By Deborah Greenwood
The atmosphere is electric as couples swing, dip and glide in a Mt Hawthorn hall. The music is blaring as the DJ pumps tunes new and old – and regulars wriggle on to the floor.
Welcome to Perth’s only same-sex dance class.
OUTdance is a safe and inclusive place for LGBTs to twinkle their toes.
Organiser Terry Wragg, 56, says singles and couples of all genders, sexualities, ages and skill-levels are taught dances each week, from classic ballroom to the cha-cha.
“We don’t mind who you are, just as long as you want to come and dance,” Ms Wragg said.
The group isn’t competitive but rather focuses on the social connection gained through dancing.
“People are learning something, but they’re having fun,” Ms Wragg said.
Participant Alison Kelly, 29, who has been attending OUTdance since April, said the group instantly made her feel welcome.
“It is always great to go to an organisation where you feel accepted and they don’t see you as anything else aside from who you really are,” Ms Kelly said.
“Learning to dance is a great way to get to know someone, beyond the ‘Hi, how ya going’ sort of chit chat.”
The group has held two same-sex dance competitions, DANCEout, with plans for a third in the new year.
“We’re hoping that we can make that event a part of the regular dance calendar,” Ms Wragg said.
For more information on OUTdance, visit their website.