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PHOTOS: Line dancing comes to Salem’s gay bar

An inaugural line dancing class at Salem’s Southside Speakeasy drew about two dozen students eager to blend country dance moves and pop music.

Salem dancer Kelly Williams Brown is offering the classes in hopes of reaching LGBTQ+ line dancers and others who might not feel comfortable attending dances at other bars. The classes are open to anyone.

Future line dancing lessons are scheduled at Southside Speakeasy, 3529 Fairview Industrial Dr. S.E. on Friday, May 24, at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, May 29, at 6 p.m. and Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. The cost is $5 per person.

Kelly Williams Brown and David Schlieiffer show a new routine to students at the One Chance Fancy Dance held at the Southside Speakeasy on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Students practice a high five while doing a pass-through dance move at the One Chance Fancy Dance held at the Southside Speakeasy on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
A boot awaits raffle proceeds at the One Chance Fancy Dance at the Southside Speakeasy on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Kelly Williams Brown cools off with a fan after teaching a routine to students at the One Chance Fancy Dance held at the Southside Speakeasy on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Lorelei Boga dances in a line at the One Chance Fancy Dance held at the Southside Speakeasy on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Mara Metzger learns line dance steps at the One Chance Fancy Dance held at the Southside Speakeasy on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Lorelei Boga shows some fancy line dance style during a break in lessons at the One Chance Fancy Dance held at the Southside Speakeasy on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Kelly Williams Brown demonstrates steps to students at the One Chance Fancy Dance held at the Southside Speakeasy on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)
Students await instructions from Kelly Williams Brown at the One Chance Fancy Dance held at the Southside Speakeasy on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

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Laura Tesler has lived in Salem, Oregon for 20 years and is originally from Flint, MI. Laura has been an underwater photographer for 15 years, and is an avid scuba diver. Topside, she has been taking photographs since age 12, and currently works on assignment for the Salem Reporter, and full time purchasing land for fish and wildlife habitat in the Willamette Valley. Laura attended Oregon State University, and has traveled extensively all over the world and the United States.