zoom.  This is our virtual reception/meet-and-greet/networking/talk back - whatever you want it to be! Bring your own beverages and snacks and come hang out!  Free. 

By registering for the event, you agree to read and abide by our community guidelines: https://www.dancingqueerlyboston.com/community-guidelines

Dancing Queerly, 2020 is made possible thanks to the fiscal sponsorship of Boston Dance Alliance, and through the generous financial support of ArtsBoston Audience Lab, Boston Pride Community Fund, Cambridge Community Foundation, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

06/21/2020

12:00pm

2:00pm

Barre at the Bar June

Plie, tendu, degage, Chardonnay...Dancing Queerly producers J. Michael Winward and Maggie Cee 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.

Cash bar and food available.

By registering for the event, you agree to read and abide by our community guidelines: https://www.dancingqueerlyboston.com/community-guidelines

Located on the ground floor with gender-specific, wheelchair accessible restrooms.

06/20/2020

3:00 PM

5:00 PM

Dancing Queerly X Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Featuring performances chosen by guest curator Eva Yaa Asantewaa. This incredible evening of queer dance work brings a cutting edge dance concert to you at home. Co-presented by Dancing Queerly and Boston Pride. 


Eva writes: "Jay Bouey, Ni'Ja Whitson, Maria Bauman-Morales, zavé martohardjono, and Orlando Hunter Jr and Ricarrdo Valentine of Brother(hood) Dance! are among the most thoughtful, driven and exciting artists on the contemporary New York scene. I have had the joy of witnessing their work and passion for community, justice and healing. Each one reminds me of what Toni Morrison wrote in Beloved: ""She is a friend of my mind."" Indeed, I consider each a friend of my mind. They see and capably gather us, helping us to put the many pieces we are in order so that we may breathe freely and survive. They are artists we need in this challenging moment and beyond this moment."


Register today for free! We'll also send you the link to Dancing Queerly Live on June 19, no need to register for both if you don't want to! 


Dancing Queerly, 2020 is made possible thanks to the fiscal sponsorship of Boston Dance Alliance, and through the generous financial support of ArtsBoston Audience Lab, Boston Pride Community Fund, Cambridge Community Foundation, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence."

06/20/2020

7:00pm

8:00pm

Dancing Queerly Live

Featuring live conversations, multimedia presentations, original new work, pop-up dance lessons, and more. Hosted by the inimitable TruDee with Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion, Lilly Rose Valore, Queens with a Mission, Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman, The Boston Renegaydes. Twilight Escada and Olivia Blaisdell, it’s the quarantine-chic version of the show we planned to have in-person. Co-presented by Dancing Queerly and Boston Pride.   Free, registration required.

Dancing Queerly, 2020 is made possible thanks to the fiscal sponsorship of Boston Dance Alliance, and through the generous financial support of ArtsBoston Audience Lab, Boston Pride Community Fund, Cambridge Community Foundation, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

06/19/2020

7:00pm

8:00pm

Dancing Queerly Series: Community Exorcisms with Brendan Drake

This class is part of a special Dancing Queerly Boston x freeskewl class series!

CLASS:
(full title) Community Exorcisms: Cultivating a Virtual Group Practice for Queer Communities

We will approach this class from a place of expulsion: We will shake together, breathe together and build an improvisational score that specifically exercises and safely jostles the Parasympathetic system. You can play whatever music you want at home that gets you to a place of euphoric exhaustion (I will have a suggested class playlist available through spotify). We will then take whatever information gathered from our group exorcism and have a chat. I am interested in what information we can gather from this moment of virtual gathering to imagine our futures for cultivating queer communal spaces.

