Schedule

This is last year's schedule, details for 2017 coming soon.

Tentative Schedule - details subject to change
Ben Hur Shrine -- Main Ballroom
Fri. Nov. 18  
6:00 pm Registration begins
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

EVENING OF CONTRA DANCING
Music: Jamie Laval and Owen Morrison.
Calling: Susan Petrick.
Join us as we welcome our band and caller for an evening of inspiring music and dancing.

11:15 pm - 1:00 am AFTER-PARTY and RUSH FEST
Music: Recorded
Calling: Emily Rush
Contra dancing has always been danced to the popular music of its time. Emily has been expanding this tradition around the United States by calling dances to popular recorded music from a variety of genres. Hey, if its got 8 measures of 8 beats we can dance to it! For the young and young at heart. Experience this exciting new variation on contra.
Sat. Nov. 19  
9:00 am - 10:30 am

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE SESSION
Music: Ray Quigley and Allison Hicks
Calling: Martha Quigley
The more formal cousin of contra dancing. Enjoy a sample of English Country Dancing,
a little slower and more choreographed than contra. A lovely way to start a day of dancing. Martha, Ray and Allison join us from Dallas where they have been organizing and performing for contra and English dances for many years.

10:45 am -12:15 pm WALTZ BASICS WORKSHOP
Music: Ray Quigley and Allison Hicks
Calling: Susan Petrick
Waltzing is a perfect time to practice your dance communication (leading and following).
Would you like to learn, brush up or help new dancers with their waltzing skills? Workshop
will include ideas on leading and following. Don't miss out on this delightful way to enjoy
beautiful music and interesting partners.
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

LUNCH
on your own, many nearby eateries.
or
CALLERS’ WORKSHOP

Led by: Susan Petrick
Susan shares tips, ideas and techniques for improving your calling and building bigger dance community. How to keep those new dancers engaged and willing to return.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CONTRA FLOURISHES WORKSHOP
Music: Jamie Laval & Owen Morrison
Calling: Susan Petrick
Improve your dancing skills. Susan will give tips on flourishes and embellishments. How to safely and charmingly increase your fun potential. The opportunities are only limited by time and space.
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm POPULAR SCOTTISH CEILIDH DANCES
Music: Jamie Laval & Owen Morrison
Calling: Jamie Laval
Join us and experience the energetic music and dance of Scotland. This is a specialty of Jamie’s, he will play, teach and call. Meet the other cousin of contra dance from across the pond. Kilts and ghillies optional.
5:15 pm - 8:00 pm Dinner Break
Many nearby eateries
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm CONTRA DANCE PARTY
Music: Jamie Laval & Owen Morrison
Calling: Susan Petrick
The theme this year is Fire Colors. If you like, come dressed in fire colors yellow, orange or red. Maybe even white if you are feeling extra hot. Jamie, Owen and Susan will again thrill us with their wonderful music and great dances.
11:15 pm - 1:00 am SATURDAY AFTER-PARTY
  After dancing, relax and socialize at Jan's place not far from the dance hall. Maps and directions will be available at the dance.
Sun. Nov. 20  
10:00 am - 11:00 am POTLUCK BRUNCH
  on premises
11:00 am - noon ADVANCED WALTZ TECHNIQUES
Music: Jamie Laval & Owen Morrison
Calling: Susan Petrick
Sunday morning is a lovely time for waltzing. Practice your waltz steps from yesterday’s workshop and learn a few more advanced tips from Susan. You won’t want to miss dancing to these fabulous waltzes from Jamie and Owen.
noon - 12:30 pm FREE WALTZ to recorded music, brief break, set up for contra
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm FINAL CONTRA
Music: Jamie Laval & Owen Morrison
Calling: Susan Petrick
We will wrap up the weekend with more dancing with our new and old friends, to more of the fantastic music from Jamie and Owen, with more great calling from Susan.
3:00 pm - ? WIND-DOWN AFTER-PARTY
Meet at Ann and Scott’s house for socializing and relaxing. They live a little ways outside of town on the south-east side, out TX71, past the airport. If you take I-10 to Houston, this is on your way home. There will be food, hot-tubbing and jamming for those that care to. Pick up maps and directions at the dance.
 
Meanwhile in the side room...
Ben Hur Shrine -- Sideroom
Sat. Nov. 19  
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm FAMILY BARN DANCE
Caller: Marc Airhart
Music: The Rising Gorge Boys (Stefan Keydel, Jon Polacheck, and Jerry Hagins)
A delightful, interactive and beginner-friendly dance for elementary aged children and their parents.
All weekend SHIRT SWAP and DANCE CLOTHING EXCHANGE
  Clean out that closet, let someone else enjoy those old dancing clothes. Or find something new to you! Bring an item, take an item or take an item and leave a small donation.