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Team Chicago provides individuals and organizations with the opportunity to participate in sporting and cultural events according to their personal interests and capabilities. Team Chicago’s mission is to provide support to the LGBT community, furthering participation, inclusion, and pursuit of personal best.

We do this through promotion, outreach, and sponsorship.

AAC Indoor Volleyball Concludes

AAC Indoor Volleyball - Wednesday Night B Division has concluded and Finals will start this coming up Wednesday.

Congratulations to all the teams for completing the League and a special shout out to those that placed top 3:

1st Place: Block This!
2nd Place: Boom!
3rd Place: Happy Endings

May, 2013 - Open Gym Volleyball with Athletic Alliance of Chicago (AAC)

Saturday Open Gym for May, 2013

Open and inclusive participation especially gays, lesbians, transgender and allied players of various play levels.

NO OPEN GYM on Saturday, May 4th

May 11th, 18th

9:00AM - 11:30AM - Division Levels AA, A, BB (Advanced players)
11:30AM - 2:00PM - Division Levels B, CC, C (Introduction, intermediate players)

NO OPEN GYM on Saturday, May 25th

There will be no Skills/Drills offered this coming up Saturday (May 4th)

For the months of May and June, skills and drills will be offered on Court 1 from 1130a - 2p. We will cover the basics and then are open to suggestion. If there are no interested individuals wanting instruction, we will open the court up for regular play.

As always, it is most appreciated if you have exact change ready to hand to me when you enter the gym ($5 bills or singles).

To TANGO or to QUEER TANGO? That is the question!

Some folks learn for the fun of it, some folks learn to show off at weddings! some learn to compete in Dance Sport competitions around the country or at international competitions such as the Gay Games or Out Games! Many in the LGBTQAI Community often find it much better to learn the tango with a group that supports same sex partners dancing. Regardless of the motivations for a student to the Tango, the traditional dance roles based on the sex of the dancer is not as rigid as in the hetero world! A dancer can learn both roles and be in the leader position with one dance partner and in the follower position with another dance partner -- sometimes, this changes between the songs and music that's played with the same dance partner if both know both roles well.

Paola Bordon is the Argentinian instructor who takes her time teaching "Queer Tango" at the Center on Halsted to beginners, intermediates and advanced students on Friday nights at the Center on Halsted's 3rd Floor Gym that some of the Team Chicago members are starting to participate in on Friday nights. During the classes, she would break down the steps; provide exercises for the students to improve their posture and dance style; provide instant feedback to the students while putting them as ease; and to show students to dance both in the leader role or the follower role. In Queer Tango a student would learn a bit of both and practice both, so you can identify what works best for you and your dance partner(s). "The role are less ridgid compared to traditional male/female dance roles in heterosexual tango dances", said Bourdon.

"She is very patient in the way she teaches and have a good way to balance each lesson depending on the skill sets of the class participants for the night", said Kyle Chang who is new to her class. "It's something I have not done yet in life and it was time to start learning some of these more formal dances." With Marriage Equality initiatives; the 2013 Out Games and the 2014 Gay Games all in the foreseeable future, Team Chicago would agree with Mr. Chang -- It's Time to start learning!

Interested in the Tango? Give it a try! Join Team Chicago and Paola and other students on Friday nights in the months of April and June to try out and learn "Queer Tango"

Center on Halsted - 3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613
Fridays Nights in April and June (No Classes in May) - 3rd Floor Gym
Level 1 Students are in class between 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Level 2 Stuents are in class between 7:30-8:30 PM

This video was recorded at a recent fundraiser benefitting "Amigas Latinas" where Paola and a female student performs same sex tango for the audience.


Queer Tango Performance

Get $5 Discounts on Tixs to the musical "Under A Rainbow Flag"

Under A Rainbow Flag

Based on the real-life story of a WWII naval corpsman (who still lives in Evanston, Illinois), "Under A Rainbow Flag" is an upbeat work about a group of soldiers who meet on a transport train heading west from Chicago and about the choices they make during and after the War.

"Under A Rainbow Flag" runs March 23 to April 21 at the Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL.

Mention "TEAM CHICAGO" at the door and receive a $5 discounts per ticket on the following performance this week before it closes in Chicago:

Sunday, 4/14 at 2:30
Wednesday, 4/16 7:30 PM
Thursday 4/16 7:30 PM
Sunday, 4/14 at 2:30

Tickets available based on available seating on each show. Discount not valid for online and previous purchases.

Just one of the many benefits that we are offering to members and friends of Team Chicago Athletics and Culture. You can join or renew your membership at www.TeamChicago.org/node/3

AAC Open Gym for Indoor Volleyball April, 2013 Schedule

Ready for some Open Gym Volleyball on Saturday mornings with our partners Athletics Alliance of Chicago? It's a great way to meet some new people with a similar sport interest and develop or be on a team for league play!

For new and beginner players: Drills will be offered on Court 1 from 9a-1130a. We will cover the basics and then are open to suggestion. If there are no interested individuals wanting instruction, we will open the court up for regular play. As always, it is most appreciated if you have exact change ready to hand to me when you enter the gym

Saturday Open Gym Dates/Times and Division for the month of April are:
April 6th B, CC, C 9:00AM - 11:30AM AA, A, BB 11:30AM - 2:00PM
April 13th B, CC, C 9:00AM - 11:30AM AA, A, BB 11:30AM - 2:00PM
April 20th B, CC, C 9:00AM - 11:30AM AA, A, BB 11:30AM - 2:00PM
April 27th B, CC, C 9:00AM - 11:30AM AA, A, BB 11:30AM - 2:00PM

You ready for some digs, sets, spikes and serves?

AAC is a member partner organization of Team Chicago Athletics and Culture! Please email us at: Calendar@TeamChicago.org if you wish to have your events published with Team Chicago Athletics and Culture -- Leading the local delegation to international sports and cultural competitions since 1982!