Dancing places in Greater Austin
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Arthur Murray moved in July 2008 to 13344 Hwy 183 North, Suite 285, on the east side of Hwy 183 between McNeil Drive and Anderson Mill Road in the Anderson Arbor Shopping Center behind Cheddars and Red Robin. For more information, call 512-454-7663.
Balance Dance Studios are located across from Central Market South at 4544 S Lamar Blvd, building 200, behind the AT&T Center at Westgate & South Lamar. As of October 1, 2012, clases include instruction by Mark Moy, formerly of Rhythmic Motion. For more information, call 512-215-8727.
Dance Institute opened May 17, 2008, at 6612 Sitio Del Rio Blvd in Northwest Austin. They offer children's ballet, adult group dance classes, and fitness programs including yoga and Pilates. For directions, see their map. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-346-6612.
Galaxy Dance Studios is located in South Austin at 1700 S. Lamar, Suite 338 on the southwest corner of Lamar Blvd and Collier St near Yoga Yoga, with plenty of free parking. Galaxy has four studios with 5x sprung marmoleum or maple wood dance floors, also available to rent. Dance classes for adults include various styles of partner dance, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Belly Dance and Breakdance. Fitness classes include Zumba, Zumba Toning and Pilates. Youth classes include Breakdance, Jazz, Hip Hop and Creative Movement and Drawing. See their web site for current class schedule or call 512-442-5299 for more information.
Go Dance is located in the Northcross Mall at 2525 W Anderson Ln. From MoPac, take the Anderson Lane exit and go east to the Northcross Mall between the Guitar Center and Wallpapers To Go, facing Schlotzsky's. As you come through the north entrance to the mall, the studio is on your left.
MC DanceSport Studio (formerly Danse Royale Dance Studio and Adagio International) is located in Houston at 14520 Memorial Dr, Suite 59, in the Calliope Center between Dairy Ashford and Tully. On Memorial Drive, look for the CiCi's Pizza sign and turn in, then go straight back. David Appel hosts a monthly party there from 8:30 to midnight including refreshments (BYOB). The studio has four ballrooms on multiple levels with maple wood floors, and five air conditioners to keep it cool.  David plays a mix of pop, jazz, soul, and blues great for dancing West Coast Swing, Whip, and Hustle. For more information, call 281-679-6600 or send them a note.
PAIYH (Put Art In Your Heart) Dance Studios is located in Bee Cave (far west Austin) at the Hill Country Galleria. They offer dance classes for ages 1 through adult. Adult dance and fitness classes include Ballroom, Bollywood, Ballet Barre, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Zumba. For more information, call 512-291-2179.
QuickSilver, formerly located in Building H, Suite 100, of the North Austin Business Park at 8711 Burnet Rd, offered the last class in the Austin location on December 20, 2009. Owner and instructor Valerie Ryan continues to offer private and group lessons at various locations south of Austin, including Bulverde, New Braunfels, San Antonio, and San Marcos.
Rhythmic Motion offered dance instruction in South Austin from January, 2009, through September, 2012, near the "Y" in Oak Hill at 7010 W Hwy 71, Suite 165. Starting in October, 2012, Mark Moy now offers dance instruction at Balance Dance Studios.
Shirley McPhail School of Dance is located at 8018 Mesa Dr, in the Mesa Plaza Shopping Center next to Mangia pizzeria on the southwest corner of the intersection of Mesa Drive and Spicewood Springs Rd. West Coast Swing classes formerly taught by Angel and Debbie Figueroa may now be enjoyed at the Austin City Dance Club.
The Studio in Jazzercise is located in San Antonio at 1031 Patricia Dr. Exit Loop 410 at Blanco Rd. and go north (outside loop) on Blanco Rd. to West Ave. Turn left on West Ave. and go one block to the first stop light at Patricia Dr. Turn right and you'll see the Churchill West Plaza shopping center on your right. Turn into the parking lot, and you'll find Jazzercise between India Oven and Iguana Bay, with their name painted in bright yellow letters on the storefront.
