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

Bayou Bedlam

Sessions & Presenters

In addition to our featured presenters, volunteers will lead or host some of the sessions.

Callers Workshop

1:30-3:00 CST.

Please note:

  • Registration for the workshop will close at noon on February 13.
  • The Zoom room will open at 1:15.
  • The doors will close at 1:35 and no one will be admitted after that time.
  • The workshop may last only an hour or so. We've allowed up to 90 minutes in case extra time is needed.

The focus of the workshop will be Building Community as a Caller.

Whether local or visiting, callers make unique contributions to community-building. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the variety of ways that callers create and make use of a sense of group identity, both in the moment and over time. How does the caller’s role differ from that of organizers and dancers? What benefits have you derived from enhancing community at your dances?

Leader: Louise Siddons.

Louise Siddons has been a caller for contra and English country dance for over a decade. She strives to create a dance experience and atmosphere that is welcoming and fun, and she believes that one of the greatest strengths of traditional dance is its adaptability and responsiveness to the needs of those dancing. That adaptability, and the creativity of the dance community, has been evident over the past ten months, and Louise has been an enthusiastic caller of Zoom dances.

Pandemic or not, she calls across the United States and in the United Kingdom, where she is currently living thanks to a Fulbright research fellowship. The Fulbright program is a diplomatic fellowship program, and so part of her fellowship project is to build ties between the US and UK dance communities. Ask her about dancing in the UK via Zoom!

More on Louise's webpage.

Registration for the callers workshop is closed.

Virtual Band Jam

1:30-3:00 CST

Play along with the lead musicians, but with your sound muted. Our goal is to play tunes that are accessible to most players and have a good time. Non-players are also invited to register and listen in.

We have a list of tunes from which we'll choose and PDFs of those tunes available. A link to those as well as other important details are on the BB21 Virtual Band page.

Leaders: John Bloom, Teresa Hakel, and Keith Holmes

John, Teresa, and Keith play together as the contra dance band Subject to Change. John and Keith also lead Contra Dan's Band, Houston's open-to-all community band.

Register for the Virtual Band

Virtual Band Details


4:30-5:00 CST

The 30 minute Konzert with Kendall & Katie features Houston musicians Kendall Rogers on keyboard and Katie Geringer on fiddle.

A Kentucky native now living in Houston, Kendall Rogers is a piano and bodhran player who also dab­bles in ac­cor­dion, whistle, and DADGAD guitar. He grew up amid the rich folk music and dance traditions of Kentucky and the traditional dance music from other parts of North America as well as Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, and England.


Katie Geringer began studying the violin at the age of 6 and developed an interest in Irish and folk music while in high school. She remained active in the folk and Irish music scene in Tallahassee, Florida while simul­taneously earning a bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education and a Certificate in Violin Perfor­mance as well as teaching middle orchestra for three years.

More on TradConnect.

The Konzert with Kendall & Katie is part of the main events block that also includes dancing and socializing.

Register for the Main Events

Main Events


The main room opens at 3:00, with time for saying hello before the first dance. It is hosted by HATDS' own Jeff Gold and Erica McCready.

Louise will lead the English dance and contra dance, both to recorded music, with the mini-concert and a break in between. Kendall will finish the dancing part of the evening with waltzes.

Finally, enjoy dinner with your friends. The most recent version of Zoom is recommended so that you can choose your own dining/breakout room(s).

Register for the Main Events


All times are after noon Central Standard Time.

See the Sessions and Presenters page for details.

1:30–3:00 Callers Workshop Louise
1:30–3:00 Virtual Band Jam John, Teresa, Keith
3:00–3:30 Main room opens for socializing Jeff & Erica
3:30–4:30 English Country Dance Louise with recorded music
4:30–5:00 Mini-Concert Katie & Kendall
5:00–5:15 Break Jeff
5:15–6:45 Contradance Louise with recorded music
6:45–6:55 Final Waltz(es) Kendall
6:55–?? Social Time, Dinner