We are about DANSS!

DANSS focuses on promoting Same Sex dancing by providing Same Sex dancing opportunities, Same Sex dance instruction and supporting Same Sex dance competitions in Wellington. For the past 10 years dance instruction in Ballroom, Latin and New Vogue dances has been provided at Thistle Hall on Sundays from 7–9 pm. From 2006 there have also been several series of weekly sessions, specifically for absolute beginner women dancers.

Volunteers have provided all organising, teaching and competition opportunities—no members of DANSS or DANSS Inc., receive remuneration for their contributions. It is a principle of DANSS that attendance at all classes is by koha to cover expenses—no one is excluded by an inability to pay.

Many of the people involved in DANSS and DANSS Inc. are the same and DANSS Inc has the full backing and support of DANSS. Both meet the needs of very diverse groups—one provides the teaching and the other the opportunity for our Maori, Pakeha, Asian, Pasifika, and European members to compete at an international level with other gay, lesbian and straight dancers. The Incorporated Society has 15 members and there are 165 people on the DANSS email list.

  • Wellington’s first same sex ballroom dancing started in 1996 with separate commercial classes for gay men and lesbian women.
  • DANSS classes started two years later and have been held every Sunday night since then except for holiday weekends and the end-of-year holiday period.
  • DANSS is managed and taught by gay and lesbian volunteers.
  • DANSS has always welcomed everyone—gay men, lesbian women and friends. But all are expected to dance with partners of the same sex, as well as with the opposite sex.
  • Couples, as well as singles, are welcome. You don’t need to bring a partner.
  • Classes are held upstairs in Thistle Hall, the Wellington City upper Cuba Street Community Hall, Sunday evenings, 7–8 pm for beginners, 8:10–9:00 pm for intermediate dancers.  
  • You must bring a positive attitude and expect to have fun!
  • Absolute Beginner DANSS classes for women only have been held upon demand.
  • The charging of koha per attendee allows the unemployed and lower paid among us to enjoy the fun, physical exercise and social connections that come with DANSS
  • In 2000, DANSS organised and ran the first Same Sex Ballroom Competition at the St Andrews on the Terrace Church hall—the first ever same sex dance competition in New Zealand.
  • In 2008, members of DANSS established DANSS Inc., as a charitable organisation specifically to plan, organise and run same sex ballroom dance competitions in Wellington. This has benefitted dancers in New Zealand and Australia being able to compete annually in Wellington since then, including the glamour event of the 2011 Outgames in Wellington.

Ted & CraigThistle Hall, Class 2008


Come and learn some classical Ballroom, some funky Latin American and some elegant New Vogue dance moves. An attitude in wanting to learn and having fun is required.

DANSS people are of many cultures— Maori, Pakeha, Asian, Pasifika, and European.  Visitors from other places are welcome to drop in for the one or more classes on when they are in Wellington.  Each class is an entire lesson without need to attend more often.

Numbers attending DANSS classes range from 10–30, with an average attendance of 10–15.

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The Sunday Night DANSS group


Our International DANSS Competitions

DANSS (2008) Incorporated was first established and registered as DANSS Incorporated.  It is a charitable organisation, managed and operated by volunteers from the Gay & Lesbian dance community.  It is  specifically charged with planning, organising and hosting annual Same Sex Ballroom Dance Competitions in Wellington, New Zealand.

DANSS Inc successfully organised and hosted the Dancesport event at the 2011 AsiaPacific Outgames.  We have since then successfully organised and run Wellington competitions in 2012, 2013 and 2014. We are now preparing for the March 2015 competition.

The DANSS (2008) Inc. Committee