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Hidden Gem of a Dance Hall: Braun Hall

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Some people say it’s in Helotes, others swear it’s in San Antonio, but everyone knows it’s the perfect place to kick up your heels! Braun Hall is located at 9721 Braun Road, nestled behind Loop 1604, next to a baseball field. Its white walls are low profile, but the hall is a longstanding treasure of the community. Built in 1893 as a gun club by the Hermann Sonns, a non-profit fraternal insurance organization originally began by German descendants, historic Braun Hall is alive with music and dancing.

Like many dance halls in Texas, Braun Hall hit slow times and closed to the public in Dec. 2015 but fortunately, has since reopened. Regular opportunities arise to dance here, whether you have a partner handy or not! Line dancing happens on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and public dances are held on the first and third Saturday night of each month. The architecture is nothing fancy, but the dance floor is beautifully maintained. Uncommonly, and perhaps best of all, Braun Hall has air conditioning, which blows nice and cold!

Inside Braun Hall

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All ages are welcome here. The hall fosters a true sense of community. Bring cash; entry is $10, while kids under 12 come in free. Beer, wine, soda, and water are sold inside, and outside food is welcome. A potluck or homemade cake just might make an appearance! Seats by the floor may be reserved, but must be claimed by the time the band starts playing. Call in advance before each dance, or inquire about reserving a whole table for special occasions. Braun Hall itself is also available to rent for your event. The music is typically classic country, but sometimes surprises are in store! Free dance lessons start at 6:45 p.m., and the band plays from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Group dance lessons are also offered by Wanda Deagen and Julie Roberts. Support Texas dance halls today!

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