SUGGESTED READING:

Darnell Moore - Coming out or Inviting in Parts 1 and 2
https://thefeministwire.com/2012/07/coming-out-or-inviting-in-reframing-disclosure-paradigms-part-i/
https://thefeministwire.com/2012/07/coming-out-or-inviting-in-part-ii/

Alfred Soto - Only when I’m Dancing Can I Feel This Free: Queer Liberation, Dreams and Self Discovery on the Dance Floor.
http://www.mtv.com/news/2891842/only-when-im-dancing-can-i-feel-this-free/

BIO:
Brendan Drake is a Brooklyn based artist who uses theatricality and disparate dance forms to create hybrid performance spectacles. He was a 2017-2018 Fresh Tracks Artist at New York Live Arts, a 2015 CDI resident artist through Baruch College and the recipient of a 2020 Brooklyn Arts Council Grant. His recent work has been presented at Danspace Project, The Brick, La MaMa, BKSD, HERE, Joe’s Pub, and The Dance Complex. Photo credit: Whitney Browne.

PAYMENT:
Any donations $1 - $30 is greatly appreciated, however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you can, please consider paying for another person to take class alongside you as well.

Venmo: BDrake-Choreography

Zoom link: zoom.us/j/3093774924
Zoom password: 640262

Learn more about freeskewl at www.instagram.com/freeskewl

06/18/2020

7:00pm

8:30pm

Dancing Queerly Series: with Taja Will

This class is part of a special Dancing Queerly Boston x freeskewl class series!

CLASS:
10 Recommended Ways to Prepare for taking a workshop from me (Taja Will)

1. Do you have Instagram? I invite you to follow these accounts:

@alokvmenon

@junauda

@bunnymichael

@lalobalocashares

2. Please listen and watch the music video for Sam Smith and Demi Lovato's I'm Ready 6 times. You can do this all at once or in increments.

3. After you have watched it, I invite you write a 3 sentence review, send it to me tajawill@gmail.com

4.  Write out the lyrics in your best handwriting.

5. Lipsync this song in the shower, full drama in the face, for at least 3 consecutive showers. Note you are preparing a performance, it will happen during class time.

6. In your own way practice singing low to high, practice character voices, purr and growl, sing your most beautiful ballad, and don't be afraid to make an ugly sound.

7. If you had a theme song, something that would play when you entered a room, what would it be? Please have the chorus of this song cued up for the top of our class together.  

8. If you had a theme song that was your emotional anthem what would be? You don't have to share this.

9. Bring a notebook and paper to class, let those living around you know you will be making sounds and not to worry, but do make agreements with them around what might feel the most respectful and still allow you to take class fully.

10. Don't worry, I'm here for you.

BIO:
Taja Will is a queer, Chilean adoptee, performer, choreographer, therapist, and restorative justice facilitator based in the Twin Cities (MN). Will’s approach integrates improvisation, somatic modalities, text, and vocals in contemporary performance. Taja’s aesthetic is one of spontaneity, bold choice-making, sonic and kinetic partnership, and the ability to move in relationship to risk and intimacy. Will’s work explores visceral connections to current socio-cultural realities through ritual, archetypes, and everyday magic. Will is the recipient of a 2018 McKnight Choreography Fellowship, administered by The
Cowles Center and funded by The McKnight Foundation. Will has recently received support from the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and was a finalist for Queer Art’s(NYC) Eva Yaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists. Photo credit: Galen Higgins.

PAYMENT:
Any donations $1 - $30 is greatly appreciated, however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you can, please consider paying for another person to take class alongside you as well.
PayPal tajawill@gmail.com
Venmo @Taja-Will

Zoom link: zoom.us/j/3093774924
Zoom password: 640262

Learn more about freeskewl at www.instagram.com/freeskewl

06/17/2020

7:00pm

8:30pm

AfroCuban / Orisha Dance with Nadia Issa

This class is part of a special Dancing Queerly Boston x freeskewl class series! Zoom info below.

CLASS:
AfroCuban Folklore (Yoruba) / Orisha Dance or Folklórico (Yoruba) AfroCubano, is a dance tradition of the Regla de Ocha-Ifá religious practice. This class will provide and guide movers through gaining a strong understanding and technical skill of the dances and rhythms of the Orishas to the complex Batá percussion rhythms, as well as Güiro rhythms. Through the AfroCuban rhythms of the Yoruba/Lukumí practice, this course aims to connect the body in the movements of the Afrikan influences and traditions of Cuba and to the Orishas. Aché!

