Queer Partner Dance Resources

We created this guide to help you find partner dance organizations and events that are intentionally created as queer spaces. While there is growing acceptance of queer people in mainstream dance scenes, it can still be difficult for many to participate in heteronormative and gender-normative dance classes and socials. We decided to focus on intentional queer dance communities rather than queer-friendly ones, since the latter is easy to claim and may be hard to hold on to. Even in dance scenes that aim for openness and inclusivity, there is a lot of work left to be done. 

The list is organized by location since so many of our readers dance multiple styles. We have included as many kinds of partner dancing as we could find, from Latin to swing dancing to country. The one dance style we haven’t listed here is Argentine tango. The Queer Tango Project has already done excellent work in creating a guide to queer tango scenes all over the world.

http://queertangobook.org/queer-tango-resources/festivals-milongs/

Some groups on this list may cater to one particular segment of the LGBTQIA+ rainbow, but most are inclusive of the full spectrum (as well as straight allies). However, our guide is far from complete! We invite you to get in touch with us if you have any entries to add to the list.

 

USA | Canada | Mexico | South America | Europe | Australia

USA

Boston, MA

Tech Squares
square and round dance

Gays for Patsy
Country

Boston Gender Free Contra Dance
Contra

Out Salsa Boston
salsa

DespeloteX
Afro-Latin dance event

Western Massachusetts

Out to Dance
Swing, ballroom, and Latin dance classes

Rainbow Contra of Western Mass
contra

Q Valley
Country and Line Dance

New York City, New York

Dance Together NYC
Ballroom & Latin dance

Village Contra
contra dance

Big Apple Ranch
Country-western

Washington, DC area

DMV Queer Dancers
Facebook community

DC Out
WCS, C/W, line dance event

QT Fusion Dance DC
blues, bachata, fusion

Spectrum Dance DC
WCS, blues, and fusion

DC Rawhides
Country-western

Atlanta, Georgia

Bachaterx
queer-centric bachata

Hotlanta Squares
square dance

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

412 Step
Country and line dance

Detroit, Michigan

Motor City Swing
Lindy hop

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand River Renegades
Country

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Queer Contra
contra

Second City Dance Organization
Country

St. Louis, Missouri

Show Me Country Dance
Country

Denver, Colorado

Kaleidoscope Creatures
queer fusion dance

Rocky Mountain Sway
Country-western

Houston, Texas

Rainbow Ranglers
Country-western

Seattle, Washington

AzuQar!
Latin dance events

Portland, Oregon

Stomptown
Country-western

Sacramento, California

Spectrum
Sacramento queer Latin dance community

San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco LGBTQ Salsa Dance
salsa

In Lak’ech
salsa & bachata

San Francisco Bay Area Queer Contra Dance
Queer Contra Camp
Contra dance

Sundance Association
Country-western

Los Angeles, California

Queer Latin Dancing Los Angeles
Latin dance

CANADA

Toronto, Ontario

LGBT Dance
salsa and hip hop

Swingin’ Out CA
Lindy hop

Toronto Queer Slow Dance
slow dance

Toronto Wrangler
Country-western

Vancouver, British Columbia

Rain Country Dance
Country

Timberline
Country-western

MEXICO

Mexico City

Queer Salsa Mexico
salsa

SOUTH AMERICA

Curitiba, Brazil

Salameros
salsa

EUROPE

London, England

Salsa Rosada
salsa

Exilio
Latin dance club

Pink Jukebox
Ballroom and Latin dance

Brighton, England

Cheek 2 Cheek
Ballroom & Latin dance

Cambridge, England

Jive 4 All
Modern Jive

Exeter, England

DiVersity Dance
ballroom

Manchester, England

LGBTQ salsa
salsa

Paris, France

Rainbow Evidanse
ballroom

Laissez-Nous Danser
ballroom

Kindness Collectif
slow dance, zouk, and hip hop

Barcelona, Spain

Panteres Grogues Salsa
salsa

Stockholm, Sweden

Queer Salsa
salsa

Gothenberg, Sweden

Gothenberg Queer Lindy Festival
Lindy hop event

Åland Islands, Finland

Pride Swing
Lindy hop event

St. Petersburg, Russia

Queer Dance Club
International Queer Dance Festival
tango, kizomba, salsa, bachata, blues

AUSTRALIA

Sydney, New South Wales

Rainbow Dance
Ballrooom and Latin dance

Melbourne, Victoria

Latin American & Hispanic Rainbow Dance Community
Latin dance event

Dance Cats
Ballroom and Latin dance