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Gay / Lesbian / Queer (LGBT) Dance Classes

Latin, Swing and Ballroom Dance Classes for LGBT Folks (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) and Friends!

Check out our incredibly fun and friendly LGBT same-sex dance classes primarily for lesbian, gay and queer folks, and also queer-friendly dance classes that are open to all, (welcoming but not exclusively same-sex oriented.) We have a 25+ year track record teaching dance in the LGBTQ community! We also teach beginner's dance lessons at the Swingtime monthly dances for GLBT folks in Brookline; (see right sidebar for details.) To see what other lesbian, gay, transgender and queer folks have said about our warm and welcoming GLBT dance classes, just scroll to the bottom of the page.

We were awarded an "A" rating and Super Service Award on Angie's List! (Only awarded to less than 5% of businesses.)

Current LGBT and Queer Dance Classes & Events:

  • LGBT dance classes: Fall classes are announced! Hot Latin Ballroom: Cha Cha and Rhumba, Cool Foxtrot Intermediate, and West Coast Swing Advanced. Juicy details below.
  • Gay-friendly Dance Classes for Everyone: Wedding Prep, Ballroom, Tango, Swing, Salsa, and more: Details here.
  • Beginner's GLBT dance lessons at Swingtime LGBT dances (usually 1st Sat. of every month, Oct.-June.) Click here (or see sidebar to right) for details.
  • Read our primer on GLBT Wedding First Dance Planning

Dancing With A Star: Chaz Bono and Liz Nania at the Copley Marriott in Boston.

LGBT Dance Classes

This is "the place" for dance lessons in Boston. Liz Nania is amazing and I'd give her 6 stars if I could. My partner and I started taking lessons this winter, and with Liz's help I've gone from avoiding the dance floor to looking forward to dance in just a few sessions. She is knowledgeable and patient, and focuses on what you are doing right before moving on to ideas to make you even better.

Her class is the perfect end/beginning to the work week, and it seems she also has a strange telekinetic ability to attract some of the nicest people I have ever met to her classes. :-) In addition, her rates are extremely affordable and she offers discounts for taking more than one class in a term. Timothy B., Dorchester, MA

Fall LGBT Dance Classes starting Sun. 9/27:

The Dynamic Duo: Cha Cha & Rhumba: Sun. Sept. 27 - Nov. 23, 8 classes, 8-9 pm; (no classes 10/12, Columbus Day;) West Roxbury School of Dance.

Instructor Liz Nania, Director of OUT to Dance. Are you looking to learn some cool dance moves that'll cover a whole lot of musical ground, from contemporary pop to Latin to R'n'B? You may be amazed at how many current popular tunes played at social events, clubs, parties and weddings are actually cha cha and rhumba rhythms. The versatility, fun, and ease of learning cha cha and rhumba together is unbeatable. Whether these dances are totally new to you or you know several basics, you'll learn a lot of exciting moves in this fun class.

You'll discover that many of the specific moves in these two dances are shared with each other, so one cha cha move translates easily into the next rumba move you learn, helping you learn more quickly and easily. Cha cha and rhumba are also regularly danced to contemporary non-Latin pop music as well, so you'll get to show off your dancing frequently at lots of events! (We'll be dancing the fun, social style of these dances, stuff you'd actually dance at a party, not the over-the-top performance style you may have seen.)

This unique and exhilarating class won't be offered again soon, so take the plunge and treat yourself to an unforgettable series of Sundays. Absolutely no partner or experience necessary, but folks who know the basics will polish their technique and learn lots of new tricks. It's surprisingly easy, tremendously fun, and you'll use it for a lifetime. Our classes are known for their friendly vibe and comfortable atmosphere. End your weekend on a high note and join us!

(Check out a list of some of our student comments. Or explore some of our students' fave cha cha and rhumba tunes.)

(If you need to miss any classes, you are entitled to one free drop-in class at any of our classes at your level, this term or next.) And no worries, we'll review every week in class!

Hot Latin Ballroom: Sun. Sept. 27 - Nov. 23, 8 classes, 8-9 pm; (no classes 10/12, Columbus Day;) West Roxbury School of Dance.

“I used to get the Sunday night heebie-jeebies before the work week. Now I look forward to dancing, laughing, moving, breathing – what could be better?” T. Tibbets, Jamaica Plain, MA

Cool Foxtrot Immersion 2:
Sun. Sept. 27 - Nov. 23, 8 classes, 7-8 pm; (no classes 10/12, Columbus Day;) West Roxbury School of Dance.