Texas Union Informal Classes include a variety of dance classes throughout the year, plus many special events of interest to dancers.
West Austin Dance Academy, located at 11420 Bee Cave Rd, Suite B-100, offers classes in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Tumbling, Musical Theater, Pointe, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Cheer and Drill Team for young ladies from 3 to 18 years of age, as well as adult tap classes.
Ascension Lutheran Church is located in North Central Austin at 6420 Hart Lane, just off MoPac south of Far West Blvd. This is where the Heart of Texas West Coast Swing Dance Club meets at 7pm on Thursday nights.
Christ Chapel is located at 510 North Guadalupe St, just off campus from Texas State University in San Marcos. In December, 2013, Guadalupe is under construction, and for about 8 blocks it is one-way the wrong way. Exit #204 and head west. Where the road becomes one way, you are directed to move over 1 block to the right to get on LBJ street. Stay on LBJ past the courthouse and up to the Jack in the Box, where you turn left, back to Guadalupe. Turn right and go two blocks, then turn right into the Christ Chapel parking lot.
The Elks Lodge is located at 700 Dawson Rd, just east of South Lamar Blvd and south of Barton Springs Rd. High on a ridge with plenty of windows and a large patio balcony to enjoy the evening air, the Elks Lodge looks out over the trees with a magnificent view of the nearby Austin skyline.Exclusive Reception Hall is located in San Antonio at 5351 Glen Ridge Dr.
The Gem of the Hills Activity Center, located just north of Blanco at 2233 N Highway 281, is a smoke-free non-alcoholic facility dedicated to "programs and activities of recreation, health, fitness and general welfare."
The Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st Street, sits in the middle of the Hancock Golf Course. The center features a ballroom with hardwood floors in a beautiful park setting. Several Austin area clubs use the center for dance events and instruction.
The Monarch Event Center, 6406 N I-35, Suite 3100, is an 18,000 sq ft. multi-media, all purpose event center located in the Lincoln Village Shopping Center facing Middle Fiskville Road across from the Highland Mall.
The New Braunfels Landa Recreation Center, located in Landa Park at 164 Landa Park Drive, offers a variety of activities including dance lessons with Valerie Ryan. Check the QuickSilver calendar for the latest information.
The Northwest Recreation Center, located in Northwest Austin at 2913 Northland Dr, offers classrooms, a fitness room, a dividable gymnasium, and a large open area for youth and adult dance and fitness programs.
The Senior Activity Center, located in North Austin near Lamar and 29th St, across from the Bicycle Shop (see map) at 2874 Shoal Crest Ave, features a spacious hardwood dance floor. The Fifty Plus Singles Dance Club meets there Wednesday nights at 7:30. The Let's Dance Ballroom Dance Club meets there Friday nights from 7:30 to 9:45pm.
The Starlight Ballroom, also known as SPJST Lodge 18, is a non-smoking historic dance hall located at 702 Highway 95 North in Elgin. Dancers may enjoy Polka, Waltz, or Two Step on a spacious uncrowded floor on Sunday afternoons from 3 to 7pm for $7 with live bands.
The Texas Federation of Women's Clubs' Mansion (also known as The Fed or The Mansion) is located at 2312 San Gabriel St (at 24th St near UT). Four on the Floor and the Austin Swing Syndicate meet there on Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively for a variety of dancing that includes East Coast Swing, Jitterbug, and Lindy Hop.
Texas Old Town is located at 1205 Roland Ln (AKA CR 137) in Kyle, TX. Valerie Ryan often teaches Country & Western dance classes there in the smallest building, Red Bud Hall. From Austin, exit #210, stay on the access road going south, turn right onto CR 137. Texas Old Town is 1 mile up the road, at the right-angle curve. You may register online or by e-mail and pay by cash or check at the door.
