Gay / Lesbian / Queer (LGBT) Dance Classes
Latin, Swing and Ballroom 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 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 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 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.)
Current LGBT and Queer Dance Classes & Events:
- LGBTQ dance classes: Join us for Swing and Salsa. See below.
- Queer-friendly Beginner Dance Classes
for Everyone on Mondays: Salsa, Ballroom, Swing,
Two-Step, Wedding Prep, and more: Details here.
- Wedding Dance Classes and workshops info here.
- Dance Class Gifts: purchase a dance class as a gift and get our earlybird discount.
- Beginner's LGBTQ dance lessons at Swingtime LGBT dances. Click here (or see sidebar to right) for details.
- Read our primer on LGBT 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:
Hot Salsa (with a little Merengue): Sun. Sept. 23-Nov. 18, 6 pm, 8 classes. (No class Oct. 7.) West Roxbury School of Dance.
Instructor Liz Nania, Director of OUT to Dance. You'll love learning the hottest dances worldwide: salsa is a beautiful, sexy and elegant dance, and merengue is incredibly simple, upbeat and intuitive. If you don't already know and love salsa music, you will; and merengue can be danced to almost any club or dance party music, and of course, merengue music! There's nothing more exhilarating than learning and mastering enough well-executed salsa and merengue moves to dance with confidence at any party, social event or salsa club. Experience the joy of Latin dancing and find out how fun it really is. Absolutely no dance experience or partner necessary. But those who know a little salsa or merengue will also gain plenty of new skills.
No partner necessary. Treat yourself to some big fun, with a bonus of learning a lifetime skill. Join us!
(Add a second or third class to your dance night out and save $15 per class.)
If you need to miss any classes, you're entitled to one free drop-in class at any of our classes at your level. And no worries, we'll review every week in class. Our classes are well known for their friendly vibe and comfortable atmosphere.
“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 Swing: Sun. Sept. 23-Nov. 18, 7 pm, 8 classes. (No class Oct. 7.) West Roxbury School of Dance.
Instructor Liz Nania, Director of OUT to Dance. Ready for one of the most exhilarating and fun dance experiences ever? Join us for Hot Swing. Also known as lindy or east coast swing, swing dancing is one of the easiest to learn, so you'll progress surprisingly quickly into the fancy and flashy stuff. Swing is danced to a wide variety of music, and besides parties, clubs and weddings, there are so many places to swing dance, (including Swingtime, the LGBT dance venue.) You'll build your dancing confidence and the hour will fly by. Swing is the happiest dance around; I dare you to try and worry while swinging! No partner necessary.
Our classes are known for their friendly vibe and comfortable atmosphere. (Add a second or third dance class to your dance night out and save $15. An hour of classes pretty much flies by.) Join the fun!
(Go here for a taste of some of our students' favorite swing dance music.)
"These dance classes have changed my life." Christine P., Jamaica Plain, MA
Cool Rhumba: Registration closed.
Sun. Sept. 23-Nov. 18, 8 pm, 8 classes. (No class Oct. 7.) West Roxbury School of Dance.
Instructor Liz Nania, Director of OUT to Dance. Immerse yourself in the most elegant, hot and cool Latin ballroom dance. (Rhumba is cha cha's smooth, sophisticated cousin.) You won't believe how many contemporary pop and Latin tunes are actually rhumbas, so you'll definitely use this dance often. This sexy and suave dance with Cuban origins is overflowing with spins, wraps, and heat. Rhumba will get you looking and feeling great on the dance floor, and if you're new to it, it's a great way to fall in love with dancing. Join us! No experience or partner necessary. (This class is appropriate for novices with no experience, and also dancers who know a little rumba but want much more.)
(Note: this is a social style rumba, not the performance style known as International.)
If you need to miss any classes, you're entitled to one free drop-in class at any of our classes at your level. And no worries, we'll review every week in class.
"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
LGBT Drop-in Dance Lessons: by Liz Nania, director of OUT to Dance. 8-9 pm, November 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; there's all kinds of music by a DJ or a live band, for LGBTQ/queer folks. Get lots more info here.
Queer-friendly Dance Classes: Join us Monday evenings for Salsa, Swing, Ballroom, Wedding Dance, Tango and more, in West Roxbury:
Get all the juicy details on upcoming queer-friendly, gay-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 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.)
OUT to Dance director Liz Nania was recently 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 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 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,
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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,
"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!"
Director of "The Gay Marriage Thing"
"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
Check out more of our current reviews.
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.