Tell Us Your Dance Hall Story!

We want to hear about your favorite dance hall or a favorite dance hall story. It might even get published in an upcoming newsletter (with your permission of course).

Email your story of why you love Texas dance halls or what one hall means to you or a great memory to

Posted on January 26th, 2017

Does Your Community Dance Hall Need Some Stabilizing? Is There A Community Hall That Would Benefit From Mothballing?

Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc., has been selected to receive a grant from the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Preservation Trust Fund to develop a toolkit of resources for “mothballing” (stabilizing, weatherizing, and securing) vacant and infrequently used dance halls. The project is intended to prevent historic halls from deteriorating or becoming damaged while they are waiting to be put back into more regular use. When completed, the toolkit will be available free of charge on TDHP’s website.

During the grant-funded project, TDHP will work directly with up to 12 halls that fall into one of the following categories: (A) halls that are operating infrequently or have recently ceased operation or are for sale, and (B) halls that are completely vacant or are being used for storage or other passive/non-productive use. Participating halls will receive a condition assessment by a preservation architect; a report of any existing damage, with recommendations for properly mothballing the building; and a small stipend for emergency repairs or mothballing work. A variety of dance halls will be selected for the grant project based on location, state of vacancy, current condition, etc.

Dance hall owners / organizations who are interested in participating or would like more information should contact TDHP no later than February 5, 2017 by emailing TDHP President Deb Fleming at or

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Artist Gail Wendorf Donates Painting From Her Waltz Across Texas Series To TDHP To Support Fundraising Efforts In 2017


Artist Gail Wendorf is known for her beautifully-crafted landscapes and figurative studies in music and dance from around the world. Most notably, her Waltz Across Texas paintings – cataloging the dance halls of Texas – first exhibited in the office of former first lady, Mrs. Laura W. Bush in 2000. This series has not been on display in the capital city for over 11 years but can be seen at the Consulate General of Ireland, located at 515 Congress Avenue, #1720, Austin TX through January 16, 2017.


TDHP is overwhelmed by her generous contribution supporting the preservation of historic Texas dance halls and the spirit of family, dance, music and community. We are excited to have her painting (to be selected in early January from the Austin exhibit) and will determine how best to utilize it to best serve our mission and goals in 2017. Stay tuned for more information on this early next year.

Posted on December 12th, 2016

Asleep At The Wheel Concert Recap


We would like to thank everyone who came out to our event on November 12th at Round Up Pavilion Hall and joined us for an evening of fun, dancing, live music and more. We were very excited to have Asleep at The Wheel and The Ennis Czech Boys perform at our big event!


Posted on December 11th, 2016

The Swiss Alp Dance Hall and Grill Are Looking For a New Owner


The Swiss Alp Dance Hall and Grill are looking for a new owner.  This is a turn-key, dual income operation on 2+ acres; an opportunity to build lifelong relationships with Texas and national musicians, local families, and local organizations—an opportunity to become a local leader.  As an owner and operator of this property, you will become more than a local family, you will be the owner of a landmark and touchstone for most young people and many generations of residents in the counties between Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and the Gulf Coast.

Please contact Carla Cain with Coldwell Banker, The Ron Brown Company 979-733-8200 or 979-942-0418 (cell)

See more photos below.


Posted on December 4th, 2016

Asleep At The Wheel Live In Concert! One Night Only!


We are excited to present the Grammy Winning Asleep At The Wheel at Round Up Pavilion Hall on Saturday, November 12th. Special guests The Ennis Czech Boys will open the show. We will also be hosting the Fayette County Youth Art Contest & Display. Click here for more details.


Posted on September 13th, 2016

Help Twin Sisters, One Of The Oldest Dance Halls In Texas, Replace Their Roof


After thousands of dances, weddings, family reunions, community fundraisers and other gatherings, Twin Sisters need a new roof and it needs it badly since it is over 90 years old.  The hall now gets water on the beautiful wooden dance floor when it rains. They are currently running a campaign on GoFundMe to raise money for a new roof.


Built by local craftsman in the 1870s, Twin Sisters Dance Hall has held its monthly Saturday night dance ever since.  That’s something like 1,752 dances!


Posted on August 13th, 2016

Three New Members Joining The TDHP Advisory Board

At the June 24th meeting of the TDHP Board of Directors, three new Advisory Board candidates were approved as additions to our existing Advisory Board effective July 1st, 2016. These additions continue to enhance our organization’s skill sets and network of historic dance hall enthusiasts and preservation minded activists.

Please join us in welcoming:
— Laura Acuna M.A., project manager, cultural heritage professional & archaeologist, San Antonio, TX
— Amber Leigh Becerra, owner & proprietor, Historic Schneider Hall, Columbus, TX
— Gary E. McKee, editor & photojournalist for Texas Polka News and, active in protection of cultural landmarks, private researcher on prehistoric and historic Texas culture for publications, Vice-Chair of the Fayette County Historical Commission and the Texas Historical Commission’s Archeological Steward for Fayette & Surrounding Counties

Posted on August 1st, 2016

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