Theatre Workshop of Nantucket is thrilled to present, in association with, Nantucket Pride, the Island’s 2023 Pride Tea Dance! Music, Dancing, Drag Performance, raffles and more at Nantucket’s Iconic Chicken Box. Come dressed as a flight attendant or airline captain inspired by our upcoming production of Boeing, Boeing and enter the Costume Contest! Or just come as you are!
Tea dances were events organized on Sunday afternoons in the US gay community, originating in New York in the 1950s and 1960s. The original dances included tea service. They were a place for singles to meet. The name alludes to traditional tea dances of the English countryside.
It was illegal until the mid-1960s for bars in New York to sell alcohol to people known to be gay, and New York City police would conduct raids on establishments catering to them. Hence, gay men in the area began to hold tea dances outside the city as an alternative venue for meeting. In New York, these generally took place on Fire Island, in Cherry Grove and the Pines, on Sunday afternoons. Serving tea rather than alcohol made them more acceptable and less law-defying. Because they were held in the afternoon, attendees could catch a ferry and return home and be ready to work on Monday morning.
Tea dances spread beyond New York and lasted into the 1990s and beyond, regularly taking place in Miami,Fort Lauderdale,Provincetown, and Los Angeles and San Francisco, among other cities.
See you June 4th when ALL ARE WELCOME (must be 21 or over)