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.
This page is no longer actively maintained.

Contents:

* Short List

* Long List

* How to find the information you need?

* About this page


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Please send comments, additions and corrections to [email protected]. Please read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) before sending any questions.


Short List

(in alphabetical order)


Dance Spot

Address

Telephone

Arthur Murray Dance Studios 2700 W. Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757 512-454-7663
Austin Ballroom Dancers P.O. Box 4571 512-459-1789
Austin Tango Connection . 512-480-9899
Broken Spoke 3201 S. Lamar, Austin, TX 78704 512-442-6189
Calle Ocho Cafe and Club 706 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701 512-474-6605
Carousel Lounge 1110 E 52nd Street, Austin, TX 78723 512-472-8402
Caucus Club 912 Red River St Austin, TX 78701 512-472-2873
Club Pabneras 217 Congress Ave. 479-5002
Club Rio 110 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704 512-462-9222
The Continental Club 1315 S Congress Ave 441-2444
Dallas Nightclub 7113 Burnet Rd., Austin TX 78757 512-452-2801
Dance Across Texas Renamed to Silver Dollar Dance Hall .
Dance Club 183 Now is "Go Dance" .
Dance Dreams No longer in business .
Dance International / Stewart Yaros Hills Fitness Center, 4615 Bee Caves Rd, Austin, TX 78746 512-301-1921
512-327-4881
Dancing With Style 1901 W William Cannon Blvd #121, Austin, TX 78745 512-448-4994
El Borinquen 2728 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704 512-443-4252
Four on the Floor . 512-453-3889
Go Dance 9029 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758 512-454-7887
Hang'em High Saloon 201 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701 512-322-9143
Heart of Texas Whip Dance Club PO Box 200173, Austin TX 78720 512-404-9881
Jean Mueller School of Dance P.O. Box 14762, Austin 477-4711
Learn to Dance Austin 8603 Hathaway Dr, Austin, TX 78757 512-450-0200
Miguel's La Bodega 415 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 512-472-2369
Odom Chester C-W & Ballroom Dance 7812 Tisdale Drive 458-6087
Quicksilver Dancers P.O. Box 9185, Austin, TX 78766 512-302-4324
The Ritz 320 E. 6th St, Austin, TX 7870 512-474-2270
Ropers 2113 Wells Branch Pkwy, Austin, TX 78728 512-990-5991
Silver Dollar Dance Hall 2201 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78741 512-441-9101
The South 40 629 W. Ben White, Austin, TX 78704 512-444-9329
Tangerine's 9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759 512-343-2626
Top of the Marc 618 W. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701 512-472-8402
University of Texas Ballroom Dance Club UT Austin Campus .



Long List

/Ballroom/
** Arthur Murray Dance Studios
2700 W. Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757
512-454-7663
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.

/Ballroom/
** Austin Ballroom Dancers

P.O. Box 4571
512-459-1789

/Ballroom/
** Austin Tango Connection

512-480-9899
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].

/Country/
** Broken Spoke

3201 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
512-442-6189
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/
** Calle Ocho Cafe and Club

706 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
512-474-6605
Latin dancing on Saturday nights.

/Swing/
** Carousel Lounge

1110 E 52nd Street, Austin, TX 78723
512-472-8402
East Coast Swing dance instruction on Wednesday nights. 7:30pm beginners. 8:30pm intermediate. 9:30pm advanced. $6 per person.

/Swing/
** Caucus Club

912 Red River St Austin, TX 78701
512-472-2873
Various Swing lessons Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Swing bands live various nights.

/Latin/
** Club Pabneras

217 Congress Ave.
479-5002

/Latin/
** Club Rio

110 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704
512-462-9222
On Thursdays, Salsa dancing to DJ music.

/Swing/
** The Continental Club

1315 S Congress Ave
441-2444

/Country/
** Dallas Nightclub

7113 Burnet Rd., Austin TX 78757
512-452-2801
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.

/Ballroom/
** Dance Club 183

9029 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758
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Changed name to "Go Dance," with new ownership. See entry for "Go Dance."

