Bayou Bedlam, the contra dance weekend in Houston, Texas Bayou Bedlam, the contra dance weekend in Houston, Texas

Frequently Asked Questions

What time do the sessions begin?
Found on the schedule page.
How much does the whole weekend cost?
Found on the registration page.
How much do individual sessions cost?
Found on the registration page under "Attending Part Time?".
Can I pay for individual sessions in advance or with a credit card?
Not at this time. Individual sessions must be paid for by cash or check at the door.
Where is this event held?
Found on the Locations Page.
Do you have a list of nearby restaurants?
Surely; it's found on the Restaurants Page.
Are there motels that you recommend or have negotiated a group rate with?
No, although there is information and links on the Lodging page that will help you find a hotel or Airbnb in the nearby zip codes.
Do you offer home hospitality?
Yes we do, on a first-come, first-served basis. Obviously we can not guarantee home hospitality for everyone who requests it, but we will surely try. Those who register for the full weekend have priority over those who are attending part time.

If you have concerns about your specific needs (allergies, transportation, etc) you are welcome to email before you register. For a list of motels, see the Lodging page.
If I register and then can't come, can I get a refund?
Probably yes, but refunds are handled on a case-by-case basis and there may be a small fee to cover our expenses. You must request a refund in writing by emailing or sending a letter to our mailing address: HATDS / BB18, P.O. Box 701235, Houston, TX 77270-1235. The earlier you request a refund, the more likely you are to receive one.
What do you mean by "fragrance-free, no cologne zone"?
Many people have reactions, ranging from mild to serious, to unclean air. Although we don't usually think of perfumes, colognes, scented deodorants, and the like as air pollutants, they, in fact, are.

In consideration of those of us who are sensitive, and for your own health, please use unscented deodorants, soaps, and shampoos before coming to the dance and leave the perfumes and colognes at home.

For more on this subject, see our Why Fragrance Free? page on the HATDS website.
I've never contra danced before. Is this event good for people new to contra dance?
It's great for newcomers! Festival events such as Bayou Bedlam attract good dancers from all over the country. It's actually easier for a beginner to learn the figures than it is at a regular local dance where the ratio of experienced dancers to beginners is often lower.

That being said, you will learn the most and progress the quickest at the daytime workshops, so be sure to come to them, not just the evening dance parties. And the experienced dancers who come to the workshops might be more willing to help you during the day compared to the evening dance parties, when most want to dance with other experienced dancers.

Finally, be forewarned: contra dancing can be addictive, and is totally healthy for your body, mind, and spirit!
I've never contra danced before. Can you tell me something about it?
Surely; see this page. You can also see scores of contra dance videos on YouTube.

It's like a rhythmic swirl of awesomeness and dancing.
~ Alix Hamburger, a 10th grader describing contra dance.