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Joanna Reiner has taught English dance, Scottish dance and Iongsword for nearly two decades. In addition to being one of the leaders of the Philadelphia-based Germantown Country Dancers, her calling has taken her from Amberst to Ann Arbor, from NEFFA to Hey Days, from St. Croix to Hawaii to Florence, Italy, including many session at Pinewoods Camp. While known for her clear calling and instruction, Joanna is also an avid dance gypsy, and in her spare time, works to support her dance habit.

Persons of Quality are 3 talented musicians (Jim Oakden, Rebecca King and Jon Berger) performing English Country Dance music with enthusiasm and imagination, using a wide array of instruments. Each tune gets a vivid treatment and driving rhythm, which is both wonderful to listen to, and a pleasure to dance to. Persons of Quality have produced two CD's of ECD music. They frequently play for ECD events on the west coast, and recently they played for a dance weekend at Halsway Manor in England.

Ladies at Play Band from Oklahoma will play for our Saturday afternoon dance sessions. You can visit them at

Dale Rempert is our tireless sound man. Dale is a caller in his own right and has kept contra dancing alive and well in Austin for many years. He helps behind the scenes in many ways. Thank you Dale!

Ben Hur Shrine Ballroom
7811 Rockwood Lane
Austin TX 78757


From Mopac/Loop 1 take the Anderson Lane/Spicewood Springs Exit. Turn East on to Anderson, go two blocks to the signal light at Rockwood Lane. Turn right on to Rockwood. Ben Hur Shrine will be on your left.

There are many eateries near our hall this year. Quite a few are within walking distance and many more only a short drive away. Here is a partial list. These are just a few, many more may be found with your favorite search engine. We will hopefully have a list and map at the dance for your convenience.

Nearby Restaurants

Two easy ways to Reduce your carbon foot print..
Bring your own Cup
If you can, please bring your own cup or water bottle to use through-out the weekend. We will have disposable cups on hand but, you know, the less we use the better.

Fragrance Free Event
Please note this is a fragrance free event. Please avoid wearing strong fragrances, including cologne, perfume, oils, etc., to the dance. Many of our dancers have allergies and sensitivities to these hidden chemicals. Thank you for your concern and cooperation.

It takes a village...
Finally we are always looking for more helpers, if you can take a turn at the registration table, sweeping or are able to bring snacks or a brunch item please contact our volunteer coordinator at

Most important...
HAVE FUN! See you soon.