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

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you gender balance?
How much does the whole weekend cost?
Found on the registration page. Click on “Fees for the full weekend”.
How much do individual sessions cost?
Found on the registration page under “Individual Sessions”.

Houston area dancers who are planning to attend part-time should see the Houston Area Dancers page for important information.

Can I pay for individual sessions in advance or with a credit card?
Yes, but there are exceptions. See “Individual Sessions” on the registration 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?
We offer hospitality to full time registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. We can not guarantee home hospitality for everyone who requests it, but we will surely try.

If you have concerns about your specific needs (allergies, transportation, etc) you are welcome to email before you register.

If I register for the full weekend 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 fee to cover our expenses. You must request a refund in writing by emailing or sending a letter to our mailing address:
P.O. Box 701235
Houston, TX 77270-1235

The earlier you request a refund, the more likely you are to receive one.

Since events such as Bayou Bedlam lose money or barely break even in most years, please consider donating the amount of your fee instead of requesting a refund. We'll gladly give you a receipt for your donation.

If I register online for individual sessions and then can't come, can I get a refund?
No. If you're not sure that you can come, it's best to pay at the door.
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?
Festival events such as Bayou Bedlam are not really designed for beginners. That being said, if you've done other types of dance and are a quick learner, a festival can be a great introduction to contra dance because of the large number of experienced dancers in attendance, most of whom are willing to help a beginner.

You will learn the most and progress the quickest at the daytime workshops on Saturday, so be sure to attend those.

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