DC Out is incredibly excited to welcome Grammy-nominated and Dove award-winning recording artist Ty Herndon!!!   


Ty Herndon

Between 1995 and 2002, Herndon charted 17 singles, including his three No.1s and numerous top 10 hits, such as “I Want My Goodbye Back,” “Loved Too Much,” “A Man Holding On,” and “Hands of a Working Man.”  He topped the charts in 1996 with the single “Living in a Moment” and again in 1998 with “It Must Be Love.  In 2010, Herndon released his album, Journey On.  The album received critical acclaim and earned him a Grammy nomination and his first Dove award.  Herndon released Lies I Told Myself in 2013 and House on Fire in 2016.

In November of 2014, Ty Herndon became the first major male country artist to publicly come out as gay.  Shortly after, he made history when he hosted the first-of- its-kind country music event, titled The Concert for Love and Acceptance.  The event, designed to bring attention and support to at-risk youth and acceptance, received national attention from Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine and more.  In addition to many philanthropic endeavors, Ty has created a fund through GLAD to support new LGBTQ performers tying to enter into the Country Music Industry.

DC Out is supporting this fund and gave away tickets to the 2019 Love and Acceptance Concert to two lucky 2018 winners.  This year, Full Weekend Pass holders will be eligible for a drawing for tickets to the 2020 Love and Acceptance Concert.  The winning names to be picked by Ty on Sunday!

So, please join us for this one-of-a-kind night of couples and line dancing to Ty's award winning music. Ty will be accompanied by two acoustic artists. More details to follow.

Sunday Evening Pass includes dancing at the live performance with Ty from 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM and dancing to the music mixed by our DJs Louis St. George and company into the late night hours.

In addition to performances by many of our instructors, the following groups and couples performed at 2018 DC Out.

Stay tuned for a complete list of 2019 performances!

Lia and Helen partnered up to change the WCS world! Currently, the primary way to become well known within the mainstream WCS competitive community is to compete and do well in the NADSE Tour, which comprises two routine divisions - Classic (no lifts) or Showcase (lifts required). However, same-sex couples are not allowed to compete for points in that tour. Lia and Helen have put together a routine that they hope will change people's minds (and hearts) about open role dancing. They currently compete in a third routine division, called Rising Star - kind of like the little leagues version of Classic/Showcase, for routine couples to test the waters. Here's the cool part - Rising Star allows same-sex couples to compete, traditionally the winners of the Rising Star Tour and the winners of the Rising Star division at the US Open move up to compete in Classic/Showcase. As of early June 2018, Lia and Helen have traveled to FOUR events and have won at ALL FOUR! They look forward to sharing this amazing, groundbreaking routine at DC Out on Thursday night.

Laurissa Stokes is a self-admitted West Coast Swing addict whose primary passion is leading. Laurissa broke ground in the mainstream West Coast Swing competition circuit by dancing the first ever nontraditional-role pro-am routine (with her pro partner, Lemery Rollins) at the 2017 US Open . . . and taking second place in the process! She and her current pro partner, DC Out instructor Erica Smith, will be sharing Laurissa's newest pro-am routine at DC Out 2018. This moving routine is not only graceful and precise, but has a reputation for not leaving a dry eye in the house -- so you may want to bring tissues.


JT Swing Teams DC, directed by Erica Smith, consists of a Junior Varsity and Varsity West Coast Swing performance team.  Each team performs a different routine choreographed by 11-time US Open Classic Division Champions Jordan Frisbee and Tatianna Mollmann.  Now in its 3rd Season, JT Swing Teams DC looks forward to sharing Season 3’s routines with you!

Grab your cameras, there will be skirts a-whirling, sequins a-flying and costumes a-revealing by none other than the Manhattan Prairie Dogs! They were born on the dance floor of the Big Apple Ranch in New York City. Celebrating 25 years of dazzling and surprising performances. Come see them at DC OUT!!

Igor Pitangui has been dancing since he was 8 years old. He is trained in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary and urban dances (hip-hop) as well as partnership dances like Zouk, Samba de Gafieira, Forró, Bolero and of course, West Coast Swing. He has worked for a long time as a dancer in one of the most important dance companies in Brazil "Cia de Dança Palácio das Artes", and works as choreographer, teacher and producer in different dance schools and cultural events in Brazil.

He fell in love with West Coast Swing in 2009 and has since dedicated himself to building his career in the dance. In 2017 he took the 1st Place Classic Division at West in Lyon (2017), 1st Place Showcase Division at French Open (2017) and 2nd Place in the Rising Star Division at The US Open Swing Dance Championships. His partner is Rayane Calixto, from Brazil.

In 2018 Igor has chosen to focus on his international career and to promote his own event "Westcâmbio Brazil" in his home city of Belo Horizonte.

The Boston ReneGAYdes are the official performance team for Gays for Patsy. Our goal is to promote the visibility of the GLBTQ community through dance performance. We enjoy performing our routines at community events, fundraisers, and dance festivals. We collaborate with Boston’s Mood Swings Orchestra, a 19- piece all-women big band and have fun performing to live music and reaching new audiences. We’re looking forward to sharing our latest routine with you!

DC RolePlay is an LGBT friendly west coast swing group. We believe your desire and passion for dance should decide whether you lead or follow, not your gender. We promote non-gendered dancing in the LGBT community and the mainstream west coast swing community. On our team everyone leads and follows, so keep a close eye on our routine as we switch roles! We are excited to return to DC Out, an event that embodies our spirit and intent. This year we are also hosting a practice session so come and learn how we dance. We look forward to talking with you and dancing with you! We love you all!

Triversity Another reason you MUST come to the #DCOut2018 kickoff party on Thursday night.

Triversity just confirmed they will be performing their newest Season 3 routine on Thursday. Triversity’s goal is to unleash West Coast Swing beyond the traditional notion in mainstream partner dance that one male leads, one female follows with their amazing routine of less than 3 minutes.

Triversity is a West Coast Swing performance trio that was founded by Katia Grigoriants, Helen Chao and Faith Pangilinan in 2016.