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Two-Stepping in Texas

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.

Dance Venues

What other venues would you recommend for a little two-stepping action? .

Books

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).

Dance Instruction

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

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