One Weekend, Four Dance Parties: The Annual Sundance Stompede
Well, summer is most definitely over in San Francisco, and autumn is here to remind us that time moves forward in an unbreakable stream. It can be hard to retain the inner fire that comes along with longer days and warmer nights as we watch the flowers fade and the deciduous trees change color. Now we begin to search for ways to stay warm, to keep the light alive, and to keep the desolation so present in winter at bay. If you’re like me, than one of the best ways to stave off inner darkness is by moving your body. And there are few better ways to do this than through dancing!
The joyful folks who organize The Sundance Stompede every year know this well, which is why they work so hard to put on this wonderful event that gets people out, tapping their toes, and celebrating the power of love in all its marvelous forms.
Sundance Stompede is a beautiful fusion of the country-western dance scene with the LGBTQ+ community, giving a chance for cowpokes of all sorts to gather together under one roof and dance with whoever they want to music that is built to make your toes tap and your spirit jiggle. While the LGBTQ+ community is certainly at the forefront of the Sundance Stompede, they are also a fully welcoming community, with open arms for anyone and everyone, no matter who you love, now matter how you love. What matters at the Stompede is the connection, the community, and the joy that can be taken from stomping and spinning together.
The Sundance Stompede is smart in that it knows well how its offerings can’t be contained in just one night. This is why the Stompede features four separate evenings of dancing fun, from October 31st until November 3rd. Come to one event, come to them all, it doesn’t matter as long as you arrive with your dancing shoes – or a pair of cowboy boots will do just fine.
Learn to two-step, swing, line dance, waltz at the various workshops, watch performers show off their intricate dance moves, and share in the feeling of belonging to something larger than yourself, even if just for a night.