Red Hot Ballroom

The National Ballroom Dance Week gala is coming up next week!

Unfortunately, the Red Hot Ballroom event runs simultaneously to RSDS’s on-campus Harvest Moon Ball. Of course, we hope you’ll all attend Harvest Moon Ball to dance the night away with RSDS and our friends from the Houston Swing Dance Society. But, in case you desire a fancier and more ballroom-skewed event, here’s the gist of their event:

  • “Red Hot Ballroom!”
  • Saturday, September 26, 2009
  • 8:00 p.m. – Midnight
  • The Maria Williams Band will play everything from Salsas to Waltzes for your dancing pleasure!
  • Huge Dance Floor
  • Light refreshments
  • BYOB and Chandelier Ballroom beverage service
  • Dance Performances During Band Breaks
  • “Full Table” Prices Available
  • Sponsor Tables (best seats in the house!) Available
  • Evening Attire Required

Dance Location:

  • SPJST Chandelier Ballroom
  • 1435 Beall Street, Houston, TX
  • For information please contact (713) 464-2700


  • $20 Students
  • $35 Adult
  • $30 USA Dance members

If you want to make a reservation, call Janeil Bernard at 713-464-2700.  If you do a group reservation ahead of time, they can put everybody together at the same table.

Harvest Moon Ball registration

HMB is coming up soon – 9/26!

The dance starts at 8:00 (with a free lesson at 7:00) in the Grand Hall. You can find more info about the dance on the swing page.

If you pre-register with RSDS, you won’t have to pay $20 at the door.

RSDS student members: free

RSDS community members: $10

Please let us know if you want to attend Harvest Moon Ball, and we’ll put you on a list  to get into the dance.  Please tell either Tal Einav or Emily Watkins before MIDNIGHT of September 24.  You can find us in the Grand Hall on Tuesday between 8:00pm-midnight and in the Minor Lounge on Thursday between 7:00pm-10:30pm.

shuttle to RGA for tango TONIGHT!

Argentine tango classes begin tonight!

For the next five weeks, tango expert Indre Rapalaviciute will be introducing us to Argentine Tango fundamentals for social dancing.

Classes will be held Wednesday nights, 7:30-9:00pm (Sept. 16 – Oct. 14) at the Rice Graduate Student Apartments.

If you have a car, you can drive to meet us there. (1515 Bissonnet St.) Parking is free.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A CAR, you can take the shuttle from campus. The shuttle ride is very short and easy. Just catch the Rice Graduate Apartment bus on the lab side of the inner loop (i.e. at Keck, or between the RMC and Geology building) and ride over.

Argentine tango is a very versatile dance that focuses on the connection between lead and follow. It is a really fun, expressive, and social dance, and I hope you’ll come learn with us this evening!

Invitation to Dances with Owls 2009

The Rice Social Dance Society hosts an annual ballroom dancing competition called “Dances with Owls” and we are inviting you all to join us this year.

Our competition will be held on Saturday, October 31st at Rice University. There will also be a welcome dance on Friday, October 30th.

Dances with Owls is a fun competition perfect for both beginner and advanced collegiate dancers. The competition includes Standard, Latin, and Social dance events.

More information on registration will be available at the beginning of October at the event website:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Emilia: ems3(at)rice(dot)edu!

tango, tango, and more!

In this issue: two ways to get your tango fix, plus discounted parking, and one more reminder about the blues workshop… Read on!

1. RSDS tango is starts next Wednesday…

When: Wednesday nights, 7:30-9:00 (Sept. 16 – Oct. 14)

Where: Rice Graduate Student Apartments (1515 Bissonnet St.)

How to get there: You can drive, OR take the Rice Graduate Apartment shuttle (3 min. – super easy) from campus.

What: Argentine Tango fundamentals for social dancing (Milonga).

More info on the website:

2. Insomnia Milonga this weekend

RSDS is hosting the Houston tango community’s Insomnia Milonga this Saturday, 10:00pm to 3:00am, in Farnsworth Pavilion.

