DANCING IN AUSTIN
A guide to places to dance in Austin (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Country & Western). Information on locations, prices, schedules, directions, and general description of establishments.
For additional dance related information, see Aria's Dance Page.
(in alphabetical order)
There are no general dances open to the public. But there are dancing for studio students 9-10:30pm on Thursdays, which comes with instructional packages. Much the same as other franchise studios. 35x35 sq. ft. dance floor.
The Austin Tango Connection is a not-for-profit group dedicated to the Argentine Tango. They host various classes, practices, and social dances. In particular, Thursday night dances at the Ritz Lounge are an outlet for members of this club. Sundays 7:30 - 9:30 pm Austin Tango Connection hosts a practica (practice session) at Tapestry Studios, 507-B Pressler, admission $3. For more information, contact [email protected].
Live music and dancing Tuesday through Saturday. Food is also available at the Broken Spoke. Fairly large facility. See their web page for more informaiton.
Latin dancing on Saturday nights.
East Coast Swing dance instruction on Wednesday nights. 7:30pm beginners. 8:30pm intermediate. 9:30pm advanced. $6 per person.
Various Swing lessons Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Swing bands live various nights.
On Thursdays, Salsa dancing to DJ music.
A popular place for country western dancing. The music is mostly 2-step, western waltz, polka and jitterbug. Occasionally, the disk jockey plays a set suitable for west coast swing (or whip). There is a buffet every night starting around 6:00 pm. The cover charge ranges from $1 - $3, depending on the night. Free lessions are given on Tuesday nights starting at 7:00 pm. Sunday nights usually a group from the Heart of Texas Whip Dance Club show up for practice.
Changed name to "Go Dance," with new ownership. See entry for "Go Dance."
Thursday nights, the students go dancing at one of the local C/W clubs.
Note: according to Jonathan Bard, dance dreams is no longer in business.
Independent instructor working (currently) out of the Hills Fitness Center. Teaches a variety of dances, including international style Standard and Latin, as well as country western. Organizes occational open dances at various locations. Call to enquire.
No open dances, just private and group lessons.
Borinquen is a small family-owned Puerto Rican restaurant and club, featuring Latin music and dancing on Fridays and Saturdays.
Swing and Lindy Hop lessons in various locations in town. Contact them for more informaiton.
This studio is owned by David Cantu, and teaches a variety of Swing, Latin, Ballroom, and Country Western dance classes. David Cantu used to be an independent dance instructor in the Austin scene. This dance studio used to be called Club 183; the change of name came with the change of ownership in early 1998.
Country Western bar and dance hall. Live music on Thursday, DJ music other days from Tuesday to Saturday, medium-sized dance floor.
The club meets on Wednesdays at Murchison Junior High School off of Far West Boulevard west of Loop 1 (Mopac Freeway). Advanced levels begin at 7pm, beginner and intermediate levels at 8pm. Call the hotline at 512-404-9881 for details about what is being taught each month.
The club also meets on Tuesday and Friday after work (6pm) at the club Tanjerines which is adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel in the Arboretum.
One of the more popular local Latin dance venues, La Bodega is a restaurant by day and a nightclub in the evening, Tuesday thru Saturday. It is located between 4th and 5th on Colorado.
QuickSilver Dance Center is located in Rm #H-101 of the North Austin Business Park, 8711 Burnet at Polaris, 1 block south of Hwy 183. Class fees for 4-week courses are $55/couple, $30/single. One-night workshops cost $25/couple, $15/single. C&W practice every Sunday 6-8pm, and general practice every Wednesday 6-9pm. Practices are open to the public. Quicksilver concentrates mostly on Country and Western: 2-Step, C/W swing, Western Waltz, Whip, and Jitterbug. They also offer a ballroom workshop on Fridays.
Latin dancing on Thursdays and to some extent on Saturdays. Swing on other occasions. Small dance floor.
A bar offering country dancing.
Formerly known as "Dance Across Texas." Honkey-Tonk Wednesday thru Sunday untill 2am to live music. The club opens at 5pm on Wednesday, 4pm on Thursday and Friday, and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Large floor.
Country and Western bar and dance hall, with medium-sized floor.
Whip and swing dancing in a nightclub atmosphere. The Heart Of Texas whip club meets here for dance practice on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
An upscale bar with a dance floor. Latin or Swing dancing, call for more information.
Variety of dance classes and activities. Dance classes in Spring and Fall semester. There are two major events sponsored by this club: The Great Waltz every Fall, where you have the opportunity to dress to the hilt and dance the night away in the beautiful Texas Union Ballroom to Vienese Waltz and Polka, played by the Austin Civic orchestra. One of the better annual events in Texas and very well attended by dancers (both collegiate and otherwise) from Austin, Houston and Dallas. The other event, which is rather new, is the New Year Swing Out, where you can dance swing and some Latin to the sounds of a live band.
short list is a glossary of the places to dance locally, including addresses and phone numbers. This section should serve as a quick reference. If you already know where you want to go, and need the address or the phone number, this is the place to look. Because of its brevity, finding an item is often easier here.
If you need more extensive information, then the long list will probably serve you better. This section contains comprehensive information on the times, locations, and prices of dance events. In many cases, directions and maps are also provided.
To facilitate the finding of specific dance venues, dance types are grouped into the following classes:
If you feel that the information you need is not represented here, please read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) before contacting me.
Thanks are due to Jonathan Bard and Jim Davis for contributing information to the Austin Dance page.
If you would like to have a studio or dance spot listed in this page, contact me at [email protected]. Any new information on the listed items (including change of schedule, location, or owner) will be appreciated by your fellow dancers who visit this page. Finally, if any of the establishments make a strong impression on you in any way (positive or negative), I'd like to hear about it from you.
The material in this page constitutes no express or implied endorsements.
Last Modified 3 December 1998
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