The Guide to IAGSDC Convention Chapters 7-9
What really happens at Convention?
The idea of spending four days square dancing doesn't sound terribly exciting at first. However, the same thing could be said for other LGBT community events, such as choral conferences, leather conventions, or imperial courts, all of which are similarly popular and entertaining.
Like those events, there are many different types of activities at any given IAGSDC® Convention. Some examples:
- Special "challenging" dance tips (these are labeled "WFH" or "TNP")
- Hexagon squares (Six couples dancing per square.)
- Gay Callers Association Caller School (Usually held just before Convention.)
- Progressive squares
- "Variety" dance tips
- Honky Tonk Queen contest (More on this – some would say, "regretfully" – later on.)
- Dance workshops
- Vendor booths
- Women's hospitality lounge
- Moonshine tips (Nude square dancing.) (Yes, really.) (We'll talk more about this later on, honest.)
- Bar tours
- Pre- and post-convention tours
- Nightly cabarets (sometimes with "open mike" nights)
Mostly, Convention is about meeting old and new friends, and dancing with them, and realizing that you're part of a global community of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender dancers ... and their friends and family.