Admission is free for RSDS members.

3. Discounted parking passes

RSDS can provide discounted parking passes for community members who drive to campus and wish to park in the Central Campus Garage under the Jones business school (very near the RMC). If you’re interested, talk to an officer before/after classes.

4. Blues workshop this weekend

The workshop on Saturday includes beginner and intermediate blues/fusion classes, taught by pro blues dancers Chris Mayer and Campbell Keatinge-Clay. Admission is free for Rice students who are RSDS members, and only $60 for community members. Register online.

More info:

ballroom starts TONIGHT! + tango + blues

howdy RSDS –

1. Ballroom classes begin TONIGHT for the fall semester!

Join us in the RMC Grand Hall for beginner waltz (6:30pm) and intermediate jive (8:00pm). Advanced class will begin next week, so during the 9:00-10:00 hour tonight, we’ll break into some western and talk about throwing swing/jive/whatever moves into the Texas Two-Step.

THEN, from 10:00-midnight, we’ll have a free dance. Come to socialize, practice, watch, learn, listen, and dance!

2. Argentine tango classes will start NEXT week on Wednesday September 16. Make plans to be there. It’s gonna be HOTT!

3. If you’re into swing, tango, or breaking rules, you need to check out our upcoming Blues Fusion workshop.

The workshop will be all day, next Saturday, September 12. The amazing Chris & Campbell are coming in from Austin to be our special guest instructors. Admission is free for RSDS Rice-student members. Register online.

See yall tonight!

– Michael

swing classes start tonight!

Since I typo’d our first flyer, I just wanted to make sure everybody knows that SWING classes start TONIGHT!

Here’s the schedule:

7:00 beginner swing classes
8:15 practice / free dance
8:30 Swing Sampler classes
9:30 intermediate swing classes

RSDS Swing meets every Thursday night in the RMC Miner Lounge.

Your first class with RSDS is always free, so if you think you might be interested, come check it out.

If you have any questions about swing classes or events, contact Emily (emwatz@gmail) or Tal (tal.einav@gmail).

sweet. see you there!

– Michael

dancing tonight! + more dance events

I can’t wait to see everybody tonight (Tuesday) at 7:30 in the Grand Hall for our Meet-and-Greet Dance (plus info session, +pie).

Also, I wanted to let you know about a few more dance events going on around town:

1. Tango classes at the University of Houston

Group Tango classes offered at the University of Houston in their Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

2. Israeli Folk Dancing

Owls for Israel and Houston Hillel are holding an Israeli Folk Dancing workshop/lesson/event on Wednesday September 2 at 7 in the Grand Hall. There are a lot of circle and line dances, and it is a lot of fun. (via RSDS-er Rosalie Berg)

3. Houston-area Contra Dancing

The Houston Area Traditional Dance Society has contra dancing every second and fourth Saturday. The next dance will be on Sept. 12. at 7:30 pm at the parish hall of St. Andrew’s Church, 1819 Heights Blvd. Go to for more details.

welcome back / pie-and-dance TONIGHT!

howdy everybody, and welcome back!

RSDS is getting into gear for the fall semester. I can’t wait to see yall on the dance floor again!

Our first event, a meet-and-greet info session & free dance, is TONIGHT (Tuesday) at 7:30 in the RMC Grand Hall. There will be pie. We’ll dance until 9:30… or maybe (probably) later, who knows.

BALLROOM meetings this year will be TUESDAYS in the Grand Hall:

6:30 beginner ballroom classes (open to students and community members)
7:30 practice time
8:00 intermediate ballroom classes
9:00 advanced classes
10:00 free dance until the cows come home

SWING is meeting on THURSDAYS in Miner Lounge, starting this week:

7:30 beginner swing classes
8:15 practice / free dance
8:30 Swing Sampler classes
9:30 intermediate swing classes

TANGO will meet on WEDNESDAYS at the Grad Student Apartments. Shuttle service is available from campus. More details TBA.

All the schedules and details will be up on the website:

I look forward to seeing yall tonight and in the coming weeks!