Dance clubs and organizations
Alamo West Coast Swing Club in San Antonio meets from 7 to 11pm on Tuesdays at the Ballroom Dance Annex at 8123 Broadway St. They also sponsor workshops and dance parties every second Saturday from 7:30 to 11pm at the Ballroom Dance Academy.
Austin Ballroom Dancers, established in 1981, is a social organization dedicated to ballroom dancing. ABD sponsors dances, classes, and workshops for people of all ages. As a non-profit organization, ABD is able to fulfill its mission at a reasonable cost to all participants. Classes meet at Hancock Recreation Center Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with two one-hour classes each evening. Dances are held from 7:30 to 11pm on first, third, and fifth Saturdays at Go Dance Studios (Anderson Lane location). The fun begins at 7:30 with a 30 minute mini-lesson, included in the price of admission, just $5 for members, students, and affiliates, or $8 for everyone else. You do not need a partner to attend. Call the ABD Hotline at 512-989-3939, or check the ABD website for more information on class schedules and affordable lesson pricing.
The Austin City Dance Club offers lessons in West Coast Swing, Hustle, and Blues Dancing with champion instructors like Taletha Jouzdani, Angel & Debbie Figueroa, Mike Topel and Campbell Miller at the Ben Hur Shrine Temple, 7811 Rockwood Lane.
Austin International Folk Dancers meet at the Hancock Recreation Center Saturday nights at 7pm. Adults, children, singles, and couples at all skill levels are invited to enjoy line dances, couples dances, and mixers.
Austin Swing Syndicate meets at the Fed Mansion on Thursday evenings from 8pm to midnight. Membership of $30 per year ($20 for students) get you $3 off the $6 cover charge for weekly dances at the Fed. Their weekly dance at the Fed includes free basic dance lessons, with music favoring East Coast Swing, Jitterbug, and Lindy Hop. Average attendance for their Thursday night dances is around 300 people of various skill levels from total beginners to professional Swing dancers. On the third Thursday of the month, they also offer a West Coast Swing beginner lesson from 8:30 to 9:30, followed by WCS dancing from 9:30 to 11:30 in a corner parlor at the mansion.
Dance Georgetown Texas (USA Dance Chapter #5034 of Williamson County) meets every third Sunday in the Sun City Village Center ballroom, featuring a free lesson from 2-3pm and dancing from 3-5pm. Be sure to check their calendar for special events or schedule exceptions. The club promotes ballroom, Country & Western, and Swing dancing, and welcomes dancers at all levels of experience.
EsquinaTango Cultural Society of Austin, located at 209 Pedernales St in East Austin, promotes Latino heritage, recreational Tango, and other Argentine traditions with a variety of Salsa and Tango classes and social events. For more information, call 512-524-2772.
Four on the Floor meets at the Fed Mansion on Tuesday evenings with classes beginning at 7:15 and open dancing free for all at 9:45. Music is selected for dancing East Coast Swing, Jitterbug, and Lindy Hop.
The Heart of Texas West Coast Swing Dance Club teaches and dances all levels of West Coast Swing on Thursday evenings at Ascension Lutheran Church, 6420 Hart Lane. Heading south of Far West Blvd on the MoPac access road, turn right on Hart Lane shortly after the access road becomes two-way, where it's also called Balcones Dr. Up Hart Lane and just over the hill, turn left into the parking lot. Special events include their summer Anniversary Party and winter Christmas Party. Newcomers enjoy the first night of classes and dancing at no charge. Effective 10/1/2013, dues are $36 for 12 months for $3 off the $8 regular class fee, or four monthly classes for just $15. Effective 6/6/2013, the regular club meeting schedule is:
- 6:45 - 7:00: Registration and warmup
- 7:00 - 7:55: Fundamentals A: Fundamentals of West Coast Swing six count patterns. Should be repeated until the dancer is comfortable with the moves.
- 7:00 - 7:55: Level 3: intermediate level patterns off of the basic 6 and 8-count moves, footwork, styling, and introductory musicality.
