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


Full Weekend

This section is for those registering for the full weekend.

  • Register and pay online; or
  • Fill out the online form, print the review page (there's a button for that purpose), and mail it with a check or bring it to a dance; or
  • Fill out the online form, email our registrar that you're coming (there's a button for that also), and pay with cash or check at the door; or
  • Register at the door and pay with cash or check.

When you register online, pay­ment is made through PayPal using a credit card. A PayPal account is not required.

Adult Dancer
$95 with membership, senior, and early regis­tra­tion discounts available. The early regis­tra­tion discount ends at midnight CST on January 31, 2020.
$45 with no other discounts. A student is an adult 18 through 25 who can show a student ID.
Adult Non-dancer
$45 with no other discounts.
Under 18
Welcome at no charge, but must be accompanied by a res­pon­sible adult.

Requests for refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis. They must be made in writing and can be mailed or emailed. The earlier you submit a request, the more likely you are to receive a refund.

We may keep a small amount to cover our expenses.

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.

Individual Sessions

If you plan to attend most or all of the sessions, use the buttons in the Full Weekend section above to register. You'll save money.

You are able to preregister online for indi­vidual sessions using a credit card. You can also wait and pay at the door with cash or check.

There are no refunds given for indi­vidual ses­sions.

See the schedule page for times and work­shops.

Non-dancers must register and pay at the door. Click on the Fees button for details.

  • Friday evening dance: $25
  • Saturday morning with lunch: $20
  • Saturday afternoon with lunch: $20
  • Saturday evening dance: $25
  • Sunday brunch and dance: $25


HATDS members will receive a $5.00 discount at any one of the $25 sessions.

The single session fee for a non-dancer is $10 and must be paid at the door.

Young people under 18 are welcome at no charge at all times as long as they are accompanied by a res­pon­sible adult. They can be regis­tered online with a dancing adult.

There are no other discounts given for individual sessions.

If you are attending part time and would like to request home hospitality, email with your request.

Please understand that full time attendees have priority. You will be placed only if there is space available after all pre­re­gis­ter­ed full time attendees have been placed, regardless of registration date. If you really need home hospitality, register early for the full weekend and request hospitality through that pro­cess, and/or have a backup plan.

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.
~ Vicki Baum