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Sign up now for classes and private lessons starting September 2022.

Just email us to get info on private lessons and September classes. Our next group dance classes and private lessons begin Sept. 2022.

Gay / Lesbian / Queer (LGBTQ) Dance Classes

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

"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/ transgender 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 from Somerville, MA

Check out our incredibly fun and friendly LGBTQ 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 LGBT community!

To see what other lesbian, gay, transgender and queer folks have said about our warm and welcoming LGBTQ 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 fewer than 5% of businesses.)

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

LGBTQ Dance Classes: Good Queer Fun!

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

LGBTQ Classes: Fall 2022

Queer Two Step, Advanced Beginner/Intermediate: In-person & Online (via Zoom.) 6-7 pm, 7 classes. Starts Sundays late September, (date TBA) (No classes Oct. 9, Indigenous Peoples Day Weekend.) West Roxbury School of Dance. In-person class limited to the first 16 to sign up as dance couples, (8 pairs.) $139 per person with earlybird discount over a week before class starts; $149 regular registration.

Instructor Liz Nania, Director of OUT to Dance. Mix the wildness of swing with the smooth flying feel of foxtrot, pour it all into the percolating contemporary and classic pop sounds of country music, and you're two steppin'! you know it's inspired a passionate following in the LGBTQ community from Austin to Boston.  Get ready to travel smoothly around the dance floor and spin, or be spun! You must be comfortable with the all basics of country two step. Then we'll add way more fun and fancy stuff, like the Whip, Wraps, and so much more!

COVID safety: this class is limited to 16 people (8 dance pairs;) everyone will need to show proof of vaccination; N95 or KN95 masks will be properly worn (no cloth or surgical masks). Our current COVID protocol may change by September if reports indicate we can loosen up. As of now, (July 2022), we may not change partners in class, but we hope we can this fall; for now, for in-person classes you'll need to bring someone to dance with. Thank you for understanding!

(Use the same "Add to Cart" buttons for both Zoom and in-person registration, and specify which option you prefer.)

If you need to miss any classes, no worries, we'll review every week in class. Join the fun!

“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

Hot Queer Swing, Advanced Beginner/ Intermediate (3); in-person and online via Zoom. Starts Sundays late September, (date TBA), 7 classes, 7-8 pm. (No classes Oct. 9, Indigenous Peoples Day Weekend.) West Roxbury School of Dance, or on Zoom. In-person class limited to the first 16 to sign up as dance couples, (8 pairs.) $139 per person with earlybird discount; $149 regular registration.

Instructor Liz Nania, Director of OUT to Dance.

You'll love learning more swing (also known as lindy or lindy hop), the dance that's rocking dance floors everywhere. Learn more secrets to smooth leading and following, and discover even cooler spins. Swing is the happiest dance around; just try and worry while swinging! You'll need to be comfortable with the all the basics of swing; then we'll add even more fun and fancy moves!

COVID safety: this class is limited to 16 people (8 dance pairs;) everyone will need to show proof of vaccination; N95 or KN95 masks will be properly worn (no cloth or surgical masks). Our current COVID protocol may change by September if reports indicate we can loosen up. As of now, (July 2022), we may not change partners in class, but we hope we can this fall; for now, for in-person classes you'll need to bring someone to dance with. Thank you for understanding!

(Use the same "Add to Cart" buttons for both Zoom and in-person registration, and specify which option you prefer.)

If you need to miss any classes, no worries, we'll review every week in class. Join the fun!

The Dynamic Duo: Cha Cha and Rumba 1: In person, or online via Zoom, 8-9 pm, 7 classes. Starts Sundays late September, (date TBA). (No classes Oct. 9, Indigenous Peoples Day Weekend.) West Roxbury School of Dance. In-person class limited to the first 16 to sign up as dance couples (8 pairs). $139 per person with earlybird discount over a week before class starts; $149 regular registration.

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'll 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 some basics,) you'll learn a lot of exciting moves in this fun class. So many of the 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. (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 exhilarating class won't be offered again soon, so take the plunge and treat yourself to an unforgettable series of Sundays. Absolutely no experience necessary! ((If you know some basics you can still polish up and learn some new tricks.) It's surprisingly easy, very 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!

