Embodiment of gender in partner dance: An interactive workshop at Queer U 2016

In today’s social dance world we can choose our partners freely based on our mutual preferences and tastes.  An attitude of self-respect and respect for differences can go a long way in helping us to feel comfortable in our own skin and to create a positive experience for our current and future dance partners. In this workshop, participants adopt a positive attitude of self-respect by learning to communicate their ideas with intention and clarity, practicing the art of suggestion and accompaniment, inventing stylistic interpretations of partnered movement in keeping with their own gender identity, and experimenting with new means of projecting static gender or allowing for gender fluidity.

Bio – Max Kepler founded Queer Seattle Tango in 2010 to provide a welcoming space for learning and dancing tango for GLBTQ-identified individuals and couples, anyone who enjoys dancing with same-sex partners, people everywhere on the gender spectrum, and everyone who appreciates the opportunity to dance outside narrowly defined traditional gender roles. She is also an avid dancer of lindy hop and balboa and has been teaching open role swing classes since 2007.  Maxteaches from a feminist perspective and for an inclusive audience.  All of her Seattle-based classes are wheelchair-accessible.  She holds a master’s degree in cognitive neuroscience and considers herself gender-fluid.


* No prerequisites – absolute beginners to dance welcome

* People of all genders welcome

* No partner needed – all present will have the opportunity to move and learn with different people throughout the workshop

Sponsored and co-organized by the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, and co-organized by the GRSJ Graduate Studies Association (GRSJ GSA)