For a list of the many dance halls and honky-tonks in Central Texas, visit www.honkytonktx.com/dancehalls. Also check out “Big Bill’s Guide to Country Western Dancing and Dance Halls In and Around Austin” at www.centraltexascountry.com/dance.html. Following are sites mentioned in the story. Call ahead for more information, including admission, music schedules, dance lessons, and special events.
- Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, 512/442-6189.
- The Continental Club, 1315 South Congress Ave., Austin, 512/441-2444.
- Dallas Nightclub, 7113 Burnet Rd., Austin, 512/452-1300.
- Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon, 5434 Burnet Rd., Austin. (See video: Chicken bingo)
- Twin Sisters Dance Hall, on US 281, south of Blanco.
- Crider’s Rodeo and Dance Hall (3.5 miles west of Hunt on Texas 39), 830/238-4441.
Dance Across Texas by Betty Casey (University of Texas Press, 1985). Dance Halls and Last Calls: A History of Texas Country Music by Geronimo Treviño III (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2002). Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit by Gail Folkins (Texas Tech University Press, 2007).
For a basic introduction to the two-step, visit www.youtube.com and search for “Two-Step.” Many instructional DVDs are also available online and through your local bookseller. Also consider taking lessons from a dance studio or private instructor like Peter Turner (512/417-7383). In the Austin area, popular dance studios include Austin Uptown Dance and Go Dance Studio.
The United Country Western Dance Council (UCWDC) is an international organization that promotes country-western dance by producing festivals and competitions in 20 countries. Visit their website for information on UCWDC-sponsored events and competitions.
See related: Texas Two-Step