- 7:55 - 8:35: Announcements, birthday and anniversary celebration, open dancing.
- 8:35 - 9:30: Fundamentals B: Fundamentals of West Coast Swing eight count patterns. May be taken in conjunction with Fundamentals A, and should be repeated until the dancer is comfortable with the moves.
- 8:35 - 9:30: Performance team
Let's Dance Ballroom Dance Club meets at the Senior Activity Center on Friday nights from 7:30 to 9:45pm with a live band playing a mix of Cha-Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Waltz and more. It's just $5 for members or $7 for non-members. Membership is $30/yr. Dances are smoke and alcohol free. There is a special theme dance every month.
The Traditional Austin Area Dance Association (TAADA) holds 8 or more contra and English Country dances every month. Dancers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. For information and schedule, go to our Web site or send e-mail.
The University of Texas Ballroom Dance Club offers dance lessons to UT students, faculty, and staff. All other club events are open to the public, including dances, workshops, social outings, movie days, and competitive events.
Dance halls, honky tonks, bars and nightclubs
Texas Dance Hall Preservation and Honky Tonk Texas each list dozens of interesting and historic dance halls all over Texas, including many in the nearby Texas Hill Country. Honky Tonk Texas also provides a wealth of information on past and present country music performing artists, Honky Tonk Legends.
The Blue Bubble Ballroom, located just outside the 410 Loop in San Antonio at 9315 N. Broadway St, features the 3800 square foot Carroll Grand Ballroom, an 840 square foot stage, and seating for up to 800.
Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar Blvd., is recognized as one of Texas' most definitive dance halls, celebrating some of the best in Texas honky tonk music Tuesday through Saturday. Their adjoining restaurant is known for their chicken fried steak. They are located on South Lamar less than a mile north of Ben White (between I-35 and MoPac in South Austin).
Club 21, est. 1893, was the oldest continuously operated country dance hall in Texas, located 30 miles south of Austin on Highway 21 in Uhland at 1 N Old Spanish Trl. The establishment burned down October 24, 2010. There are no plans to rebuild.
Cowboys - San Antonio, 3030 NE Loop 410, is a multi-level entertainment megaplex featuring one of the biggest dance floors in Texas. They play a good mix of DJ music, generally followed about 10pm by a fine house band, whose live music renditions are equally good for dancing. Plan to arrive by 7pm to also enjoy a $3 lesson with Diana Wall.
To come straight from Austin to Cowboys:
Traveling south from Austin on I-35, just after 1000 Oaks Drive, and just before the LP 410 and I-35 interchange:
- Exit Windcrest / Randolph Blvd. / Crestway Dr. (exit 167A)
If you miss it:
- Stay on I-35 south.
- Exit Walzem and go right.
- Take second right after railroad on Interchange Parkway.
- Continue on Interchange Parkway past Fratt Rd.
- You'll see it on your left.
- Stay in the middle lane and go through the intersection.
- Take the first right after the bridge. You'll see a railroad crossing.
- Take the first right after crossing the railroad tracks onto Interchange Parkway.
- You'll see it on your left.
Donn's Depot, 1600 W 5th St, boasts of being Austin's largest piano bar. They are open 2pm to 2am Monday through Friday, and 6pm to 2am on Saturday. From MoPac, (Loop 1) exit 5th St, proceed to West Lynn, and take a left. They are located on the NW corner of 5th and West Lynn. For more information, call 512-478-0336.
Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd in New Braunfels, was built in 1878, making it the oldest continually running dance hall in Texas. It is well known for live music by big name performers who got their start here. When popular bands play, dancers may expect the audience to fill the floor, which is well seasoned with many imperfections. In the summer, be prepared for the lack of air conditioning in this historic landmark.
The HighBall, located in South Austin at 1142 South Lamar Blvd next to the Alamo Draft House, features eight bowling lanes, seven karaoke rooms, and a modest dance floor, with food, cocktails, and decor in the ambiance of the early 1960s.
