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Tea Dances Kick Off With 'Swifty Sunday'

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Guests at “Swifty Sunday,” Bay Street Theater's first Summer Sunday Tea Dance of the season on June 9. COURTESY BAY STREET THEATER

Guests at “Swifty Sunday,” Bay Street Theater's first Summer Sunday Tea Dance of the season on June 9. COURTESY BAY STREET THEATER

Guests at “Swifty Sunday,” Bay Street Theater's first Summer Sunday Tea Dance of the season on June 9. COURTESY BAY STREET THEATER

Guests at “Swifty Sunday,” Bay Street Theater's first Summer Sunday Tea Dance of the season on June 9. COURTESY BAY STREET THEATER

authorStaff Writer on Jun 17, 2024

Bay Street Theater in partnership with the LGBT Network, and the Long Island LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Summer Sunday Tea Dance of the season on June 9. Titled “Swifty Sunday,” the event, held on the Bay Street Theater patio and in its adjacent indoor bar featured Taylor Swift’s most singable and danceable hits.

Open to all, 21 and over, the festivities run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and the series offers creative cocktail specials, light bites, fabulous music and lots of dancing.

Summer Sunday Tea Dances will continue on June 30, July 7, July 14, August 11, August 18 and August 25. Each dance will feature a different fun theme, including Flashback Sunday on June 30 with a live DJ spinning the best music of the 1980s with a themed cocktail special (did someone say frozen strawberry daiquiris?).

These social mixers are the perfect casual antidote for wrapping up a weekend on the East End. Attendees are invited to come early or stay after to catch a show on Bay Street’s mainstage, with Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m. and evening performances at 7 p.m.

The origins of tea dances can be traced back to the early 20th century, particularly in urban LGBTQ+ communities in the United States. These events typically took place in the afternoon or early evening, providing a safe and social space for individuals to gather and dance. The tea dance culture gained prominence during the mid-20th century, especially in cities like New York and San Francisco, serving as a form of resistance and expression amidst societal prejudice and discrimination. Today, while the tradition has evolved and diversified, tea dances remain an integral part of LGBTQ+ culture, fostering community, celebration, and solidarity.

Tickets are $20 at baystreet.org or 631-725-9500. Bay Street Theater is on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor.

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