Traditionally ballroom dancing has been seen as a string of heterosexual partner dances that can be both social and competitive. However, the times are changing as lesbians and gays increasingly take to the floor.

These days gay and lesbian dancers get plenty of opportunities to burn up the dancefloor – particularly at the Outgames and Gay Games.

Both events, coupled with strings of domestic competitions and exhibitions, mean same-sex dancesport is now in the forefront of people’s minds. And even better, we are bloody good at it too.

Sydney dancesport expert David Rooney said it was important for the gay community to get involved in the sport if they felt drawn to it.

He said it offered not only an outlet for rigorous exercise, but also a great opportunity to meet lots of new and interesting people.

“It is something outside our usual basketball and volleyball team,” Rooney said.

“And it is important in the gay community as it gives people a place to meet. We encourage people to come along and have fun, to show them what is on and what they can do.”

Same-sex dance classes are held in Randwick every Sunday. The classes cater for all levels, from beginners through to intermediate and advanced dancers.

“For those who aren’t engaged in some kind of sport or social group, it gives them a different option,” Rooney said.

Three classes are held every Sunday in Randwick from 4pm until 6pm. For further information contact David Rooney on 0418 586 674.

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