Event Updates

Questions? Email us at lonestarcountrydance@gmail.com or call/text to 512-294-1815

See You Next Year!
Thank you everyone for helping make LoneStar Invitational 2019 a great event.
We hope to see you again next year on August 13-16, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Austin Hotel!
Retrospective from Rowdy, September 7, 2019!
Well it has been a month, and I have finally recovered from Lone Star to make a post.It was an amazing weekend and I just have to say thank you ALL for joining us to make it the best ever!
I have to give a few Giant shout outs to some special people! Cassie Daniel, Marcie Kelley, & Elaine Kant. Y’all sure knew how to keep me off the edge and under control!
Also thanks so much to the amazing Judges and Workshop staff you all kept things running on time and were just the perfect group!
Also I have to say what an amazing talented group we had in the Dinner show! I wanted something different, and you all were great at Delivering exactly what I had in mind! And it had to be one of the best shows ever. And I had so many people tell me just that! To all the Stars that competed, you all are amazing dancers and put on a second show that was just exciting as all get out! thank you, each and every one of you for putting your heart and soul on the floor for us and giving us such an exciting end to the Saturday evening!
To everyone that volunteered, we couldn’t have done it without you! THANK YOU all from the bottom of my dancing heart! You have no clue how valuable you are!
And finally to my Czech friends TCS Louisiana, I am so glad you all came and got to be a part of my first year as the Director of the event, you are all just awesome and were so great to jump in and help wherever needed! I am so grateful for each of you and hope to see you again next year if possible, (though i will be seeing you all in November).
Last but not least I have to say thanks to all the ACDA Directors that attended. Your being here for me all weekend was so great!
If anyone has thoughts or comments please feel free to send them to me, I would love to hear feedback, both positive and negative, remember we put this event on for YOU the dancers and we want to give you the best experience we can!
I look forward to next year at a new and bigger hotel! August 14- 16 , 2020.
Rowdy
New Volunteer Opportunities, August 3, 2019
Additional volunteer opportunities have opened up…
Click here to sign up!
(If you have already signed up, we still have you signed up. This is just a list of open slots.)
Eight volunteer hours = a Silver weekend pass refund
Six volunteer hours = a $60 refund
Four volunteer hours = a $40 refund
Floor setup on Thursday and tear-down on Sunday = a Silver weekend pass refund
Decorations and Dressing Rooms setup on Thursday and tear-down on Sunday = a Silver weekend pass refund
Rules for Swing Contests, August 3, 2019
Rules for the swing contests have been posted by head swing judge Debbie Figueroa.
Click here for rules.
Open Gendered Competition Available, July 7, 2019
Want to dance with your regular instructor even though you’re both males or both females? Want to try dancing the reverse of your usual role? Try our new open-gendered competition. Leads are required to wear boots and hats, and if you teach dancing you must enter pro/pro. Otherwise you can dance with any pro you like, and placement rules are the same as for regular competitions. The open gendered heats will be danced with the regular heats for each level and division.

Click here for registration form.

Dance Order Changes, June 11, 2019
This year we are experimenting with a new dance order (just a trial, only for this event). We will have rhythm dances first, then smooth. This will hopefully allow competitors to take their warm-up energy right into the fast dances, then relax into the slow dances, while minimizing rushed costume changes. Plus you’ll have more opportunity for awards! In divisions with at least three couples, there will be a Smooth and Rhythm Champion in addition to the Overall Grand Champion.

  • Rhythm dance order: Two Step, Cha Cha, Polka, East Coast Swing
  • Smooth dance order: Viennese Waltz, Waltz, Nightclub, Triple Two Step, West Coast Swing
Workshops with the Stars, June 10, 2019
Friday afternoon will feature Workshops with the Stars in the spacious main ballroom from noon to 5 PM. Plan to arrive early enough to catch amazing classes with top-level dancers from around the world! A workshop schedule will be posted at a later date.
Country Pro Incentive Package, June 10, 2019
Any pros who plan to bring more than one country student should email us at lonestarcountrydance@gmail.com to ask for the LoneStar Pro Incentive Package.  You may be eligible for free weekend passes and free hotel nights!

Announcing Our New Event Director, January 2019
The 2019 Lone Star Invitational returns to the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark on August 8-11 2019 for another amazing year of competition and workshops. Lone Star’s new event director, Rowdy DuFrene, invites you to join the Austin dance community for a weekend of Country and West Coast Swing in “The Live Music Capital of the World!”