Christopher Kelleher / Board Member 2010 to Present
I’ve waltzed down Market Street in two Pride Parades; served in a leadership role for the San Francisco Saddletramps; competed for the International Gay Rodeo Association; and haven’t missed an April Follies since the very beginning. Taking part in the Amsterdam and Chicago Gay Games were highlights of my life, and I’m looking forward to more amazing experiences at future Games. I’ve also competed in mainstream dance events; so I have first-hand knowledge and a great appreciation for the differences. Our community enjoys a remarkable camaraderie, support, and enjoyment rarely seen at other events.
Having served as a founding member of Rainbow Ballroom until leaving the West Coast, I continue whenever possible to attend Bay Area events and meetings, as well as serving as Secretary to the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Same Sex Dance Association. I’m delighted to say I was there at the first meeting when the group soon to be known as NASSPDA was created, and enjoyed attending the first annual meeting. Whether on the Board or as a member, I look forward to staying involved in promoting same-sex partner dancing.
While on staff at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, I served for seven years as liaison to the Board of Directors. In that capacity I attended regular meetings and assisted the members through boom times and lean years. As a volunteer for Project Inform and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, I saw first-hand the impact of small, community-based, queer non-profits.As a founding member of Rainbow Ballroom, I worked to expand and support our community through social events and to improve communication through hosting organizer networking opportunities. Because of my involvement with this work, I was asked and served on the Election Committee for the first NASSPDA elections. Most recently I was invited to serve on the Board of the Bay Area Same Sex Dance Association.
Working with these various organizations, I’ve developed a love for, and reaffirmed my commitment to, LGBTQ community building. Dance has been a passion of mine for many years, and I’m committed to promoting partner dancing in our community and beyond.