IAGSDC Timeline

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Undated

1980

1981

1982

  • March 5, 1982: Five dancers run Western Star Dancers' first drop-in square-dance evening in the second-floor rehearsal space above American Conservatory Theatre on Geary Street in San Francisco, CA.
  • November 12-14, 1982: Charlie's (Country & Western Bar) in Denver, CO hosts the "First National Gay Square Dance Exhibition". Seven gay clubs throughout the country were invited to attend a weekend of square dancing and workshops. Only five out-of-town dancers show up, all from San Francisco (Alan Hall, Paul Zimmerman, Jack Kendrick, Russ King, and Scott Carey). This constituted the first "fly-in" although that terminology had not yet come into play. Dave "Happy" New Year called the weekend.

1983

  • May 1, 1983: Art Smith is awarded the Golden Boot Award for his outstanding contribution to gay square dancing by having started the first gay square dance club in Seattle and the gay square dance movement in the Northwest.
  • June 4, 1983: Mile High Squares square dance at the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo as part of the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association.
  • August, 1983: At the Reno Gay Rodeo, discussions are held about forming a national association specifically for gay square dance clubs.

1984

  • April 6-8, 1984: All Join Hands - The First Gay Square Dance Convention - held at the Madison Hotel in Seattle, WA.

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

May 17, 1993: Lismore Scooters started in East Ballina, Australia.

1994

May ??, 1994: Garden St8s started in Somerset, NJ.

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007


2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

  • Feb 16-18: ACDC - to be held at Hotel Palomar, Washington, DC
  • Jul 5-7, 2018: Circle Back to Seattle - to be held at Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA
  • Sep 21-23, 2018: West Coast A&C - to be held in Phoenix, AZ

2019

  • Jul 4-7, 2019: Belles Run - to be held at Sheraton Downtown in Philadelphia, PA

2020

  • Jul 2-5, 2020: IAGSDC Convention to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, CO
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