Emerald City Hoedown 2024 @ Renaissance Hotel

Hoedown throwdown 🤠

📸: Rain Country Dance Association

📆 Thursday, April 4th – Sunday, April 7th
🎟 Tickets start at $15
📍 Renaissance Seattle Hotel: 515 Madison St, Seattle

Country music can get a bad rap, but the genre has LGBTQIA+ roots stretching back to its start. Musicians like the Sweet Violet Boys paved the way for the Lil Nas of today. And, of course, there are Black people’s contributions to the genre from long ago—Leslie Riddle and Rufus “Teapot” Payne, who influenced some of the country’s greatest artists, like the Carter Family and Hank Williams. Shoutout to Beyoncé for bringing things full circle with Cowboy Carter. And speaking of full circle, if you’re looking for an inclusive spot to turn circles in a two-step or try the new sailing line dance, head to the Renaissance for the 15th annual Emerald City Hoedown.

Held on April 4th-7th by the Rain Country Dance Association, a member of the International Association of Gay/Lesbian Country Western Dance Clubs, the Hoedown includes four days of dancing, plus 35 workshops on topics like line dances, two-step, and bachata. There are also numerous mixers like a women’s social, men’s social, and trans/NB social, along with after hours parties almost every night. The Hoedown works to be an inclusive space, with self-identified participation at all events, workshops on dance accessibility, and work-trade, where you can volunteer in exchange for discounts on admission. If you don’t have time to trade, organizers say that no one will get turned away for lack of funds. 

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Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.