Learn to Dance
|Line Dances||Learn to Two-Step and Line Dance It's easy (and free!)
Join us every Friday night from 8-11:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 3-7 p.m. for free two-step and line dance lessons! Our top notch dance instructors from the Second City Country Dance Association (SCCDA) will have you dancing the night away in no time. Don't have a dance parnter? No worries! We'll pair you up with one of our "angels" to help you learn the basics. If line dancing is more your style, you can check out some of our favorites in the list provided to the left or go to sccdance.org/LineDances for more.
|Boot Scootin' Boogie|
|Country Girl Shake||Country:
Fifi De Prave, the First Lady of Charlie's Chicago, performs as our Country DJ on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. Fifi plays a mix of country classic and new country. Fifi is a fixture of Charlie's Chicago since the day it opened in 1993. As a founding member of the Illinois Gay Rodeo Association (ILGRA), Fifi was the first and the 11th Miss ILGRA. One of the first shows Fifi produced for Charlie's Chicago was called "Fifi's Cuervo Gold Country Talent Show". One of her first performers from that show was the now Famous Amy Armstrong. Amy had just moved to Chicago and "just wanted to sing". Fifi gave her a chance, and the rest is history. Fifi is always willing to take requests and find your favorite country hit. Country start at 8 PM on Friday Nights and 3 PM on Sunday. Come out and meet Fifi and we know you will love her as much as we do here at Charlie's Chicago.
|Hootenanny aka "Farm Party"|
|I Like Beer||Second City Country Dance Association (SCCDA): provides country/western social dancing and teaches all skill levels from beginning to advanced in the LGBTQ+ community.
We strive to create inclusive relationships, network, and collaborate with other dance communities. Charlie’s Chicago is our primary dance venue and together we build, strengthen and support the Chicagoland LGBTQ+ country/western dance community. SCCDA hosts organized dances, events, workshops and co-hosts the annual Hoedown In The Dunes. Check out their webpage at SCCDANCE.ORG.
Firebrand: burst onto Chicago’s LGBTQ+ country/western dance community with their debut performance on Oct. 20 and is now making preparations for future shows in 2020.
That’s the word this month from the leaders of Firebrand, formed by the Second City Country Dance Association, which for weeks has been arranging practices and fundraising.
“We’re just thrilled with the crowd’s reception we received at our initial performance held at Charlie’s Chicago and we’re just as excited about the 20 charter members who took part in that show,” said Ray Kenyon, a member of the Firebrand Steering Committee.
"The plan", explained Ray, "is for Firebrand members to continue practice and rehearsals in advance of future shows next spring."
“We encourage all those country/western dancers from across Chicago and the suburbs who want to join this fantastic dance troupe to contact us about joining up,” said Ray. To sign up, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Redneck Angel||Herb Moore Two-step and line dance: Fridays & Sundays
Herb Moore has been a country/western dance enthusiasts for the last 15 years and has attended many dance conventions throughout the country. He has taken a variety of dance classes including: country two step, west coast swing, cha cha, salsa and night club two step.
Herb is excited to be teaching: "I love to dance and look forward to passing along what I know while continuing to remain current." Herb looks forward to helping build the Charlie's dance community.
Garrett Imhoff Two-step and line dance: Fridays & Sundays
Garrett started his love affair with dancing as a youth doing musical theater and it has continued ever since. He danced for over a decade with the Grand River Renegades in Grand Rapids, MI serving two terms on their board and helping to expand the love of country and western dance styles within Michigan’s queer community. After moving to Chicago in 2017 he began dancing with and instructing for the Second City Country Dance Association at their home bar, Charlie’s Chicago, and was asked to join the association’s board.
Garrett loves partner dancing like west coast swing, nightclub two-step, and two-step, but his passion is for line dancing. He hopes that everyone who comes to dancing at Charlie’s Chicago enjoys themself fully, feels more confident on their feet, and leaves with a deeper sense of community and camaraderie with Chicago’s country/western family.
|Something In The Water|