RSDS Grand Opening Meet!

The first meeting of RSDS will be Monday, Jan. 30 at 7:00 PM in the RMC Grand Hall. There will be a 30 min two-step lesson followed by a 30 min Swing lesson. In between we’ll have free practice and awesome demos. Come and dance and have fun and meet new friends! There will be snacks!



A new season of dance!

A new year is upon us and we have all (hopefully) settled nicely back into campus. Now it is time to get out and DANCE! The first meeting for RSDS will be this Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 PM  in the RMC Grand Hall. Come and join us for a free introductory lesson & meet and greet. There will be FOOD!!!

Dances that we cover this year include:

  • Tango
  • Waltz
  • Salsa
  • Cha-cha-cha
  • Samba
  • Foxtrot
  • Two-Step
  • and much more

For more information please email Anya or Cameron (RSDS Presidents): rsds(at)

Everyone is welcome, so please come and bring a friend! We look forward to seeing all of you!

2010 Ballroom classes begin tomorrow!

Join us in the Grand Hall of the RMC for deserts and dancing!

Ballroom classes start tomorrow (Monday) at 7:00 in the Grand Hall.

We’ll start with beginner cha-cha/rumba, intermediate Quickstep, and…


Come get reacquainted with all your dancing friends, and eat delicious deserts!

DWO 2009 a smashing success!

Dances With Owls was a smashing success. Teams from all across Texas – including UT, SMU, A&M, and UofH – joined us for a night and a day of excellent dancing, fellowship, and competition.

Some of the comments I’ve heard so far are:

“Thanks again for everything. We had so much fun on Saturday!!!! (There is not an amount of exclamation points that could express this fully :D ) Is your club looking at going to any other comps soon?”

“I was very excited to hear other schools, specifically A&M & UT , say what a great comp this was and that they so much fun – and they would definately come back next year.”

“You an RSDS did a great job hosting the event and getting other campuses to come see what Rice is about!  Great job and fabulous event!”

“This was literally the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.”

Event Co-Chairs Emilia Stepinski and Autumn Allen deserve rounds of applause for juggling all the details and preparations for this event. Our deepest appreciation also goes to Super-Awesome Team Mom Pam Shefman, Scrutineer Drew Shefman and Emcee Pat Walsh. (Without their experience and wisdom, we’d all be in way over our heads.) And lastly, thanks to all the folks who volunteered throughout the weekend. DWO is an entirely volunteer-run comp, and without our dedicated members and friends, the event simply couldn’t happen. So thanks to everybody. I’m really proud of this event, and I hope you are, too!

p.s. Thanks to all the dancers who joined us from the Houston community and other collegiate communities state-wide. We hope to see you next year!

Dances with Owls Registration and Volunteers

Registration for Dances with Owls is now open!

As a reminder DWO is on Saturday October 31st. The welcome dance will be on Friday October 30th.

Go to for all the information and to register.

Also we need a lot of volunteers to help make Dances with Owls a success
Below is a list of jobs we need volunteers for:

Collect money for registration at the Welcome dance
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
9:00 – 10:00 pm

Collect money and pass out/collect competitor numbers
9:30 – 11:30
11:30 – 1:30
1:30 – 3:30
3:30 – 6:00

Collect score sheets from judges after each heat and takes them to the Scrutineer
10:00 – 12:30
1:30 – 3:30
3:30 – 5:30

Press play when Pat says ‘music please’
9:30 – 12:30
1:30 – 5:30

Tally judges scores using a computer program (with Drew’s help)
10:00 – 12:30
1:30 – 5:30

Control projected schedules of current and upcoming events
10:00 – 12:30
1:30 – 5:30

email Emilia at if you are interested in volunteering for any of these jobs.

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.

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!

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