/Ballroom/
** Dance Dreams

7801 N. Lamar Blvd.
512-450-0045
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.

/Ballroom/
** Dance International / Stewart Yaros

Hills Fitness Center, 4615 Bee Caves Rd, Austin, TX 78746
512-301-1921
512-327-4881 (H.F.C.)

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.

/Ballroom/
** Dancing With Style

1901 W William Cannon Blvd #121, Austin, TX 78745
512-448-4994

No open dances, just private and group lessons.

/Latin/
** El Borinquen

2728 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
512-443-4252

Borinquen is a small family-owned Puerto Rican restaurant and club, featuring Latin music and dancing on Fridays and Saturdays.

/Swing/
** Four on the Floor:

512-453-3889
Swing and Lindy Hop lessons in various locations in town. Contact them for more informaiton.

/??/
** Go Dance

9029 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758
512-454-7887
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/
** Hang'em High Saloon

201 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701
512-322-9143
Country Western bar and dance hall. Live music on Thursday, DJ music other days from Tuesday to Saturday, medium-sized dance floor.

/Swing/
** Heart of Texas Whip Dance Club

PO Box 200173, Austin TX 78720
512-404-9881
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.

/Ballroom/
** Jean Mueller School of Dance

P.O. Box 14762, Austin
477-4711

/Country/
** Learn to Dance Austin

8603 Hathaway Dr, Austin, TX 78757
512-450-0200

/Latin/
** Miguel's La Bodega

415 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
512-472-2369
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.

/Country/
** Odom Chester C-W & Ballroom Dance

7812 Tisdale Drive
458-6087

/Ballroom/
** Quicksilver Dancers

P.O. Box 9185, Austin, TX 78766
512-302-4324
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.

/Swing/Latin/
** The Ritz

320 E. 6th St, Austin, TX 7870
512-474-2270
Latin dancing on Thursdays and to some extent on Saturdays. Swing on other occasions. Small dance floor.

/Country/
** Ropers

2113 Wells Branch Pkwy, Austin, TX 78728
512-990-5991
A bar offering country dancing.

/Country/
** Silver Dollar Dance Hall

2201 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78741
512-441-9101
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/
** The South 40

629 W. Ben White, Austin, TX 78704
512-444-9329
Country and Western bar and dance hall, with medium-sized floor.

/Swing/
** Tangerine's

9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
512-343-2626
Whip and swing dancing in a nightclub atmosphere. The Heart Of Texas whip club meets here for dance practice on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

/Swing/Latin/
** Top of the Marc

618 W. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701
512-472-8402
An upscale bar with a dance floor. Latin or Swing dancing, call for more information.

/Ballroom/
** University of Texas Ballroom Dance Club

UT Austin Campus

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.


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How to find the information you need?

This page provides dance information in two main sections. The 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:

  • /Ballroom/ American & International style Smooth and Latin, Argentine Tango
  • /Country/ Country & Western
  • /Latin/ Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia
  • /Swing/ East and West Coast Swing, Lindy, Jitterbug, Hustle
Each category is denoted by a tag, appearing on the right side of the screen opposite the name of the establishment (for graphics capable browsers) or flush left before the name of the establishment (for text-only browsers). Note that the tags should not be taken literally; interpret them according to the above legend. For example, the /Latin/ tag refers to Salsa and Merengue, but not to Cha-Cha and Rumba, which are included in the /Ballroom/ description. Some items are described by more than one category. For example, some studios now offer Country Western as well as ballroom dancing, in which case they are marked with both tags.

If you feel that the information you need is not represented here, please read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) before contacting me.


About this page:

Standard Disclaimer: While I make every effort in ensuring validity and timeliness of the information in this page, I cannot be held responsible for any inconvenience that may result from the usage of this information.

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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