BIO:
Nadia identifies as a Afro-Dominicanx and Lebanese, Queer Artist-Academic. Nadia recently graduated from Hampshire College where they studied Dance, African(a) Studies and Anthropology and will be attending Harvard Divinity School in the Fall of 2020. Nadia has received training from and performed in dance works by William McLaughlin, Sheryl Thomas, Cristal Brown, Fredrick Earl Mosley, Vincent Hardy, Heidi Cruz, Princess Mhoon, Bill T. Jones, Bebe Miller, Bárbara Balbuena, Yeniselt Galata Calvo, Eva Despaigne-Trujillo and Obini Batá, Camille A. Brown and Emilio Hernández González of the company Raíces Profundas to name a few. Nadia’s dance choreography has been shown at Boston University, Hampshire College and Havana, Cuba. Nadia is all about cultivating art and research that challenges and dismantles white supremacy. Nadia continues to work through the lens of Traditions and Religions of Afrikan origin, Survival, Blackness and the Black Caribbean Diaspora within dance and written works. Nadia recognizes that dance is a embodied tool of ritual and resistance in their research and training. Through dance and ethnographic research, Nadia has been able to navigate and communicate Blackness, queerness and the sacred. Photo by Elena Martinez.

PAYMENT:
Any donations $1 - $30 is greatly appreciated, however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you can, please consider paying for another person to take class alongside you as well.

Cash App: $NadiaIssa
paypal.me/NadiaMIssa
Venmo: @NadiaMIssa


Zoom link: zoom.us/j/3093774924
Zoom password: 640262

Learn more about freeskewl at www.instagram.com/freeskewl

6/16/2020

7:00pm

8:30pm

Queer Acts of Homage with Lailye Weidman

This class is part of a special Dancing Queerly Boston x freeskewl class series! Zoom info below.

CLASS:
Dance is a powerful vehicle for drawing on memory, celebrating influence, and acknowledging the labor of those who've shaped our understandings of the body. In this workshop, we will engage dancemaking and improvisation practices that pay homage and play with homage to those who came before us. In doing so, we will explore queer memory that digs into hidden spaces, travels through portals, and emerges victoriously through embodied/sonic means.

BIO:
Lailye Weidman is a choreographer based in Western MA, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hampshire College, and 2018 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Choreography. She incorporates dance, somatics, and mindfulness into her teaching with a focus on the politics of movement and embodied action. Her work has been shown in venues on both coasts, the Midwest, and Europe, and she has worked independently and collectively to produce dance events, residencies, and festivals in New England.

PAYMENT:
Any donations $1 - $30 is greatly appreciated, however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you can, please consider paying for another person to take class alongside you as well.

PayPal: lailye.weidman@gmail.com
Venmo: @Lailye-Weidman
In the spirit of homage, 50% of all donations received for the class will be donated to the House of GG: "The Griffin-Gracy Educational Retreat & Historical Center’s (a.k.a. “House of GG”) mission is to create programs, services, and resources that positively impact the lives, history, and visibility of Transgender, gender-questioning, and gender-nonconforming people. We do this through programs that promote healing justice, resilience, and organizing among our communities, particularly by and for transgender women of color, to remove barriers that inhibit our survival." https://houseofgg.org/


