Texas Dance Halls


As Texas was settled, a dance hall was one of the first public buildings constructed in nearly every town and hamlet. Texas dance halls have served and continue to function as meeting spaces and the sites of social events. They contribute to the development of country-western and conjunto music. They preserve the cultural traditions of many ethnic groups who immigrated to Texas and settled here.

Today, as communities change and populations increase, dance halls are threatened by neglect, encroaching suburban development, and large-scale transportation projects. Population shifts from rural to urban areas, in particular by younger residents, leave behind a shrinking base of support for the halls at a local level. While many dance halls are open to the public for dancing and other events on a regular basis, many more have been dismantled, converted for use as antique shops or hay barns, or simply abandoned. The lack of public awareness is another threat to the preservation of dance halls. Many people do not realize that several hundred dance halls exist.

This statewide trend is represented by:

    Austin Area

  • Bellville Turnverein, Bellville, Austin County
  • Luckenbach Hall, south of Fredericksburg, Gillespie County
    San Antonio Area

  • Bandera Cabaret Dance Hall, Bandera
  • Quihi Gun Club, Castroville
  • Anhalt Verin Hall, Anhalt
  • Schroeder Dance Hall, Yorktown
    Houston Area

  • DeAnda’s Dance Hall, 5201 Hopper Road
  • Double Bayou Dance Hall, Anahuac, Liberty County
    Dallas Area

  • Sons of Hermann Hall, Elm and Exposition
  • Cotton Club, Fair Grounds