Wooden dance floors, open windows, friendly faces, and uplifting music. Historic Texas dance halls need to be visited, used and admired in person to keep their magic alive. The Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc. staff, a volunteer, Board President and Board President-Elect, had the opportunity to visit some halls this summer. In an effort to learn more about the needs of dance halls and some of the challenges they face, TDHP took the time to visit halls and meet with their owners or directors. In doing so, TDHP was able to learn what resources to best provide and ways to assist the halls.
See photos below of the five dance halls and learn something that makes them each special:
The hall has had an amazing update with the guidance of historical architect, David Bucek, and is now run by Tom Barron and Eden Harris. Take a trip to Bellville to plan your next event at the charming- and air conditioned- Bellville Turnverein! Visit their website for more information.
Since its establishment in the early 1900’s, Hye Hall has undergone many updates. A few of these updates include leveling out the floor, fixing the roof and putting in a septic tank- the floor and roof were fixed by the hands of members from the Deike family, who still runs the hall today.
One of the most historic dance halls, Luckenbach Dance Hall is a Texas Hill Country treasure. With over 100 years of history and the beautiful original dance floor, be sure to make it out to an upcoming Luckenbach live music show or event. Check out the upcoming events on their website.