Instructor Liz Nania, Director of OUT to Dance. Burn the floor and take your dancing to new heights! If you have some experience in foxtrot and want to gain mastery, this may be your finest hour. (If you're yearning to join this class, but you need to get up to speed on foxtrot basics, call Liz to do a couple private lessons ASAP.)

Foxtrot is the elegant, smooth, playful, and versatile ballroom dance that is the basis of so many other ballroom dances. The music is jazz and pop, both vintage and new: Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Michael Buble, Natalie Cole, and much more. Utterly useful and so swanky! Join us. No partner necessary. (Add a second or third class to your dance night out and save $15 per class!)

Our classes are legendary for being friendly and attitude-free. (If you need to miss any classes, you are entitled to one free drop-in class at any of our classes at your level, this term or next.) And no worries, we'll review every week in class! Beat the Sunday night blues and join us.

Liz is an exceptional dance instructor. She can turn the most skeptical "two left feeter" into a dancer in no time. Her ability to put you at ease is legendary. Her classes are always fun, educational and a great value. These classes are worth the drive from anywhere. Ciara Gogan, Quincy, MA

Check out some of our students' favorite foxtrot tunes here.

Cool Foxtrot 2: Sun. Sept. 27 - Nov. 23, 8 classes, 7-8 pm; (no classes 10/12, Columbus Day;) West Roxbury School of Dance.

West Coast Swing Intermediate (6):
Sun. Sept. 27- Nov. 23, 8 classes, 6-7 pm; (no classes 10/12, Columbus Day;) West Roxbury School of Dance.

Instructor Liz Nania, Director of OUT to Dance. It gets better! ;) Join us for an exciting West Coast Swing Intermediate class, and progress beyond all your expectations! It actually gets easier, the more you know. Discover new tricks, fancier basket steps, awesome combos, and new self-assurance on the dance floor. West Coast Swing is more fun than ever when you know a few flashy tricks and gain more solid confidence. Heat up your Sunday nights and end your weekend on a high note! (Want to join this class but you're feeling rusty? Do one or two private lessons first; call Liz to arrange it.) No partner necessary. (Add a second or third class to your dance night out and save $15 per class!)

Check out some of our students' favorite West Coast Swing tunes here.

WC Swing 6: Sun. Sept. 27 - Nov. 23, 8 classes, 6-8 pm; (no classes 10/12, Columbus Day;) West Roxbury School of Dance.

LGBT Dance Lessons for Beginners: by Liz Nania, director of OUT to Dance. 8-9 pm, first Sat. of every month, October thru June, at Swingtime in Brookline.

No partner needed, just drop in! Take a simple beginner dance lesson, meet some fun new people, then stay for two more hours of great dancing, with all kinds of music, for LGBT, queer folks and friends. Get lots more info here.

Gay-friendly Dance Classes: Join us Monday evenings for Tango, Swing, Ballroom, Salsa, and more, in West Roxbury.

Get all the juicy details on upcoming queer-friendly, LGBT-friendly classes, including wedding dance workshops, here.

Wedding Dance Classes & Creative Slow Dancing Workshops for Couples

See our full listing of wedding dance workshops, classes and private lessons. Join us for fun, convenient 3-class workshops, or our 1 1/2 hr. single class session. Makes a wonderful wedding gift! Or join us to master some basic couple dance techniques with your sweetie.

Join our monthly newsletter list for complete dance class schedules and discounts. (Specify LGBT Classes only, Classes for Everyone, or both.) And like us on Facebook.

What Makes Us Different

Besides incredibly fun, top quality dance classes for beginners and beyond, we're proud to offer some benefits that set us apart from other studios:

Free make-up class if you need to miss a class

Full 60-minute classes, with practice opportunities

Free parking, and T accessible

Super-friendly, comfortable atmosphere; stress-free, no attitudes :)

25+ years experience proudly teaching dance for the LGBT and queer community, (as well as for the rest of the world!)

Very affordable rates

Guaranteed value: learn to dance and love it, or take your class again for free!

OUT to Dance was awarded an "A" rating and Super Service Award from Angie's list (awarded to only 5% of businesses.)

We give back. OUT to Dance loves and values our community, and we are proud to sponsor some very special fundraising events for: Mass. Breast Cancer Coalition, A2 Empowerment, Franklin Park Coalition, the Dyke March, and a few more.

