January's Tea Dance Brings DJs and Dancing to Over-the-Rhine's Holiday Spirits

An LGBTQ tradition from the 1940s and ’50s, Tea Dances historically functioned as a way for same-sex couples to openly and safely be together

click to enlarge Holiday Spirits - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Holiday Spirits

This is Tea Dance Cincinnati. People cross through crowds to greet old and new friends alike as others pose for photos, embrace one another and, of course, dance. Music resounds through the space as rainbow-colored flags, shirts and decor spark the scene.

An LGBTQ tradition from the 1940s and ’50s, these events historically functioned as a way for same-sex couples to openly and safely be together. With the intention of creating a gathering spot for the local LGBTQ community on a regular basis, Richard Cooke and husband Marty Wagner first resurrected the tradition in 2017 to great success.

The monthly event — held at various venues throughout Greater Cincinnati — will throw its first bash of 2020 at Holiday Spirits. Groove to the tunes of DJ Thaddeus, sip a few cocktails (or mocktails) and party all afternoon. What better way to wipe away the post-holiday blues?

4-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. Free admission. Holiday Spirits, 1538 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/teadancecinci.

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