Lindy Workshop Weekend!

In January, RSDS is hosting a 2-day Lindy workshop. On Jan. 23-24 there will be 10-1hour lessons taught by four instructors. 3 are from Albuquerque’s “Groove Juice Special,” a dance team the just won the 2009 Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and the fourth is Anna Whitmire, an RSDS teacher and competitive dancer in Houston.

regular regristration: $100

RSDS non-Rice member: $50

RSDS student member: FREE

Please go to the workshop website for more information.

See you on the 23rd!

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!

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.

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.