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As if the triple digit temperatures weren't enough, there's a new all-male revue heating up Los Angeles-area nightlife. However, the group, known as The WeHo ParTy Boys, isn't just about provocative dance routines and skimpy costumes, there's a socially responsible message behind their work as well. To find out more about the sexy dance troupe, we spoke with WeHo ParTy Boys founder, Jim Beatty and choreographer, Michael Silas:
OutTraveler: What made you decide to form the Weho ParTy boys?
Jim Beatty: "I produced a dance record DON'T PnP with TINA, addressing the cyrstal meth abuse issue in the gay community, and that was the inspiration for forming the WeHo parTy boys male dance revue group, along with subtlely delivering an anti-drug message."
OT: Are there aspects of the performances that also drive that message home?
JB: "At the end of each performance, our choreographer, the talented Michael Silas, introduces the group members, and reminds the audience that they can have fun without abusing drugs."
OT: Describe some signature WeHo parTy boy moves.
Michael Silas: "The moves are stimulating, sensual, full-out and F. I. E. R. C. E!"
OT: Obviously your performances are about having fun. But they are also about imparting a message of the dangers of meth. Is it challenging to strike that balance when choreographing?
MS: "Yes it is, because obviously you want to entertain the audience, and do the music justice. However, when you are campaigning and championing for a cause that is bigger than yourself, you always have to keep the message in mind. It’s a challenge, but so is life."
OT: Where are some of your favorite places to party (with a lowercase t) in WeHo?
JB: "We enjoy all West Hollywood venues where we perform."
OT: What is the one thing you hope everyone who comes to see a show takes away from it?
MS: "Man, that was a kick-ass time! When is the next one?”
OT: What's next for the Weho ParTy Boys?
JB: "We are hoping to align ourselves with a booking agent, and take this show on the road to Broadway!"
WeHo parTy boys perform at Hamburger Mary’s in WeHo on the first and third Saturdays of the month and the following Tuesday at Club Cobra in North Hollywood. For the latest schedule info and tickets, visit: wehopartyboys.com.