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C&W Dance Lessons

After a few years hiatus, C&W Dance Lessons returned to Outback Western Wear during the summer of 2016, and they were a smashing success... All summer long, classes were full, and folks had a great time learning to dance the Texas two-step and western polka...

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The 2017 Summer class schedule is posted below.  Monthly lessons consists of (4) ninety-minute lessons held Thursday and Friday evenings between 7 - 8:30 pm. The cost is $40 per person for the entire month. Classes are open to adults and mature teens.

Registration.  Advanced registration and prepayment is required. Prior to registration, please read our policy on refunds and switching classes contained on this page. Registration is available in the store or online (below). 

  • Full payment required.
  • Free water and keg beer
    (beer for those 21 or older)
    .
  • No cameras or recording equipment.
  • Class size limited to 24 people (typically 12 each men and women)
  • No on-site childcare or non-participating on-lookers, please.
  • Our dance studio is a non-smoking environment.

2017 Class Schedule   (Subject to change!)
  • April 6, 13, 20 & 27 - Two-Step / Polka
  • May 4, 11, 18 & 25 - Two-Step / Polka
  • June 1, 8, 15 & 22 - Two-Step / Polka
  • June 2, 9, 16 & 23 - Western Swing (Friday night)
  • July 6, 13, 20 & 27 - Western Swing
  • July 7, 14, 21 & 28 - Two-Step / Polka (Friday night)
  • August 3, 10, 17 & 24 - Two-Step / Polka
  • August 4, 11, 18 & 25 - Western Swing (Friday night)

PLEASE NOTE: On rare occasion, we may have to move a class date here or there to allow for business travel to market or other personal reasons.  

Class Descriptions.  While we have offered a larger number of classes in the past and there is enough material to create 12 months of classes without repeating any material, our experience teaching dancing at the store has been that most folks want to learn enough to go out and have fun, and, look good scooting across the dance floor. So, we parred down the class offering to just two classes.

  • Two Step / Polka - This is the first class to take when starting to take dance lessons.   We teach from the beginning... from rhythm and frame to lots of footwork.   The guys learn to lead and the ladies learn to follow. We start with two-step and will convert the two-step moves to polka.  After mastering the material in this class, you should be able to go out dancing and have fun, and you are also ready to take the Western Swing class.
  • Western Swing - Once you've mastered the the material in the Two Step / Polka class, you should be ready to move up to learning more complex moves.  This class focuses on teaching the guy how to lead ladies through a double-turn.  Is sounds easy enough, but learning to coordinate hands separately from feet can be challenging.  And, ladies learn how to double-turn without losing balance or getting dizzy.  

Please note:  It is*very* important that participants in the Western Swing class already know and feel comfortable with the material in the Two Step / Polka class.  It is very difficult to learn the material in the Western Swing class if you do not already have a good grip on the basics.  And, this is why we stress the importance of first taking the Two Step / Polka class.

Recommended Footwear.  Leather-sole boots, of course!  In C&W dancing, you slide your feet and rarely ever lift your feet off the dance floor. Thus, leather-sole boots are needed as rubber-sole boots have way too much grip to allow your feet to slide.  While it is possible, dancing in rubber sole boots will inhibit a person's ability to learning to dance.

After Class.  Everyone (21 and older) is encouraged to go dancing in order to practice what you've learned.

Switching Partners.  In group lessons, we switch partners frequently.  This is a requirement for everyone (especially couples) taking our dance lessons.  Trust us – you will learn quicker by switching partners.  If you do not want to switch partners, our classes are not for you.

Refunds.  We understand "life happens" when you least expect it. Business demands last minute travel, sickness, accidents, injuries, vehicular breakdowns, etc.  We get it. However, when folks register for a class and then back out, it limits our ability to fill the class.  As a result, we will gladly refund your tuition according to when we receive your refund request.  You may call the store or send us a message via the web site to cancel your registration and request a refund.

  • 100% - 10th of the prior month.
  • 50% - 15th of the prior month
  • 25% - 20th of the prior month

Example: If you registered for a class in July, request a refund by ...

  • June 10th for a full, complete 100% refund.
  • June 15th for a 50% refund.
  • June 20th for a 25% refund.
  • No refunds provided after June 21st.

If you do not agree with this refund schedule, no hard feelings. Simply, please do not register for dance classes so far in advance.  Instead, register only when you feel confident you will be able to attend the classes.

Switching Classes.  Because switching classes also inhibits our ability to fill a class, all requests to switch classes will result in a refund according to the date we receive the request per the refund schedule above.  You may then simply re-register for the desired class.

    Somewhat Amusing Background Info.  The instructor for our classes is Chris (the owner of OutbackWW).  He taught dancing for many years ('93-'99) at a dance studio in Houston called SSQQ.   During those years, Chris was very active in the Houston c&w dance community, and frequently organized dance outings to various C&W clubs in and around the Houston metro area. When Chris bought OutbackWW in 2006, he started teaching c&w dance lessons in a large unused room in the store. Unfortunately, as our boot and apparel business grew, the boots were moved into the room formerly used for dance lessons, and dance lessons came to an end.  However, we have reorganized the store and have configured one of the other rooms to be the dance studio.  So, come on!

    Private Lessons, Additional Ad-Hoc Classes, etc.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints, Chris is unable to private lessons.  So, if you're looking for private lessons, we recommend you contact Daryll or Joann at SSQQ located in The Houston Heights.

    Corporate Events.  If your company or organization (of at least 75 people) would like to hire Chris to teach C&W dancing at your company event, please contact us at least 60 days prior to your event, and we are happy to discuss how we can make this happen.