Frequently Asked Questions
I'm a beginning dancer. Will I fit in?
A resounding YES! The Sundance Stompede is the perfect event for novice dancers! We are careful to include a full schedule of beginning workshops specifically for you. You can learn two-step, waltz, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, night-club two-step, and line dances during the day … and then you'll have the opportunity to apply what you've learned at the night-time dances.
You'll find our country-western dance community a welcoming one, so you needn't be afraid to dance with more experienced dancers. In fact, that's the best way to learn. Come to the Stompede, and leave dancing like you never thought possible!
From an attendee from a prior Sundance Stompede:
"Thanks for a great time! I had no idea what to expect aside from a lot of dancing. I've only been 2-steppin/line dancing since March and was a little self conscious about my skills. Well those concerns were tossed aside shortly after my arrival. I felt welcome and the sessions encompassed all sorts of skill levels."
I don't dance at all. Is the Stompede for me?
Well, certainly you will get more out of the weekend if you have some interest in country-western dancing. But you can still have a great time, even if you never set foot on the dance floor. First of all, the people you are sure to meet are some of the friendliest around. And there are plenty of social settings for you to meet them. The dance exhibitions are highly entertaining, and even watching the regular dancers can be a lot of fun. Plus, San Francisco is an incredible city to explore, and for the gay tourist it's especially wonderful. And maybe, just maybe you'll decide to try out a beginning dance workshop or two.
How is the Stompede for women? for trans? for straights?
While the majority of attendees at the Stompede are men, friendly women abound at the Stompede. Women often comment on how pleased they are with the number of women, as well as how welcoming the Stompede is for everyone, regardless of gender. And the trans community is certainly represented at the Stompede as well with welcome arms. The Women's Trans-inclusive Social on Saturday afternoon is a special highlight of the weekend.
And there is no shortage of straight women and men at the Stompede as well. As long as you don't care who dances with whom, or who asks whom, you'll have a great time.