Kick Butt Coffee is located in central Austin at 5775 Airport Blvd. This full service coffee shop, bar, and nightclub features live music, comedy, dancing, and other special performances. Friday night Blues dancing formerly hosted at Kick Butt Coffee is now available at Go Dance.
Lamberts is a historic landmark in downtown Austin at 401 West 2nd Street, featuring a variety of cuisine, cocktails, and locally brewed beers on tap, with a small floor for dancing to live music upstairs five nights a week.
Locker Room (formerly South Forty) at South First and Ben White is the new location of the Blues Jam that used to be in Gino's (Blues Church) on Sunday nights. They have a nice dance floor, and lots of places to sit to listen to the live music performed by top Austin musicians. The place has been completely remodeled, and includes big screen TVs, pool tables, X-Box, etc. Music starts at 8:30 Sunday night and goes to after midnight. [Thanks to Peggy & Lloyd Morris 11/24/7 & 8/31/8]
Mavericks Country Rock, opened July 20, 2012, with smoke-free dancing Tuesday through Sunday, just off I-35 in North Austin at 1700 Grand Avenue Pkwy (within sight of Graham Central Station). The club features a 1500 sq ft raised hardwood floor, state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, four full service bars, and an outdoor patio and deck for all to enjoy. Doors open at 5pm Tuesday through Sunday, with no cover charge before 9pm. Sundays are well attended by dancers, with free dance lessons from 5:30 to 6pm, and a skilled dancer DJ playing great mix of C&W and Swing dance music from 6 to 9pm.
Mercer Street Dancehall is located at 332 Mercer Street in Dripping Springs. Doors open at 6pm. As of February, 2013, John Luper provides a free C&W dance lesson there on Saturday nights from 7:15 to 8:15. The cover charge for this live music venue ranges from $7 to $12 or more, depending on the band.
- Take I-35 south past the Oltorf St exit to the Woodward St exit (not to be confused with Woodland Ave two exits earlier), then head east on Woodward to Midnight Rodeo.
- Take MoPac (Loop 1) south via 360 Loop south to SR 71 (Ben White), then head east on Ben White and take the Woodward St exit to Midnight Rodeo.
- Take US 183 south all the way to SR 71 (Ben White), then head west with a U-turn at Woodward St to Midnight Rodeo.
Heading east on Ben White, the main entrance is right below their big sign at the northeast corner of the club. There is also a back entrance to their parking lot off Woodward between the bus stop and the railroad tracks.
Doors open at 8pm on Saturday nights with a $5 cover charge for guys and $4 for ladies. There are currently no dance lessons. Dancers are encouraged to bring a partner or arrange group outings as attendance may be affected by special events elsewhere, yet the spacious floor is far superior to every other nightclub in the Austin area, and the DJ is very receptive to any C&W titles requested, making this a perfect spot to enjoy all kinds of great C&W dancing on Saturday nights.
Ropers Nightclub closed in February 2008.
Rusty's is located in downtown Austin at 405 E 7th St. At 8pm on the first Thursday of the month starting May 5, 2011, John Quarto-vonTivadar hosts a free monthly West Coast Swing dance open to all ages accompanied by an adult, including a free lesson with a rotating professional instructor. For more information, see Blue Moon Swing.
Ruta Maya - South Austin, 3601 South Congress Ave, is located in the Penn Field Business Center, about half a mile north of Ben White Blvd. Every Sunday from 2 to 5pm, Street Salsa offers several levels of Cuban Casino style Salsa instruction and practice.
SW DanceNews & Beyond is a free e-newsletter that is mailed quarterly. It has information about Swing, Country and Hustle events (including a little Salsa & Tango) from across the country, as well other general information about dance. If you'd like to receive this e-newsletter (or a one-time sampler), reply to Susan and Gary Kellogg with "Add SW" in the subject line. They currently have over 3000 subscribers.