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Insider BAllroom

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ID: Holly and Michael pose back-to-back, holding imaginary dance partners. Image by Michelle Schapiro

Holly (they/them) and Michael (he/they) are interdisciplinary artists--dancers, storytellers, & organizers. Their show INSIDER BALLROOM blends professional ballroom dancing with personal queer perspectives on American Dancesport: an activity as spectacularly heteronormative as it is heteronormatively spectacular. Having navigated franchised ballroom dance studio systems & practices, Holly and Michael are developing a performance & pedagogy practice that seeks an alternative to the established models, centering queerness, care, and the linage of American social dance forms.


In addition to the performance of INSIDER BALLROOM (run time: 35 minutes), Holly and Michael offer gender-expansive partner dance classes, as well as facilitated social dance parties.

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This work is made possible, in part, thanks to support from the New England Dance Fund of New England Foundation for the Arts, and through fiscal sponsorship by Boston Dance Alliance. 

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Upcoming Events

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ID: Holly and Michael stand side-by-side, arms outstretched, striking a pose. Text reads: The Dance Complex, Friday Night Lights Series, Gender Expansive Ballroom Social, Nov. 17, 6:30-8:30 p, 536 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA,, Image by Michelle Schapiro

ID: Michael and Holly counterbalance one another in an elongated pose. Image by Michelle Schapiro

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