The Stagecoach Ballroom is one of the last large dance halls in the state of Texas that is family owned and operated. Jean Czajkowski and her husband Kiran Desai manage the venue. Jen Chidgey and Julia Paur are consultants and actively involved in the clubs operations. Jennifer Chidgey is Jean's oldest daughter. In the early 1990s Jennifer played twin fiddles in the house band. She left to open several restaurants across the countryand now has her own photography and digital restoration business. Photography by Jen Chidgey. She has been published in feature articles in DFW.comand USA Today Newspaper. Julia graduated from UNT with a degree in Hospitality Management, her experience at The Mansion in Dallas, The Jefferson Hotel, Republic National Distributing Company, The Catering Director at Mira Vista and The Event Coordinator for the Fort Worth Club which lead her to create her own company for event designing. Still a valuable resource for designing any event, Julia has recently become a Reiki Master and teaches Yoga.
Opening in October 1961, the Stagecoach Ballroom has survived three locations and two families.
In March 2021, the Czajkowski family celebrated 45 years of family ownership.
The Stagecoach Ballroom has kept country music alive in the DFW area for over 55 years. One of the largest Dance Halls in Texas, with a dance floor covering over 3,500 square feet. Still one of the longest continuous bars in Fort Worth you never have to worry about bumping into another couple, but only to tip your hat. The minute you walk into the doors you feel at home.
In 1986 the Stagecoach Ballroom was home to the filming of the national motion picture released in 1987 titled, "Square Dance". Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Starring Rob Lowe, Wynona Rider, Jason Robards and Jane Alexander. In 1988, Golden Globe nominated Rob Lowe for Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role.
As it did from the beginning, the Stagecoach Ballroom strives to provide local musicians a place to entertain as well as welcoming artists from all over the Country. Artists ranging from: Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Ray Price, Gene Watson, Johnny Lee, John Conlee, Johnny Rodriguez, T. Graham Brown, Bellamy Brothers, Doug Stone, Carl Vaughn, Kitty Wells, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Mickey Gilley, Tracy Byrd, Ray Sharp, Eddy Raven, TG Sheppard, David Ball, Billy Joe Royal, Daryle Singletary, Jeff Woolsey & The Dancehall Kings, Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys, Dale Watson, Sonny Burgess,Johnny Bush, Lorrie Morgan, Wade Hayes, Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition, Jake Hooker & The Outsiders Band, Tommy Alverson... and many others perform regularly.
Any age can feel at home at The Stagecoach Ballroom..."So grandparents bring your grandchildren and dance the night away".
10 Best Dance Halls Where Texas Country Still Swings
Fort Worth This family-run hall maintains an old-school atmosphere with vintage lights and a 3,500-square-foot floor for twirling couples. It even offers free dance lessons before many shows. "If you're in Fort Worth and you want to hear country music, this is where to go," Patoski says.
Texas Critic’s choice: Stagecoach Ballroom, 2516 E Belknap St, FW This honkytonk often gets overlooked by the tourists who flood the Stockyards, but it’s as authentic as they come and one of the oldest in town. Family-owned and -operated, the Stagecoach draws an older crowd that appreciates hardcore honkytonk artists such as Johnny Rodriguez, Dale Watson, Johnny Bush, and The Derailers, all recent performers. The place is spacious with plenty of tables and chairs, the dance floor is large, the wooden bar is long, fights are few, cover charges are reasonable, and the help is generally friendly.
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