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Cowboys, Queens, and the Gay West
Join the University of Arizona W.A. Franke Honors College for this special Franke Honors Now: LIVE virtual webinar for Franke Honors alumni and friends.

In this presentation, Dr. Kathryn Alexander traces the choreographic choices made by cowboy dancers over the last 150 years, to highlight how LGBTQ cowboy dancers communicate their identities and create communities through their dancing bodies.

What makes a cowboy? Hats and boots? Horses and rodeos? Twangy, boot-scootin' country western dances? During the late 19th century heyday of America’s western frontier, when cowboys drove cattle across open, largely empty swaths of territory, isolated ranch houses and cow town dance halls provided the venues for social dances, a primary form of entertainment. With women a scarcity in the 19th century West, male cowboys often danced with each other, adopting a variety of signifiers to distinguish gendered dance roles.

In the late 20th and early 21st century, male “cowboys” are still dancing with each other in scattered country gay bars across the American West, from the heart of ranch country in North Texas and Oklahoma, to Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.

We hope you’ll join us this fascinating presentation!

Dec 7, 2021 05:00 PM in Arizona

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