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

February 8-10, 2019

Bayou Bedlam is the annual contra­dance festival held in Houston, Texas. The 2019 festival, our 25th, introduces Dana Parkinson and Nova to Texas dancers.

Dana ParkinsonNova

Nova is:

For more information about our featured talent, including video and audio samples, please visit their respective websites:

At A Glance

ECD Before Bayou Bedlam

Our regular First Thursday English Country dance is scheduled for February 7. This regular dance will not involve Nova or Dana, but if you like ECD, come join us on the 7th for more dancing.

HATDS ECD meets at First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin at Southmore, from 7:15 to 9:15 pm. Park on Southmore or in the office parking lot behind the church; do not park in the bank parking lot across the street. Enter the building from Southmore. Admission is $7.50.

Why Attend Bayou Bedlam?

You'll be joining dancers from all over Texas, the United States, and beyond. Bayou Bedlam is also a great value for your money; in fact, we believe that it is one of the best values in contra dance weekend festivals. Here's why:

  • Unlike many contra dance groups, we are fortunate to have an older hall with a sprung wood floor that was built specifically for dancing.
  • Houston's February weather is normally mild—comfortably cool and sunny.
  • The food! We include home-cooked lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday as well as snacks during the evening dances.
  • We offer the opportunity for callers in attendance to work with the featured band and for musicians to work with the featured caller. See the schedule page for details.
  • We strive to keep the price as low as possible while not losing money, and we offer several discounts.

Please join us!

Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health—it rusts your spirit and your hips.
~ Adabella Radici