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

February 14-16, 2020

Bayou Bedlam is the annual contra­dance festival held in Houston, Texas. The 2020 festival, our 26th, features Susan Michaels calling to Pete's Posse and takes place over the Valentine Day / Presidents Day weekend.

Pete's Posse Susan Michaels

Pete's Posse is

See their website for bios, sound tracks, and videos.

Susan Michaels is making her third trip to Texas as a featured caller, having previously thrilled dancers in Austin (2007) and Dallas (2016). This is her first appearance in Houston.

Susan Michaels has been described as “an unstoppable force of attitude” and has been calling contras for as long as would command respect but not so long as to imply she’s losing her undeniable charm and precise skill.

Susan specializes in calling fun and flirty dances with impeccable flow. Her teaching is concise, clear, and effective based on her patented Calling Method known as “Shut Up and Dance.” She is known for her dry wit and occasionally inappropriate sense of humor, and believes it is her calling in life to facilitate joy.

At A Glance

  • Loop 610 will be closed in both directions at the interchange with I-69 near the Galleria during each weekend in February. Details in this Houston Chronicle article.
  • 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:

    Please join us!

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