2019 Hoedown Announcement

Updated September 5, 2018

Return to the Emerald City!

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 IAGLCWDC convention hoedown will be held in Seattle, Washington over Memorial Day Weekend, hosted by Rain Country Dance Association.

This will be the 26th annual IAGLCWDC convention hoedown.  It will be combined with Rain Country’s 12th annual Emerald City Hoedown.  Rain Country previously hosted the 20th annual IAGLCWDC convention, in 2013, so you know you can expect a fun, well-produced event with a strong local flair.

Memorial Day Weekend (May 23–27, 2019) is typically a great spring weekend in Seattle, with high temps in the upper 60s — not too hot and not too cool, and humidity is always comfortably low.   (This is Seattle, though, so we can’t promise there won’t be some rain!)

Host Hotel: Renaissance Seattle

Our host hotel will be the Renaissance Seattle.   This is the same hotel we used for the 20th annual convention, so it will be familiar to many attendees.   Perched on the edge of downtown, it is an easy walk north to the shopping and dining core, and also east into the Capitol Hill gayborhood.   Seattle also has very usable bus and light rail transit close to the hotel, as well as car share and bike share options to get you anywhere you need to go.   And you can take light rail from the airport to just a few blocks from the hotel for under $5!

Room rates for the weekend will be $169 (king bed, 1-2 people) or $189 (2 beds, 3-4 people).  Rooms often have spectacular views of the city, Capitol Hill, or Puget Sound.  For those who want to extend their stay in Seattle before or after the hoedown to explore this part of the country, the hotel will honor these rates for a couple days before and after.

Weekend Schedule

The weekend will start on Thursday, May 23, with daytime tourist activities, an afternoon welcome social, and an evening dance at the host hotel.  Friday and Saturday will feature dance workshops all day, dance competitions in the early evening, and evening dances, as well as social events and IAGLCWDC business meetings.  Sunday will feature the traditional sit-down brunch and IAGLCWDC membership meeting, followed by more workshops and a 4th night of dancing at the hotel!  Because of the Monday holiday, most attendees will be able to stay all the way through the weekend, not having to leave for home until Monday.

Workshops will occur in two ballrooms, as well as a couple large rooms on the hotel’s 3rd floor — that’s right, we will have four tracks of workshops for some of the weekend!  This also means that the evening dancing won’t be just in the main ballroom — we will have concurrent line dance and swing dance rooms as well.   We will also be using the hotel’s Presidential Suite for our VIP Social, After Hours, and other social events.

Regular registration rate for the weekend is $169, which includes the Sunday brunch, increasing to $179 in the final weeks before the event.

More Information

For more information on the convention hoedown, visit http://emeraldcityhoedown.com or http://outhoedown.com.  For info on the IAGLCWDC, visit http://iaglcwdc.org.

Event registration and hotel reservations will be available on Labor Day, September 3. Look for regular updates on registration, events, and workshop schedules throughout the year.


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