are pleased to offer our dancers the 28th year of the “Texas
Hoe-Down.” The “Texas Hoe-Down”
is a part of the AMERICAN
COUNTRY DANCE ASSOCIATION. We are dedicated to providing
dancers with the most affordable, fun, and fair competitions
that we can offer. It is the goal of the “Texas Hoe-Down”
to provide a pleasant, competitive atmosphere, and pleasurable
event to attend and dance. The “Texas Hoe-Down”
is proud to kick off the “2017" dance season for
the A.C.D.A. dance circuit.
History of the "Texas Hoe-Down"
The “Texas Hoe-Down” was born in 1990 (gosh...28
long years ago...) with Jerry & Virginia Rainey wanting
to offer a Country-Western Dance competition in the State
of Texas. The Rainey’s had been visiting and competing
in several dance competitions in surrounding states and wanted
TEXAS to have the distinction of playing host to such an event.
To their knowledge, no such event had ever been held in the
State of Texas. This was prior to U.C.W.D.C. being formed and prior
to Fun Country and the A.C.D.A.
That very first year, the Rainey’s were astounded with
their response from the Dance Community. Dancers from all
over flocked to Ft. Worth to participate in this “first”
for Texas. Dancers were also in attendance from Canada, with
a Canadian couple taking the “Texas Hoe-Down”
jackets and belt buckles home with them to Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada. Later, Jerry and Virginia would see them
wearing their belt buckles as they danced at the “White
Horse Saloon” on television.
We learn something new every year. We feel as if we have
learned from our problems and ALWAYS try to correct them.
Our main goal is to make sure that EVERYONE has a good time,
is treated fairly, leaves happy, and puts the next year’s
“Texas Hoe-Down” date on their calendars. We are
placed in the “TOP 10" in the Nation. Our “Wealth
of Workshops” which has always been held on the
Friday of the competition week-end, has always been a tremendous
success. These workshops are free with registration.
Workshops on various dances are also offered on Saturday
by some of the Nation’s top instructors.
Private lessons can also be booked. We intend for the “Texas
Hoe-Down” 2017 to be the best one ever. If you have
any suggestions, recommendations, ideas, or complaints about
the “Texas Hoe-Down,” please make it a point to
look up Jerry, Virginia, Missy, or Judi and they will take
care of any problem you might have. Have a good time...keep
on dancin’...and THANKS to all of our wonderful dancers!!!
The “Texas Hoe-Down’s” dedication to promote
Country-Western Dance is certainly obvious to the Dance Community.
What's Being Offered
Couples Divisions are as follows: IV - III - II - I, SuperStars,
and Royal SuperStars, Newcomer/Novice/ Intermediate/ Advanced Bronze,
Novice/ Intermediate/ Advanced Silver, and Novice/ Intermediate
/Advanced Gold. Youth Couples: Junior Youth - Junior Teen.
(See Rules for category & age requirements.) Dances
offered in all Couples Divisions are: 2-Step - Waltz - Non-Swing
Category (Triple-2/ Polka/Cha-Cha/Night
Club and Viennese Waltz) - East Coast/West Coast Swing. Line Dance Competition
will be offered: Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced,
SuperStars, Junior, and Silver. Teams: Open Line, Open Partner,
Silver Open Line and Silver Open Partner. (Small
Team: 3-6 members; Large Team: 7 or more. A West Coast Swing and a-Step Jack & Jill will be held on Friday night. Also... the line dance area will again
be covered up with line dance lessons and open line dancing
all week-end. Pro-Am will be as follows: Pro-Am Male/Female
with Divisions: Pre-Newcomer / Newcomer / Novice / Intermediate / Advanced
/ Pro-Am-ProPro Spot-Light / & Pro-Pro. Dances offered for Pro-Am
are the same as offered in the regular Couples Competition.
Any questions about any rules, guidelines, requirements,
contact Jerry or Virginia Rainey.
The new 9-Dance Challenge will be held on Saturday Night.
Barbara Albright, David Anderson, David Appel, Karen Aubrey, Ray Avery/Irene Griffin, Rodney/Shannon Berry, Kathi Bittner, Terri Bordeaux, Rody/Mona Broussard, David Clanin/Danielle Doubet, Bob Clanton, Jim/Kylie Criger, Terry/Colleen Cummings, Pat Damron, Cory DeCuire, Ben DePuew, Red Draper, Rowdy Dufrene, Beth Emerson, Sheryl Forrester, Brian Franks, Carmen Goodman, Ken Graves, Danny Guenther, Chad Guidry, Maryann Harvey, Robert/Margaret Hines, Tom Huntley, Lynae Jacob, Shelley James, Cynthia Kinnett, Eric/Stacy Marcotte, Don McCarty, Ray Michiels, David/Karen Miller, Wes Neese, Jeff/Robin Newman, Daniel Nevils, Catherine Pisano, Donya Poole, Dave/Heather Ragan, Kevin/Sherry Reynolds, Richard/Bonnie Robertson, Monique Rouleau, Nikki Simpson, Gretchen Smith, Donna Bonham-Steinfeld, Shawn Swaithes, Christy Thornton, David/Lynn Thornton, John/Lynda Vislosky, Bob Wheatley, and Jim Woeber. We’re certainly going to be overly blessed with great talent!!! I just hope I haven't left anyone off this fantastic list of talented folks.
As for our Line Dancers, a line dance will be taught every
hour on Friday, begining at 10:00 a.m. Then on Saturday and Sunday, we’ll have
on-going lessons in the line dance area interleaved with open
line dancing. The line dance area is always filled from early
morning till late night with these high-energy folks. Nikki Simpson will be over-seeing this part of our event this
Line Dance Competition will be held on Sunday.
For Our Competition Couples
This is an "Overall" Contest. Contestants must dance Five dances in Four categories to qualify for Overall, but individuals dancing just a minimum of dances will be scored. Pro-Am dances will be scored individually, therefore, the amateur can dance just one or as many dances as they want, however, to be eligible for Overall, the amateur would, also, need to dance Five dances in Four categories. Viennese Waltz has been added to the Non-Swing Category.
(2-Step, Waltz, Best 2 Non-Swing, Best Swing)
Anyone competing in any of the competitions will
be required to purchase a week-end pass...no exceptions...
Thanks for Your Support!
Most of you know that producing an event of this size would be impossible without the help and support of many, many people. The “Texas Hoe-Down” wishes to thank the following folks for their loyal support over the past 27 years: Action Photos (Paul Crow); Foster’s Western Wear, Denton, TX; Denton Trophy House, Denton, TX; Denton Hearing Health (Drs. Chris-Judi Caudle); Rody-Mona Broussard; Trailblazer Custom Scoring System (Ed von Adelung & Liz Buell); Country Dance Director (Kelly Strouse-Ed von Adelung); Dance Connection (Grant Austin); Karizmah Shoes; Dance Sport Design (Kelly Kealy); and to all of our Judges and Instructors; all of our Volunteers; all of our wonderful C-W Dancers...and the list goes on and on... I’m certain to have missed someone...THANKS to all of you for helping make the “Texas Hoe-Down” the success it has always been.
--Jerry, Virginia, Missy & Judi