Zoom link: zoom.us/j/3093774924

Zoom password: 640262


Learn more about freeskewl at www.instagram.com/freeskewl

6/14/2020

Sunday Soiree June

In 2020, Dancing Queerly will partner with the Steps in Time® ballroom dance program, to bring you Sunday Soirees at The Dance Complex. Steps in Time director and Dancing Queerly co-producer, Michael Winward invites you to step out for an afternoon of social dancing to a fun playlist of music from the 1940's--today. Sunday Soirees begin with a 30-minute tutorial in ballroom basics, followed by an hour of social dancing, including Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Cha cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Hustle and Merengue. Michael holds multiple championship titles, sanctioned by the North American Same-Sex Partner Dance Association. His instruction assumes a gender-neutral approach to leading and following: participants are encouraged to learn and practice either role, regardless of gender or gender expression. Sunday Soirees are free and open to the public; no prior experience or partner is necessary to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. A comfortable, clean-soled dress shoe or a ballroom shoe is encouraged. As with all Dancing Queerly events, we ask that participants abide by our Community Guidelines.

06/07/2020

4:30 PM

6:00 PM

Barre at the Bar April

Plie, tendu, degage, Chardonnay...Dancing Queerly producers J. Michael Winward and Maggie Cee 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.

Cash bar and food available.

By registering for the event, you agree to read and abide by our community guidelines: https://www.dancingqueerlyboston.com/community-guidelines

Located on the ground floor with gender-specific, wheelchair accessible restrooms.

04/19/2020

3:00 PM

5:00 PM

Queer Dance In Progress

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. 

04/05/2020

1:00 PM

4:00 PM

Queer Dance in Progress

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. 

02/02/2020

1:00 PM

4:00 PM

Sunday Soirée

In 2020, Dancing Queerly will partner with the Steps in Time® ballroom dance program, to bring you Sunday Soirees at The Dance Complex. Steps in Time director and Dancing Queerly co-producer, Michael Winward invites you to step out for an afternoon of social dancing to a fun playlist of music from the 1940's--today. Sunday Soirees begin with a 30-minute tutorial in ballroom basics, followed by an hour of social dancing, including Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Cha cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Hustle and Merengue. 


Michael holds multiple championship titles, sanctioned by the North American Same-Sex Partner Dance Association. His instruction assumes a gender-neutral approach to leading and following: participants are encouraged to learn and practice either role, regardless of gender or gender expression. 


Sunday Soirees are free and open to the public; no prior experience or partner is necessary to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. A comfortable, clean-soled dress shoe or a ballroom shoe is encouraged. As with all Dancing Queerly events, we ask that participants abide by our Community Guidelines. Sunday Soirees take place in the ADA compliant, ground level Studio 7 of The Dance Complex, from 4:30-6:00 pm on the following dates:


March 1

June 7

September 13

December 6


There are two, gender neutral, single-user restrooms in Studio 7.


If you have any questions about attending Sunday Soirees, please contact us at dancingqueerlyboston@gmail.com


We look forward to dancing with you!


3/1/2020

4:30 pm

6:00 pm

Dance-Curious

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.

06/29/2019

12:00 PM

1:30 PM

DANCING QUEERLY 2019 PERFORMANCES

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 dancingqueerly@gmail.com to reserve.

06/29/2019

8:00PM

10:30PM

Dancing & Speaking Queerly: A Community Conversation

Join all the Dancing Queerly choreographers to talk about queer dance!

06/29/2019

4:00

5:30

Floor Workshop with Toby MacNutt

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.

06/29/2019

2:00 PM

3:30 PM

DANCING QUEERLY 2019 PERFORMANCES

Culminating performances featuring local and out-of-town choreographers creating original dance performance from a queer perspective. Check back soon for more details!

  

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 dancingqueerly@gmail.com to reserve.

06/28/2019

8:00PM

10:30PM

ARTISTS & PERFORMERS

 

Performer

J. Bouey

J. Bouey is a current member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and founder and co-host of The Dance Union Podcast with Melanie Greene. J. performed with Elisa Monte Dance as an apprentice, Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT Dance Company, AntonioBrownDance, Germaul Barnes’ Viwesic Dance, Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance, and Maria Bauman’s MBDance. As a choreographer, J. Bouey has shown their original work at The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Gibney Dance, BAAD!, CPR – Center for Performance Research, La Mama Experimental Theatre and South Mountain Center for Performing Arts. J. Bouey received a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University.