Save $15 Off Additional 8-Week Classes!

If you are going to be taking 2 or more 8-week dance classes in a term, (either LGBT or dance classes for everybody) receive $15.00 off your second (and/or third) class per person (not per couple) by checking the "Apply Second Class Discount" for the ADDITIONAL dance class(es) only! (Workshops excluded.) Plus, if you register for a dance class at least one week in advance, you will automatically receive an additional $10 discount per class!


Register and pay online using your credit card with PayPal, or mail a check payable to OUT to Dance at 6 Quarley Rd., Roslindale, MA, 02131.
Click the "Add to Cart" button above for automated online registration. If you encounter any difficulty, call us at 617-363-0029. No refunds after the first class, but you can transfer to any other class.

Upcoming Classes and News

Sign up for our once-a-month email news and specify either LGBT classes, or both LGBTQ classes and Classes for Everybody.

Also, like us on Facebook for early previews.

We Are Award-Winning!

Liz Nania, director of OUT to Dance, was the recipient of the Lesbian and Gay Achievement Award at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center for outstanding contributions to the health and well-being of the LGBT community outside the medical center. She received this award to honor her many years of groundbreaking work teaching and organizing dance for GLBT individuals.

Also, OUT to Dance got an "A" rating and Super Service Award on Angie's List, only awarded to 5% of businesses!

Gay, Lesbian and Queer Dance Class Students Say:

"I recall my well-meaning sisters scoffing when I said I was too embarrassed to take conventional dance classes. They didn't understand how it feels to be the only gay/ transgendered person in a room, especially in the traditionally gendered atmosphere of dance class. You were Fred or Ginger according to your birth certificate--period. OUT To Dance classes changed all of that for many people for the first time."

Kathleen A. Carbone, Somerville, MA

Dave and I have been participating in dance classes for the past almost 3 years.  It is a real blast and a great way to spend a couple of hours on Sunday night.  We have made really amazing friendships there and the teacher, Liz Nania, is incredible.  It's a completely non-threatening environment and many of the people we have met there will be dear friends for a long time to come.  BTW, much of the music we learn to dance to are pieces heard in clubs today!  Yep, the sound may be different, but the beat is there.  It won't be long 'til we're featured on Dancing With The Stars!  Right!!

Paul Weeks, Hudson, NH

“John and I have become totally addicted to these classes. It's a really fun date night out for us, and as a bonus, we've made some new friends. Who knew?"
John and Justin from the North Shore, MA

"I drive from Worcester to West Roxbury for these awesome classes, and my friend drives from New Hampshire. That says a lot about what a great time we have!"

Sherry P. from Worcester, MA

“We felt totally comfortable dancing as partners in a dance class full of other same-sex dancers; what a relief. Plus, we made several new friends. What a blast!”
Denise and Pat from Cambridge, MA

We were afraid the song we picked would be hard for us with four left feet. But, all it took was one lesson from you and our wedding dance was awesome. You helped calm our nerves by teaching us the basics like
leading and following (who knew that two leads is one too many!). On the Big Day we remembered your instructions and we looked elegant. We even slipped in the twirls you taught us and people cheered! Thank you, Liz!
Stephanie Higgins
Director of "The Gay Marriage Thing"
Belmont, MA

Check out more of our current reviews.

Latin Dance Immersion: Salsa and More- near Puerto Vallarta with Liz, coming in Winter 2016-2017

Imagine the best vacation of your life: Latin dancing, art and cultural excursions in Mexico! Immerse yourself in the joys of Latin dancing at one of the most beautiful and arts-oriented locales in Latin America, Casa de los Artistas. Expect a sunny mid-70s to low 80s climate while dancing in the Casa open air studio overlooking the ocean, river and village. Dates and details to be posted later this year.

When joining our LGBT and queer dance classes or private lessons, note that our OUT to Dance studio locations in West Roxbury and Roslindale are within twenty minutes of downtown Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Brighton, Allston, Brookline, Newton, Chestnut Hill, Dedham, Norwood, Needham, Westwood, Milton and Quincy; and within 25 to 35 minutes of Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Wellesley, Natick, Waltham, Braintree, Brockton, Stoughton, Canton, Foxboro, Weymouth and surrounding towns. We are also less than an hour from Providence, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Central Mass.




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