TERRIFIED BEGINNERS WELCOME! Trans-Friendly Dance Workshop with Sean Dorsey


Dates: Saturday September 30, 2017
Times: 3pm-5pm
Place: San Francisco Dance Center (3rd floor)
(26 7th Street near Market Street, San Francisco 94103)
(RING elevator button: elevator operator will take you to the 3rd floor)
(Near Civic Center BART and Muni Stations, in downtown San Francisco)
Cost: $0-$20 pay-what-makes-you-happy (cash or credit card)
At the door:
$0-20 cash or credit card



This welcoming, super-friendly workshop is led by transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey and his company dancers. The workshop will include breathing and relaxation, simple stretches, beginner contemporary dance/movement exercises, and time for conversation. Everyone is welcome – especially terrified beginners! Please join us! Please come a little early to sign up for the workshop, change clothes, etc; the workshop will start at 3pm.

When you arrive: RING elevator button — elevator operator will take you to the 3rd floor – we will be there to greet you! The front door, elevator, dance studio and 6th floor bathroom are wheelchair accessible.

Questions? Read below – and if you still have questions, email us at!

* WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT? Sean will open with some breathing and relaxation, then will lead the group through some basic stretching, dance movements and simple dance phrases. The group will also create our own simple movement ideas, and we’ll finish with some more breathing and relaxation. No experience necessary! This will be super-friendly, non-judgmental, and for ALL levels, including TOTAL beginners! This is about loving up our unique bodies and creating safe space for us all to express ourselves.

* YIKES! I’M AFRAID TO DANCE IN PUBLIC! We know that transgender, nonbinary and LGBTQ people often don’t feel welcome, safe or comfortable in dance studios or classes … so please know this is truly going to be a super-friendly environment!

* WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Wear clothing that you’re comfortable in – and that you can move freely around in (including laying on the floor). Please wear sweatpants, loose shorts, loose pants, leggings or any other comfortable bottoms and a comfortable shirt.

* WHERE CAN I PEE? WHERE CAN I CHANGE? We will provide access to an all-gender bathroom and an all-gender changing room.

* WILL WE WEAR SHOES? We will be dancing barefoot.

* WILL THERE BE ANY TOUCH INVOLVED? There will be no touch involved.

* DO I HAVE TO TALK? We will do introductions and will do a creative exercise that involves speaking several words outloud, but you will be given the option not to speak outloud at all if you prefer.

* CAN I WEAR LEGWARMERS AND A SPARKLY HEADBAND? Heck yeah! Let’s make our workshop space as playful and fun as you want it!

* WAIT A SECOND: I’M NOT “IN SHAPE” … CAN I STILL COME? Heck yeah! This is for all levels, all bodies, all heart rates! You can sit down or rest or cheer from the sidelines at any time you need to!

* NO REALLY, I’M SUPER TERRIFIED … SHOULD I STILL COME? Heck yeah! This is a super supportive, loving environment that is super supportive and welcoming of the super terrified! Being really nervous or scared is a really common and normal feeling, and we understand what it feels like. Please come and join us!


SEAN DORSEY is transgender and queer dancer, choreographer and writer. He is passionate about creating supportive/celebratory space for trans, nonbinary and queer bodies in Dance. Dorsey created his last two shows (THE MISSING GENERATION and The Secret History Of Love) after recording oral history interviews with trans/LGBTQ elders, seniors and longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. Dorsey and his company Sean Dorsey Dance have performed and taught in 27 cities across the US. Learn more about Sean Dorsey Dance.

Sean Dorsey Dance is offering this workshop in conjunction with Fresh Meat Productions, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center and the Queer Cultural Center.

THIS WORKSHOP SERIES IS PART OF SEAN DORSEY DANCE’S “BOYS IN TROUBLE” PROJECT & TRANS-FRIENDLY WORKSHOP SERIES AT THE SF LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER – made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and with support from the Queer Cultural Center.