Frequently Asked Questions
- Are masks required?
- No, but they are welcomed. You attend at your own risk.
- Do you gender balance?
- Is alcohol allowed at the hall?
- What about smoking?
- There is no smoking in the hall or within 25 feet of the entrance. The owners of the property may have an ashtray sitting right outside the entrance, but smoking there is actually in violation of city ordinance. If you must smoke, please move at least 25 feet away from the entrance.
- What do you mean by
Many people have reactions to unclean air, ranging from mild to serious. Although we don't usually think of perfumes, colognes, scented deodorants, and the like as air pollutants, they, in fact, are.
In consideration of those who are sensitive and for your own health, please use unscented deodorants, soaps, and shampoos before coming to the dance and leave the perfumes and colognes at home.
For more on this subject, see our Why Fragrance Free? page on the HATDS website.
- How much does the whole weekend cost?
- Found on the Policies & Fees page.
- How much do individual sessions cost?
- Found on the Policies & Fees
page under “Individual Sessions”.
Houston area dancers who are planning to attend part-time should see the Houston Area Dancers page for important information.
- Can I pay for individual sessions in advance or with a credit card?
- You must pay at the door. We take cash, checks, credit cards, and digital wallets.
- Are there motels that you recommend or have negotiated a group rate with?
- No, although there is information and links on the lodging page that will help you find a hotel or Airbnb in the nearby zip codes.
- Do you offer home hospitality?
- We offer hospitality to full time registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. Details are on the lodging page.
- If I register for the full weekend and then can't come, can I get a refund?
- Probably yes, but refunds are handled on a case-by-case basis and there may be a fee to cover our expenses. See the Policies & Fees page for details.
- I've never contra danced before. Is this event good for people new to contra dance?
Festival events such as Bayou Bedlam are not really designed for beginners. That being said, if you've done other types of dance and are a quick learner, a festival can be a great introduction to contra dance because of the large number of experienced dancers in attendance, most of whom are willing to help a beginner.
You will learn the most and progress the quickest at the daytime workshops on Saturday, so be sure to attend those.
It's like a rhythmic swirl of awesomeness and dancing.
~ Alix Hamburger, a 10th grader describing contra dance.