'It’s Time for Another Tea Dance' Hosts Monthly LGBTQ Gatherings

This local group is bringing back the tea dance tradition

click to enlarge A photo from June's Tea Dance at the Rosedale OTR - Photo: facebook.com/teadancecinci
Photo: facebook.com/teadancecinci
A photo from June's Tea Dance at the Rosedale OTR

The group It’s Time for Another Tea Dance hosts a Sunday afternoon dance spectacular at The Phoenix to celebrate and strengthen the local LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Held in the top-floor ballroom, the event features music from DJ Thaddeus and tasty cocktails.

Afternoon Tea Dances became an important part of LGBTQ+ culture in the 1950s and ’60s, when gay and lesbian couples weren’t allowed to dance together (or sometimes even purchase alcohol at drinking establishments), so they embraced the classic Victorian-style afternoon dance and tea party. The dances continued to be popular into the 1980s until they no longer seemed necessary, but It’s Time for Another Tea Dance is a local effort to bring this tradition of dance-filled Sunday afternoons back.

4-7 p.m. Free admission. The Phoenix, 812 Race St., Downtown, facebook.com/teadancecinci

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