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

Schedule

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Last updated 11/01/2019.

Friday, February 14
7:00–8:00 pm Registration
8:00–11:00 pm Dance with Susan and Pete's Posse
Saturday, February 15
9:30–10:00 am Coffee, continental breakfast, and registration.
10:00–11:00 am Morning Cup of Contras with Susan and the BB Festival Band
11:00–Noon Transcendent Transistions with Susan and the BB Festival Band
12:15–1:30 pm Lunch by Alice and the All Star Chefs
1:30–2:30 pm Dancing Outside the Box with Susan and Pete's Posse
2:45–4:30 pm Open Callers' Mic (limited slots) with Pete's Posse
4:30–8:00 pm Dinner on your own
8:00–11:00 pm Dance with Susan and Pete's Posse
Sunday, February 16
10:30–Noon Brunch by Alice and the All Star Chefs
Noon–1:00 pm Souped Up Chestnuts with Susan and Pete's Posse
1:00–2:00 pm Final Dance Party featuring dances by Gene Hubert with Susan and Pete's Posse
2:00–2:30 pm Cleanup and move out.

Workshops

Morning Cup of Contras
Fun and flirty contra dances to get the day off to a good start. Includes stretches and warm-ups for mind and body.
Transcendent Transistions
How to make your dancing smooth, horizontal, and zen. Learn the little moments between the figures that can create a magic dance.
Dancing Outside the Box
Contra dances outside of the usual “box” of hands four. Includes triples, quads, squantras, grid contra dances and dances in even weirder formations (e.g. contra for seven couples, contra for 11 people).
Souped Up Chestnuts
Adapting traditional dances like Petronella and Chorus Jig for the modern hardcore dancer. Susan says “This might upset traditionalists but I love chestnuts and there are lots of ways for dancers to get creative and avoid standing around doing nothing. Yes, people know how to steal a swing when they’re 2s but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.” This workshop teaches 2s how to create their own mirror dance without getting in the way.
Final Dance Party featuring dances by Gene Hubert
An appreciation of one of the greatest dance choreographers of all time. A selection of Gene’s iconic dances with impeccable flow and innovative figures.

For the good are always the merry, Save by an evil chance;
And the merry love the fiddle, And the merry love to dance.
~ from The Fiddler of Dooney ~ William Butler Yeats