Date(s) - 02/06/2017
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society (APIQS) and Women in their Twenties and Thirties invite you to an LGBTQI+allies dance party! Basic beginner lessons in blues and bachata followed by a fusion dance with a loose variety of music appropriate for these dance styles + general fusion. Bachata lesson and zouk demo brought to you by the lovely Gloria Tan and Demetrius Perminter. Everyone will learn both roles!
~Co-sponsored by APIQS and Women in Their Twenties & Thirties (WiTT)~
No cover; donations needed! Cash or Venmo @dchan001
Full open bar provided + BYOB – you can bring food, too
Outdoor firepit with marshmellow roasting and smores
Hosted by the gracious Diana Chang
Music: blues, bachata, R&B, and more
8:00-8:30 – Beginner Blues Dance Lesson
8:30-9:00 – Beginner Bachata Lesson
9:00-11:30 – Fusion Dance
Directions: Less than a block from the Southwest Waterfront Metro station (Green Line)
1250 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024
Thelma Martin Room in the courtyard
–> To get to this room, please DO NOT enter through the front lobby. You can go around the left side of the front building and past the fountain, and you’ll run into the event destination. It’s visible from the sidewalk (glass walls).
What is blues dancing?
Blues dancing is related to swing dancing in its origins and its modern revival. It is slower than swing, and unlike swing, it may be danced in a close embrace position, making it potentially more intimate.
What is bachata?
“Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is danced widely all over the world but not identically. The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat.”
What is fusion?
Fusion dancing refers to any blend of partner dance styles. A blues-bachata fusion would blend these two styles together. At this event you can dance both styles independently of each other, and/or blend them together!
Safe Space Policy
-We support consent culture! Always get consent (verbally or nonverbally) before beginning a partnered dance. While you are strongly encouraged to partner dance if you want to, it is always acceptable to politely decline a dance. In fact, if you don’t feel like partner dancing at all, you are still welcome to come hang out, pour yourself a drink, solo dance, and/or watch.
-This is an all-gender-inclusive event. Allies welcome, heteronormativity is not!
-If you have any issues you would like us to address, please let Diana Chang or Luella know.
This is a residential area. If you need someone to walk you to your mode-of-transport, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Join the DMV Queer Dancers group to connect with others interested in dancing and keep up with future events: