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We promote country western dancing among the LGBT community. We encourage people to lead or follow based on preference, not gender.

Mitchell/Richards Family Fund Grant

DC Rawhides is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Mitchell – Richards Family Fund, created to honor the memories of Corey Richards and Doug Mitchell, a component fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation.  DC Rawhides is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting country western dancing in the LGBT community.  

The dances started in 2013 with 13 people gathering in the social hall of a Dupont Area church and then became part of programming at two of the District’s well known LGBTQ entertainment and dance venues:  Town and Secrets.  Apartments and condo now stand where those two clubs once were.  DC Rawhides danced through the pandemic via Zoom calls.  In 2021, DC Rawhides took up residency at Hook Hall. At each of these venues, the owners kindly provided DC Rawhides with use of their space and equipment at no charge. The hallmark of our dances is an atmosphere that is inclusive, affirming, and fun.  There is no other dance event in the District that draws crowds as diverse in age, race, gender-identity, and sexual orientation.

In the spring of 2022, DC Rawhides decided to take the dance solo, knowing this meant they would have to pay for space.  Our annual costs to hold the dance are not insubstantial.  To make sure there are no barriers to attending, we ask patrons for a minimum five dollar donation at the door.  The gift from the the Mitchell – Richards Family Fund, a component fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation will allow us to keep dancing and for that we are extremely grateful

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DC Rawhides at The Wharf

There’s going to be a country-western night at The Wharf on DC’s Southwest Waterfront, open to the public, on Friday, June 10, and the Rawhides will be in attendance! The evening kicks off at 7, when we’ll be giving a line dance lesson and a two-step tutorial. That will be followed by two-stepping to music by the Wil Gravatt Band.

This free event will run until 9, and all are welcome. Come for the dancing, come for the live music, or come to watch. See you there?

First Dance at Eastern Market, Saturday, May 28

Join us for our first dance at our new location, the North Hall at Eastern Market, at 7th Street and North Carolina Avenue, S.E., two blocks north of the Eastern Market Metro station. We’ll be there Saturday, May 28, from 7 till 11. There will be a cash bar.

Jon B. will teach the line dance “The Wolf” (demos and tutorials at CopperKnob; demo by our Daniel J.) from 7 till 8. Open dancing with DJ Pam will start after that.

The line dance line-up for the evening includes The Wolf, Shivers, Church Clap, Waltz Across Texas, Coffee, Reggae Cowboy, Dizzy, Chill Factor, Wobble, Canadian Stomp, Cowboy Cha-Cha, and Shake Yourself Loose.

Time: Saturday, May 28, 7pm-11pm
Location: Eastern Market North Hall, 225 7th St. SE, Washington DC 20003
Admission: $5

CANCELLED: Outdoor Dancing in College Park

Country dance outdoors, Saturday, May 7th

Owing to the weather forecast, this event has been cancelled.

Weather permitting, we will be dancing outdoors at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in 4512 College Avenue in College Park, Maryland. This dance will take place on Saturday, May 7, from 4 until 7.

We did this last May and had a blast. This year, we will be bringing our dance floor rather than dance on the pavement!

Restroom available. Make sure to check for weather update that day. No cover. Bring yourself, a friend, and maybe a snack to share.

New Dance Line-up!

Hello, everybody! We’ve got a new series of dance nights scheduled for you, on a new day at a new location: the North Hall at Eastern Market, at 7th Street and North Carolina Avenue, S.E., two blocks from the Eastern Market Metro station. The dances will run from 7 till 11 PM on eight Saturday nights from late May through the end of September. See the event calendar for the dates.

The dances that had been previously scheduled for Hook Hall in April and May will not take place.

In addition, an outdoor dance is being planned for Saturday, May 7, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in College Park, weather permitting. More information on that is to come.

Hooked on Country Spring Fling Dance

Hooked on Country 3/11, $5 cover for the dance

Let’s dance into Spring! Jon will be teaching a line dance that is brand new for us: Gives Me Shivers (step sheet and demos at Copper Knob). Jay and Daniel will deejay. Come to learn; come to dance; come to watch. Visit with true friends and make new ones. We are inclusive, affirming and fun. 

The line dance line-up for the evening:

  1. Cupid Shuffle
  2. Wobble
  3. Church Clap
  4. Waltz Across Texas
  5. Gives Me Shivers
  6. Coffee (D.H.S.S)
  7. Reggae Cowboy
  8. Ghost Train
  9. Tahoe Kick
  10. Dizzy
  11. Hideway Cha
  12. Chill Factor

Bonus line dance: Aces & Eights. DC Rawhides has tutorials for many of these on the DC Rawhides YouTube channel.

Time: Friday, March 11, 7pm-11pm
Location: Hook Hall, 3400 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Cost: Free to enter Hook Hall, $5 to enter dance floor