Resources

Below we have several links to other resources for Texas Dance Halls and Texas Music.


MOTHBALLING TOOLKIT FOR VACANT DANCE HALLS

When dance halls are going to be vacant or infrequently used for some period of time, it’s important to make sure they’re weathertight, secure, and stabilized. The first edition of our new Mothballing Toolkit for Vacant Dance Halls includes all the information that hall owners need to assess the condition of their building and take action. This guide is available as a downloadable PDF at no charge.

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This project was made possible thanks to the Texas Preservation Trust Fund, The Summerlee Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Texas Historical Foundation, and TDHP co-founder Steph McDougal, as well as TDHP member support.

HISTORIC DANCE HALL OF EAST CENTRAL TEXAS

Learn more about our historic halls with this new book available from Arcadia Publishing, all about East Central Texas Historic Halls by Steve Dean.
Read more about “Historic Dance Halls of East Central Texas” here.

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VIDEOS

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CBS News recently featured a story about Texas Dance Halls. You can watch online here.

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Noc na Tanečku (Night at the Dance) by Annie Silverstein

“Dance Halls” Educational Documentary by the Center for Texas Music History
Texas Dance Hall Documentary Project
The Importance of Texas Dance Halls

DANCING

Texas Country & Western Dancing Association
Dance in Texas – Where to dance in South East Texas

Bill’s Texas Dancing

OTHER VENUES

Honky Tonk Texas

FRIENDS OF TEXAS DANCE HALL PRESERVATION

PolkaBeat.com

Texas Folklife

KTEX

KWHI

Round Top Register

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NEWS

2018

Fox 7 (Austin): “Preserving Texas Dance Halls,” May 7, 2018

Houstonia Magazine: “Lone Star Beer Wants to Preserve the Dance Halls of Texas,” March 20, 2018

2017

USA Today: “Dance Hall Days: Texas Preserves a Treasured Tradition,” September 25, 2017

Antique Archaeology: “Texas Dance Halls: Two-Steppin’ Through Time,” June 23, 2017

KVUE.com (ABC-TV Austin, Texas): “Historic Texas Dance Hall Hits the Market on EBay,” June 6, 2017

Preservation Magazine: “How Asleep At The Wheel is Helping Save Texas’ Dance Halls,” April 27, 2017

Revitalization News: “Restoration of Historic 1894 Dance Hall Revives Downtown Schulenberg, Texas,” May 15, 2017

Austin Monthly: “Ray Benson’s on a Mission to Save Texas Dance Halls,” March 13, 2017

Victoria Advocate: “Dance Hall Observes 10th Anniversary of Destructive Fire,” January 13, 2017

Texas Monthly: “How the Two-Step Can Save Historic Texas Dance Halls,” January 2017

2016

National Geographic: “Doing the Texas Shuffle,” January 4, 2016

Houston Chronicle: “Today’s Cypress Squeezes Out Fabled Dance Hall,” January 2, 2016

2015

Dallas Morning News: “Dim the Lights,” December 22, 2015

Focus On The Backroads: “Help Rescue Historic Texas Dance Halls,” November 29, 2015

CBS Morning News: “Could It Be Last Calls for Texas’ Dance Halls?” June 27, 2015

Country Living Magazine: “Save the Texas Dance Halls!” June 16, 2015

KERA-TV, Dallas: “Texas Dance Halls are Dying, Preservation Group Says,” April 6, 2015

Associated Press/Billboard: “Old Texas Dance Halls Decaying, But Some Won’t Let Them Fade,” print, April 6, 2015

Associated Press/Texas Public Radio: “Old Texas Dance Halls Decaying, But Some Won’t Let Them Fade,” audio, April 5, 2015

2014

Texas Public Radio, “Texas Dance Hall Memories: Icons Of Music & Culture Are Fading Away,” August 15, 2014 (originally produced 2009)

My San Antonio: “Texas’ Historic Dance Halls Declining,” August 7, 2014

National Public Radio: “Saving Texas Dance Halls, One Two-Step at a Time,” January 4, 2010

2013

Texas Society of Architects: “Texas Dance Halls,” August 30, 2013

Texas Monthly: “Come Together: A Cultural Tour of Texas Dance Halls,” August 2013

2010

Austin Chronicle: “Day Trips: Historic Dance Nalls in Texas Still Offer a Cold Beer and a Welcoming Dance Floor,” October 1, 2010

Austin Chronicle: “Day Trips: Austin County Boasts the Most Multi-Sided, German-Style Community Halls in Texas,” March 5, 2010

Texas Escapes: “Dance Halls in Texas,” March 11, 2010

2009

Texas Monthly: “Step Right Up,” December 2009

 

BOOKS

Dance Halls and Last Calls

Dance Halls and Last Calls: A History of Texas Country Music
By Geronimo Trevino

Texas Dance Halls A Two Step Circuit

Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit
By Gail Folkins
Photographs by J. Marcus Weekley
Texas Tech University Press

Dance Halls of Central Texas

Dance Halls of Central Texas
Kevin Alter, Editor University of Texas
Photographs by Austin architect Krista Whitson

Dance Ya'll Dance

Dance Ya’ll Dance
By Kelly Bennett
Illustrated by Terri Murphy
Dance, Y’all, Dance tells the story of one perfect night at the dance hall and brings these magic evenings alive for young readers.
Bright Sky Press