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Bayou Bedlam, the contra dance weekend in Houston, Texas Bayou Bedlam, the contra dance weekend in Houston, Texas

Bayou Bedlam

February 9-11, 2024

Bayou Bedlam is the annual contradance festival held in Houston, Texas. The 2024 festival, our 30th, features Gaye Fifer calling to The Dam Beavers.

The Dam Beavers

The Dam Beavers are Ben Schreiber on fiddle, Scotty Leach on piano, and Ness Smith-Savedoff on drums.

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Gay Fifer

Gaye Fifer calls contra and English dances throughout the U.S. and Canada. An easy smile and delightful sense of humor are part of her relaxed, pleasant style at the microphone. She is also an enthusiastic advocate and instructor of contra-style waltz.

Gaye is the current President of the Board of the Country Dance & Song Society ,

Gaye will be using gender-free terms such as larks and robins in her teaching and calling.

At A Glance

  • Policies and pricing are on this page.
  • Registration for full time attendees is now open. Tap to begin.
  • Bayou Bedlam takes place at the Knights of Columbus Roemer Hall, 607 E. Whitney. Details on the location page.
  • If you are in the Houston area, visit this page for very important information.
  • Bayou Bedlam is a smoke-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free event.
  • Tap the menu in the upper right or use the links below to find other pages on this site.

Why Attend Bayou Bedlam?

  • We are fortunate to have an older hall with a sprung wood floor that was built specifically for dancing.
  • Houston's February weather is normally mild—comfortably cool and sunny.
  • The food! We include home-cooked lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday as well as snacks throughout the weekend.
  • We offer the opportunity for callers in attendance to work with the featured band. See the schedule page for details.
  • We strive to keep the price as low as possible without losing (too much) money, and we offer several discounts. See the Policies page for details.

Please join us!