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Spring Stomp Instructors
Alan Gaskell helped pioneer country dancing in the Boston area. Alan won the NYC GayGames country dance competition in 1994; won several national Div 1 United Country Western Dance Council (UCWDC) dance competitions, and currently continues to compete with students in the UCWDC. Alan teaches at our Dirty Water Saloon dances, Longfellow Club, and other locations in the local Boston area. He is known for his elegant styling and smooth technique.
Jen Collins has won multiple awards for both line and partner dancing (she’s quick to point out they were the fun “Just Dance” and competitions at the IAGLCWDG conferences). She teaches occasionally for us at our Queer Country Socials and Stomp (impressive, since she lives so far away from us). She has taught at the (sadly defunct) Q Valley dance in Northampton. Jen and her wife, our Saturday night DJ Ruth Ewing, co-ran Stomp for a number of years. Jen attends many varied dance conferences and loves to dance; please ask her for a spin on the floor.
Conrad Farnham has choreographed more than 50 dances which are featured on the world line dancing network, Copperknob. Conrad teaches line dancing to all ages ranging from 5 to 95 at venues across New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts as well as venues that request line dancing instruction during his time as the Band/Tour Manager for one of the top country bands in New England, The Shana Stack Band. Conrad and his Copperhead Line Dancers won the 1st Annual Halloween Line Dance Video Contest 2017 presented by Skyler Spencer Entertainment, Nashville, TN. Conrad is available for corporate, private, and group events, and school function lessons.
Beth competes regularly and has many awards. She has taught with our group for years now. She loves East Coast Swing (and many other genres). Her style and technique is impeccable. She will get you on the dance floor with the basics and you’ll learn to love East Coast as much as she loves it.
Art Sullivan is a veteran of the country-western dance scene here in the Boston area and one of the founding members of Gays for Patsy almost 30 years ago. A regular instructor at our Queer Country Social dances, his passion is working with an aging population and people with Parkinson’s Disease (he was recently part of a Parkinson’s documentary.
Bucky Chappell has DJed at many LGBTQ+ country dances both in Boston and beyond. He has served as DJ for IAGLCWDC conferences and for a LGBTQ+ country dance cruise. Bucky has given years to Gays for Patsy as a dancer, a DJ, a teacher, and sometimes president. He is known for his eclectic style which combines country, pop, and many songs you’d never even think to dance to! Ask Bucky how many songs he has prepared just for the line dance originally choreographed to Mmm Bop to get a sense of his range as DJ and dancer.
Bob Sweeney has been DJing since 2014 at Gays for Patsy’s venues (Stomp, Dirty Water Saloon, Queer Country Social) and a few private gigs for friends and charities. He enjoys finding fun music that pulls from the contemporary country, R&B, indie country, rock, pop music, Euro-pop, electro swing, and many more. He started teaching basic line and two-step lessons to help out when other instructors were unavailable or when he procrastinated scheduling someone (more the latter).