The 90s dance scene in Tulsa had a lot of people, including a man named Michael who was living in his garage at the time.
He was the founder of Dance Club Tulsa and is now the president of the Tulsa Dance Company.
He says that in his youth, dance clubs in Tulsa were often a part of the gay culture and were places where people could meet people they could connect with.
The name Dance Club was coined in the early 90s to signify that Tulsa’s gay culture was very much alive and thriving.
“We were kind of the last bastion of the ’90s gay dance scene, and I think that it really was a really cool time to be a gay man in Tulsa,” Michael says.
Dance clubs were mostly located in downtown Tulsa.
There were a lot more gay bars downtown, like The Fuzzy Cat, and that’s where we got the name Dance Clubs.
Michael had a love for music and he would go to clubs and play his favorite music and hang out and have a great time.
“But that was also the time that I was growing up, and the gay people were growing up and coming out of the closet,” Michael recalls.
So when he saw that Tulsa had an opening in the gay scene, he thought, “I gotta open a dance club.”
He decided to open a Dance Club to serve as a place for people to come and meet and get together and dance.
He opened up the club in the basement of the nightclub.
The first dance club to open was the one in the back.
“It was a very small club, but it had a large, very gay crowd,” Michael explains.
He decided that if they could get people to dance, that would be great for the neighborhood.
So they put on a couple dance classes in the summer of 1991 and opened up a second dance club a year later.
Dance Club started out as a club for older people and for people who didn’t want to dance but wanted to connect with the community.
The dance classes would start with just one or two people, and they’d start with a little bit of a warm-up.
The next thing they’d do was have a dance class, which would last about an hour and a half.
Then they’d turn into a little more of a dance show, which lasted about an additional hour and then it would be a group dance class.
Michael says that they’d have people in a variety of dance styles, but he’d always find something that worked well.
One of the things that worked so well for the first dance classes was that they were usually a lot smaller than the regular dance classes that people might take, and there would be more people than they normally would.
“The dance was always very intimate and people would just sort of sit in the center of the dance floor and have some time to themselves,” Michael continues.
Michael would also find people who were very shy and would not dance at first.
So one of the ways that Dance Club kept up with the gay community was by hosting special events that were open to the public, like a dance party, a dance competition, a live performance, and a variety shows, which were more open to people who wanted to dance.
Dance Clubs were also where gay people could get their first kiss.
They would have one or both of their faces on a plaque and that was something that was very important for gay people in the 90s.
“You would go into a dance or something and it was like, ‘Oh, you look like a gay guy,'” Michael says of the first time he kissed a man.
That first kiss in Dance Club would also have a profound impact on his life and career.
Michael was a member of the Thunderbird Club, an all-gay club in Tulsa that opened in 1993.
“My first kiss was in a Dance Party,” Michael remembers.
“I got to kiss a guy I met at the Dance Party and he was like my best friend.
It was kind of a moment that I’ll never forget.”
Michael was in the same dance class as this guy and he told Michael that he had just met another gay man at the same club.
The same year that Dance Clubs first opened, Dance Club had its own monthly drag show.
“And I remember the drag show,” Michael said.
“This was my first drag show, and it went well.
It went very well.”
The drag show was something Michael never expected to happen, and he says that he wasn’t surprised by the results.
“When I was dancing, I wasn’t thinking about gay people,” Michael adds.
“What I was thinking about was, ‘How do I look like?
How do I sound like?’
So it just clicked with me.
That was the moment that it clicked with everybody, it was a huge moment.”
The dance show became so popular that Dance