Performer

Ni'Ja Whitson / The NWA Project

Ni’Ja Whitson NY/LA, is a Creative Capital and “Bessie” Award winning, Queer Nonbinary multidisciplinary artist, wound and word worker, who has been referred to as “majestic” by The New York Times and recognized by Brooklyn Magazine as a culture influencer. Whitson engages a critical intersection of a sacred and conceptual transdiciplinarity in Black, Queer, and Trans-embodiedness, architectures, science, and spirit. Whitson is an 18th St. Artist in Residence (Los Angeles), 2020 Center for Performance Research artist in residence, 2018 MAP Fund awardee, featured choreographer of the 2018 CCA Biennial, 2018-2020 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Fellow Candidate, and invited presenter at the 2019 Tanzkongress international festival. Other recent awards include a 2018 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize Shortlist (The Unarrival Experiments), Jerome/Camargo Fellowship, Dance in Process (DiP) Residency, Hedgebrook Fellowship, LMCC Process Space Residency, Bogliasco Fellowship. Recent commissions include EMPAC, Danspace Project, BAM Next Wave Art, American Realness Festival, California African American Museum. They are an Assistant Professor of experimental choreography at UC Riverside and Artistic Director of The NWA Project. www.nijawhitson.com

Performer

TruDee

TruDee began her dance training at the age of five in ballet, tap and aerobics under the tutelage of Miss Belinda in the local parks and recreation department. Her love of theater emerged later on through the coveted role of the Virgin Mary in the church nativity play. In her senior high school drama class she wrote and performed in her first one woman play as the prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn. TruDee, an elusive genre straddler, has gone on to share her dance stories at Joe’s Pub, American Dance Festival, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, and the beloved Stonewall Inn. SILO and Marble House Project and Djerassi Artist Residency have hosted her musings and creative exercises. TruDee would like you to also note that she is an award winning lip sync artist and ribboned competitive speed walking champion. Come say hello @yourstrudee

Performer

Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion

Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion is an intergenerational dance/theatre company that specializes in unique performances that push the range of the traditional, from who's dancing the work to what they dance about. Their work has appeared on-site in fountains at Rose Kennedy Greenway and on the campus of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, as well as on table tops, on film and in traditional theatre spaces. Artistic Director Peter DiMuro leads the company’s current project, Stones to Rainbows, a documenting of dialogue among generations and intersections of the LGBTQ+ community: stonestorainbows.com; publicdisplaysofmotion.com

Performer

QWAM

Established in 2016, QWAM 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.

co-producer

Michael Winward

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.

Performer

Twilight Escada

Members of the House of Escada who are currently on HBOMax's 'Legendary" Voguing for Boston Digital Pride. #BlackLivesMatter

Performer

MBDance

Maria Bauman-Morales is a “Bessie” award winning multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is 2020 Columbia College Dance Center Practitioner-in-Residence, 2019 Gibney Dance in Process residency award winner, 2018-20 UBW Choreographic Center Fellow, 2017-19 Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and was the 2017 Community Action Artist in Residence at Gibney. In 2009 she founded MBDance which recently premiered (re)Source to sold-out audiences, co-commissioned by the Chocolate Factory Theater and BAAD!. She creates bold and intimate artworks for MBDance, centering non-linear stories, bodies and musings of queer people of color.

She is an active member of our dance community outside of choreography and performance. Bauman-Morales is a Core Trainer with The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, helping arts organizations and university dance programs understand and undo racism. In 2014, she co-founded a grassroots organization, Artists Co-creating Real Equity, which won the 2018 BAX Arts and Artists in Progress Award for working to undo racism in our daily lives. She is also a mentor to early career artists through Queer Art Mentorship.

