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Swinging Your Partner at Temple Squares

Salt Lake City’s only gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender square dancing club is well-known locally and throughout the U.S. for its challenging classes, its strong competitive edge at national meets and its spectacular “fly-ins” — weekend square dancing events that invite participants from all over the country to “fly in” for a dance.

And this June, the club is inviting beginners in for a “taste” of the action.

On June 12, Temple Squares is inviting dancers of all sexual orientations, gender identities and skill levels to give Modern Western Square Dancing a try at the Columbus Center, 2498 South 500 E., from 7–9 p.m. This form isn’t the type of old fashioned dancing that is usually associated with the term square dancing. Rather, participants will find themselves stepping to the music of contemporary singers, and more styles of music than Country Western. It isn’t unusual, for example, for dancers to move to the vibes of salsa, bluegrass or pop music.

Dancers are also not tied to gender roles when on the floor. The evening will allow people of all gender identities and sexual orientations to dance in “boy” and “girl” positions. Singles, couples and groups of friends are also welcome.

Casual clothing is recommended and the event is alcohol-free. There is no charge for attending.

For more information visit slcsquaredancing.org.

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