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Two-Stepping and Line Dancing
in New York City


Gay Cowboys Big Apple Ranch Circle JerkBig Apple Ranch offers a country-western dance lesson and party every Saturday night in Manhattan 's Chelsea neighborhood, in the 2,000 square foot loft space of the Dance Manhattan dance studio at 39 West 19th Street. Attendance averages 120 people with more at our monthly special benefit events.

Big Apple Ranch's friendly, welcoming atmosphere focuses on dancing, not cruising, although of course many friendships and relationships have begun on the dance floor. To make sure that everyone is comfortable with the basics, from 8:00-8:30 we offer a beginning two-step class. From 8:30-9:00 we teach a line dance, and then the dance floor is open from 9:00-1:00 am. 

Just about every month we sponsor benefits for local not-for-profit organizations. View the beneficiary form to see if your group qualifies as a beneficiary. Also, we offer group discounts -- please e-mail us if you're interested.

Big Apple Ranch opened on April 12, 1997 to provide a same-sex partner dance venue for New York City . Dean and Susanna took on the responsibility of running the weekly event, based on the format of previous incarnations begun in the early 1990s. In 1999, they brought Jon onto the management team. During that year Big Apple Ranch became a member of IAGLCWDC , the International Association of Gay and Lesbian Country Western Dance Clubs. Jon and Susanna now run Big Apple Ranch.

Frequently Asked Questions  |  Dance Floor Rules & Etiquette

Our dedicated staff:

Front Desk : Bob
DJ: Hank, Mary, Andrew, Suzanne
Bartenders: Steve, Bryan, Robert, Andrew
Coat Check: Sharon, Jose, Julie, Big Apple Corps
Teachers: Sylvia, Geo, Jon and Susanna
Webmaster: Jimmy Hickey
Photographer and Mailing List Manager: Marc Semler
General Assistants: Bob Kosovsky
Graphic Designers: Don Newcomb and Gary DeFasio

To contact Jon click here.

To contact Susanna click here.