Performer

Zavé Martohardjono

Zavé Martohardjono is interested in weaving together political education, improvised dance, and physical healing practices to contribute to de-colonial and de-assimilationist projects. Their art-making practices contend with the political histories our bodies carry. Zavé has performed at the 92Y, The Kennedy Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, BAAD!, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Boston Center for the Arts, Center for Performance Research, El Museo del Barrio, Gibney Dance, HERE Arts, Issue Project Room, Storm King Art Center, the Wild Project, and elsewhere. They are currently a 2019 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and 2019-20 Gibney Dance in Process artist in residence.

Curator

Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Eva Yaa Asantewaa (pronouns: she/her) is Senior Director of Artist Development and Curation as well as Editorial Director at Gibney, New York’s acclaimed center for dance and social activism. She won the 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance as a veteran writer, curator and community educator. Since 1976, she has contributed writing on dance to Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Gay City News, The Dance Enthusiast, Time Out New York and other publications and interviewed dance artists and advocates as host of two podcasts, Body and Soul and Serious Moonlight. She blogs on the arts, with dance as a specialty, for InfiniteBody and will serve as Editorial Director of Imagining: A Gibney Journal, an online publication devoted to writing on dance and performance, to be launched in Fall 2020.



Ms. Yaa Asantewaa joined the curatorial team for Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost and Found and created the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds, an evening of group improvisation featuring 21 Black women and gender-nonconforming performers. Her cast was awarded a 2017 Bessie for Outstanding Performer. In 2018, Queer|Art named one of its awards in her honor, and Detroit-based choreographer Jennifer Harge won the first Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists. In 2019, Yaa Asantewaa was a recipient of a BAX Arts & Artists in Progress Award.



A native New Yorker of Black Caribbean heritage, Eva makes her home in the East Village with her wife, Deborah, and cat, Crystal.

Performer, Teaching Artist

Lilly Rose Valore

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.

Performer

Olivia Moon Photography / halfasianlens

Olivia Blaisdell was born in Connecticut, but raised in Los Angeles, where she grew up studying dance at The Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts. She returned to the East Coast to attend high school at Walnut Hill School for the Arts where she studied ballet, modern, and choreography. Olivia has also trained with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet School, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Currently she dances with KAIROS Dance Theater and Kristin Wagner, and trains in pole fitness on the side. Olivia is a freelance photographer in the Boston area. She has been mentored by artists such as Whitney Browne and has studied photography at Jacob’s Pillow and the Art Center College of Design. Olivia graduated this May with her degree in Health Science at Boston University.

Performer

The Boston Renegaydes

The Boston ReneGAYdes are the official performance team for Gays for Patsy. Our goal is to promote the visibility of the GLBTQ community through dance performance. We enjoy performing at dance festivals, fundraisers, and community events.

Performer

Brother(hood) Dance!

Brother(hood) Dance! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio-political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving African-American experience in the 21st century. Brother(hood) Dance! was formed in April 2014 as a duo that research, create and perform dances of freedom by Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine. We have performed our works at FiveMyles, Center for Performance Research, B.A.A.D! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), VCU-The Grace Street Theater, DraftWork at St. Marks Church, JACK, Movement Research at Judson Church, Colby College, Denmark Arts Center and other venues.

Performer, Teaching Artist

Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman

Sofia Engelman and Em Papineau are dance artists based in Western Massachusetts. 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. Since then, they have held choreographic residencies at The Living Room, Ponderosa (Germany), the Dance Complex, and School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. In addition to presenting their work at these spaces, the pair have performed at festivals including FRESH Festival, EstroGenius Festival, AS220's Providence Movement Festival, and Dancing Queerly Boston; music/DIY venues such as 10 Forward and Flywheel; and other spaces they love dearly including Judson Church, Green Street Studios, and Smith College. Collectively, performance credits include work by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Michael Figueroa, Alice Gosti, Tyler Rai, Jenna Riegel, Alex Springer and Xan Burley, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, and David Dorfman. Learn more on www.engelmanpapineaudance.com and on Instagram at @fake_choreogra_queers!

co-producer

Maggie Cee

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. www.inthestreetsproductions.com

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