COVID safety: this class is limited to 16 people (8 dance pairs;) everyone will need to show proof of vaccination; N95 or KN95 masks will be properly worn (no cloth or surgical masks). Our current COVID protocol may change by September if reports indicate we can loosen up. As of now, (July 2022), we may not change partners in class, but we hope we can this fall; for now, for in-person classes you'll need to bring someone to dance with. Thank you for understanding!

If you need to miss any classes, no worries, we'll review every week in class. Join the fun!

Private Lessons: In-person or Online with Zoom: Monday and Wednesday eves; (more nights may be added, ) at our private Roslindale studio.

Instructor Liz Nania, Director of OUT to Dance. On Monday and Tuesday evenings (more eves to come) we offer private dance lessons for two people, or for small groups of four to ten people. Discounts offered for multiple lessons. Bring your friends, your family, or anyone you want to have lots of fun with! Check out rates and info here. In-person students must be fully vaccinated with booster shots, and wear N95 or KN95 masks. Otherwise, book a Zoom lesson and learn from home!

"We're enjoying the class and the spirit of camaraderie and positive energy it radiates." Rolando M., Cambridge, MA  

"Not only did I get better at swing dancing, I got better at dancing in general! Liz built up my confidence in moving my body to music such that I felt more comfortable no matter the style of dance." Mike S., Boston, MA

"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

 

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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 the rest of the world!)

Very affordable rates

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

OUT to Dance director Liz Nania was honored in a ceremony by Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh for 20 years of "service to the community in promoting tolerance and diversity through this inclusive dance program."

OUT to Dance was also honored with a citation by the Massachusetts House of Representatives for "20 years of providing excellence and inclusion in dance instruction in Greater Boston and beyond."

Save $15 Off Additional Group Classes!

If you are going to be taking 2 or more 7- or 8-week dance classes in a term, (either LGBT or dance classes for everybody) receive $15 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.

Registration:

Register and pay online using your credit card, 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.

We Are Award-Winning!

Former Mayor Marty Walsh honored Liz Nania at an event held in Adams Park in Boston. Mayor Walsh recognized Ms. Nania's celebration of 20 years as founder and director of OUT to Dance, citing her "service to the community in promoting tolerance and diversity through this inclusive dance program. On behalf of the City of Boston, thank you for making our neighborhoods and the world a better place."

OUT to Dance was also recently honored with a citation by the Massachusetts House of Representatives for "20 years of providing excellence and inclusion in dance instruction in Greater Boston and beyond."

Also, 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 LGBTQ community outside the medical center. She received this award to honor her many years of groundbreaking work teaching and organizing dance for LGBT individuals.

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

Dance Class Gifts:

There's nothing more fun or easy than giving the gift of dance. Get a colorful gift certificate for a dance class, wedding workshop, or private lessons. We'll mail or email it right away. Call us at 617-363-0029, 10-8 pm, or email us. It's a much-loved gift. Shop locally in our LGBTQ community!

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Reviews: Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans 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., 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, 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"
www.TheGayMarriageThing.com
Belmont, MA

"What can we say – Liz made all of our wedding dance dreams come true!  We took salsa lessons with Liz several years ago and had a blast, so when it came time to think about our wedding dance, we knew just where to turn.  We couldn't have been more right.  As always, Liz was helpful, supportive, and so fun to work with! 

We were nervous about our dance, and wanted to show off our skills to our friends. From the first lesson, Liz helped us dance with ease, and encouraged us to just enjoy the dancing – not plan it or choreograph it, but to be sure the dance felt like us.  Those few weeks leading up to the wedding were stressful with other planning details, but going to dance lessons with Liz was truly the joy of those weeks, getting to spend time together, laughing, dancing and enjoying it all. 

When it came time for our wedding dance it was a piece of cake!  We were able to incorporate all of the steps she had taught us, had the confidence to keep our heads up and enjoy the moments, and really tune-in to one another.  It's now one of our favorite parts of both the planning and of our actual wedding day.

We continue to get comments about how great our dance was – what a self-esteem booster! People even sent us videos of our dance, which we were so grateful to have (we didn't hire a videographer). We watch them over and over, it brings us right back there.  We looked pretty good! :) Thanks Liz for making our first dance truly the best, and for helping us have the most fun and loving preparation.  We can't thank you enough!" Julie & Laura, Somerville, MA

"Liz is the best teacher I've ever had; not just in dancing, but in anything." Kevin M., Newton, MA

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When joining our LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) and queer dance classes, 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, Roxbury, 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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