Texas Dance Halls Need Your Help!

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a disaster for many small businesses, and especially for Texas dance halls. Often located in rural areas, dance halls are usually open only for social activities dependent on bar sales during those events. Governor Abbott’s orders attempting to limit deaths due to COVID have closed “bars” (with 51%+ revenue from alcohol sales) and restricted most large events. As a result, many dance halls have been closed since March.

Halls have continued to pay their utility bills and building insurance with little or no income for the past six months. They have burned through most, if not all, of their cash reserves … with no end in sight. Texas dance halls need our help.

Texas Dance Hall Relief Fund

From October 20–November 30, 2020, Texas Dance Hall Preservation is raising money to help dance halls pay utilities and building insurance expenses. When you make a donation, 100% will go directly to dance halls. Please help us keep these Texas treasures safe and make a gift to Texas dance halls today!

Our Goal: $250,000 In 40 Days

Is it a big goal? Yep. But we have faith in Texans.

Y’all have the biggest hearts of anyone in the world, and you know there’s nothing else like Texas music and Texas dance halls. We’re going to help every historic Texas dance hall that applies for assistance, with copies of their bills and proof of payment. Let’s show them how much we care.

A. We had 32 dance halls return applications. These are the 32 halls that have applied for assistance:

  • American Legion Post 121
  • American Legion Post 200 (Wallis)
  • Ballroom Marfa
  • Blase’s Hall
  • Broken Spoke
  • Ellinger Chamber of Commerce
  • Geronimao Memorial VFW
  • Henry’s Hideout
  • Herman Sons Gonzales
  • Hochheim Prairie
  • Hungerford – St. Francis Serafin KJT
  • Kendalia Halle
  • La Bahia
  • Lindenau Rifle Club
  • London Hall
  • Millheim Harmonie
  • Moravian Hall
  • New Tabor SPJST
  • Pioneer Hall
  • Round Top Rifle Association
  • San Antonio Hermann Sons
  • Schneider Hall
  • Schroeder Hall
  • Sons of Hermann – Dallas
  • SPJST #1
  • Stagecoach Ballroom
  • Sweet Home Hall
  • Twin Sisters
  • Weid Hall
  • Yorktown Community Hall
  • SPJST Lodge #92

A. Dance halls we’ve talked to are reporting that they typically spend $5,000–10,000 each year for insurance; $8,000 for utilities; and $6,000 for property tax. That translates to $1,800–2,000 per month for just fixed costs related to the building. Other operating expenses can bring the total cost up to around $40,000 per year.

A. Many dance halls do not have a kitchen. Even if they do, State and TABC licenses to operate a restaurant total about $1,000, and the rules to qualify are pretty strict. Then they would have to hire a cook, buy food and supplies, and pay for advertising … all while competing with existing restaurantsfor a limited number of rural market. It is unlikely that a dance hall could make money trying to operate a restaurant without events going on.

A. No. IRS rules do not allow us to “earmark” funds for a particular recipient.


100% of funds raised will go directly to Texas dance halls.

“Twin Sisters has had a dance every month since 1879 … until this year. Our biggest worry is our monthly bills. The shutdown has caused a huge financial mess for Twin Sisters. We’re a nonprofit, and so far this year, we’ve lost about $47,000 in income.”
— Jo Nell Haas, Twin Sisters Dance Hall, Blanco, Texas