Dance Teams and Other Performers

Updated October 11, 2016

GLBTQ hoedowns have a long tradition of featuring dance team exhibitions during the evening dances, ranging from the early days of the San Francisco Saddletramps to modern show stoppers like the Manhattan Prairie Dogs.  Hoedowns also sometimes see solo and single couple exhibitions, country singers, and more.

Would you like to perform at the Emerald City Hoedown this year?  Here are some of the things your need to plan for:

  • Each dance team or other dance performance is limited to a single exhibition slot of about 5 minutes, per night.  (We are happy to have you perform both Friday and Saturday nights, if you have multiple routines.)
  • Singers are limited to a two-song block per evening, during which open dancing will occur.  Please ensure that your songs are both country and suitable for dancing — we will be happy to let you know if a given song is good for dancing, or to select songs from a list you send us.
  • Bring copies of your music on CD or a mobile phone/music player.  (Put a copy on a download location we can access if needed, too — Dropbox, for example.)
  • All entertainers must be registered for at least the evening dance they will perform at.  If your group will be coming to perform but won't be staying later, we can make special regisrtation arrangements for that.
  • We do not have a designted dressing room for entertainers.  Public bathrooms are available, or the hospitality suite can serve as a dressing room space for you, but it is on a different floor of the hotel; make arrangements in advance if this will be needed.
  • There will be a short practice slot available in the main ballroom between the end of workshops and the beginning of the evening dance.  There may be hoedown staff and such present in the room during your practice slot, but the general public won’t be present.
  • We will assign an approximate performance time by noon the day you perform (probably before).  Please be ready at least 15 minutes prior to your assigned time.
  • All props (including anything thrown) must be removed from the dance floor at the end of the routine.  No glitter or confetti, please.

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