About the Hoedown

Updated January 14, 2013.

 About the Emerald City Hoedown

2013 marks the 6th annual Emerald City Hoedown.  From our earliest days, the Rain Country Dance Association had creating a hoedown weekend as one of our primary goals, inspired by the IAGLCWDC hoedowns and Sundance Stompede.  Starting out modestly in 2008 with one day of dance workshops split between the Cuff Complex and the Century Ballroom, plus evening dances at the Cuff Complex and the Polish Hall, and about 50 registered attendees, the Emerald City Hoedown has grown each year, to now be an entirely hotel-based event drawing instructors and attendees from around the Northwest and across the country.

This year, we are pleased to be the host for the 20th annual IAGLCWDC convention and dance competition — the first member club to completely host an IAGLCWDC annual convention in seven years!  This year’s event will be almost triple the size of the 5th annual Emerald City Hoedown, and we will feature plenty of top-notch dancing and instructors from all across North America, and beyond, plus a great sense of Seattle itself!

 About Rain Country Dance Association

Founded in 2005, the Rain Country Dance Association was created to ensure that Seattle and the Pacific Northwest continued to have a strong and growing GLBTQ country-western dance scene, a scene owned and shepherded by the dance community itself.  In the intervening years, we have hosted five annual hoedown weekends, established two strong dance nights are our host bar, the Cuff Complex, and trained a half-dozen superb instructors and a parallel number of DJs, plus seen the level of dance skill in our community climb dramatically.

The Rain Country Dance Association forms the hub of strong, self-sustaining country-western dance community for the GLBTQ community in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

For more about the Rain Country Dance Association, visit our website.

 About the IAGLCWDC

The International Association of Gay/Lesbian Country Western Dance Clubs was founded in 1994 in Louisville, Kentucky by the representatives of eight GLBTQ country-western dance clubs, focused on networking between and supporting the growth of the GLBTQ country-western dance scene and clubs.  The IAGLCWDC has included over 50 members clubs from five countries on three continents, with over 35 annual and semi-annual conventions and a dozen dance competitions over the course of the past 20 years.

The IAGLCWDC is a 501(c)3 non-profit and is a partner organization in GLISA (host of the World OutGames) and NASSPDA (North American Same Sex Partner Dance Association).

For more about the IAGLCWDC, visit their website.

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Got Questions?  E-mail hoedown@raincountrydance.org