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Sundance Saloon is a project of the nonprofit
Sundance Association for Country-Western Dancing.
Sundance @ The Castro Street Fair Sunday, October 1 • 11 am – 6 pm
Parking lot behind the Castro Theater, San Francisco
Country-western dancing returns to the Castro Street Fair for one the highlights of our year! Dance all afternoon on our own portable dance floor, proudly custom-built by Sundance Association volunteers! We're delighted to be back at our favorite location in the parking lot behind the Castro Theater!
We’re planning some quick beginning lessons throughout the afternoon ... and come help us teach the Barn Dance at 4 pm. We'll have our boot-check available so you can check your bags, clothes, or street shoes while you dance. (We need volunteers to build our dance floor, staff the boot-check, plus many other tasks throughout the day.)
And after the Fair, come on down to Sundance Saloon for a regular night of lessons and dancing ... and cool off at our annual after-the-fair Ice Cream Night, and it's our October Birthday Dance night too!
Sundance Saloon Ice Cream Social Sunday, October 1 • 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Our annual tradition returns to Sundance Saloon! After the Castro Street Fair on Sunday, come on down to Sundance Saloon and cool off with a nice helping of free ice cream from Mitchell's, starting at Sundance Saloon at 7:00 pm! Yes, we're open with our usual hours, 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm!
And, as it's the first Sunday of the month, we'll also have our October birthday dance at 8:30 pm. We'll see you there!
Intermediate West Coast Swing Thursday, October 5 • 6:45-7:30 pm
Guest instructor Brian Weathers (Atlanta) will lead a special Intermediate West Coast Swing workshop at Sundance Saloon! This is a drop-in class, with no additional fee and no advance registration. We ask that you please be on time to take the class. Our doors open at 6:30 pm, and we'll be playing warm-up West Coast Swing music from opening to class time.
IMPORTANT: You should already be completely comfortable with basic West Coast Swing patterns, including push-break, underarm turns, side passes, tucks, and whips.
Marianne's Birthday: FREE ADMISSION!
Sunday, October 8
Marianne Bertuccelli is celebrating her birthday at Sundance Saloon on October 8, and you are invited! Marianne bought out the house on this day, so everyone's admission is free on this night. We'll have a normal night of lessons and dancing ... and more cupcakes!
Line Dance Pro Sundays (except 1st Sun of month) • 5:00-6:30 pm
Can't get enough line dancing? Line Dance Pro is an opportunity to increase your line dance abilities and challenge yourself with new line dances not included in our regular Sundance Saloon repertoire.
Our Line Dance Pro sessions run every Sunday in the Back Room of Sundance Saloon (except the first Sunday of the month)! Usually includes lessons starting at 5:15 pm. The last Sunday of the month features a line dance marathon with no lessons. Check the Sundance Saloon instruction calendar for the schedule.
Sundance Stompede November 9–12, 2023
Register now! • Volunteer now!
The Sundance Stompede, our huge four-day LGBT+ country-western dance weekend, features four nights of incredible dance parties, three days of equally amazing dance workshops, and much more, attracting hundreds of folks from all over North America and beyond. This will truly be an event not to be missed, especially since this will be the final Stompede.
Stompede Documentary Crowdfunding Appeal - We Need Your Help!
Help this film about the Sundance Stompede come to fruition!
Graham Clayton-Chance, an internationally-known award-winning gay filmmaker from the United Kingdom with a special interest in the arts and dance, intends to create a documentary of the last Stompede. He discovered the Stompede during a trip to San Francisco in 2017, and found it to be "the most magical thing I’d ever seen." He expects this work will be shown at film festivals and other venues internationally.
Graham is creating this documentary as a gift and not for profit, with in-kind support by production company xFilm. However, funds are still needed for basic expenses including equipment, production, editing, travel and distribution. The crew is looking to raise £10,000 (US$12,500), hoping for half of the funds to be raised in the U.K., and half in the U.S. You can help by making a donation of £20 (US$25) or more to make this film a reality!
(£100 = US$125)
Sundance Saloon Volunteers Needed
Please help us! Sundance Saloon is a community effort, dependent on lots of people chipping in a little bit. We are always looking for more help, and this has never been more true. We are currently signing up volunteers for Sundays through December, and we have LOTS of shifts remaining to be filled. We also have some need for volunteers on Thursdays. If you have not volunteered in the past, this is a great time to think about stepping in. And we need volunteers at the Castro Street Fair, October 1.
Our needs at Sundance Saloon include set-up, front door, and coat-check. Shifts are generally one hour. No experience necessary.
As an all-volunteer, member- and community-supported organization, the Sundance Association depends on your support to keep thriving. The pandemic put an extra burden on our finances, and our needs are never-ending. There are many ways to help us, and not all of them involve monetary contributions:
Become a member of the Sundance Association by pledging an annual tax-deductible donation.
Come on down! Support us just by showing up.
Introduce someone new to Sundance Saloon.
Use our coat-check on Sundays.
Put a dollar or two in one of our tip jars.
See if your company offers matching donations or grants for volunteer time served.