S2E11 Fitness in the Park: A Conversation with Texas Two-Step Instructor Beth Coffey

Hayley Behm Blog Page, Austin ParksCast

Howdy, y’all! In today’s episode, we’ve got a super fun interview with Texas two-step instructor Beth Coffey! You can find Beth at The White Horse, the infamous East Austin honky tonk, on Thursday nights teaching Austinites and visitors alike the art of two-stepping.

Beth is an 8th generation Texan, born and raised in San Angelo. She was brought up in a big Czech and Irish family and learned to two-step at a young age. She loves parks and the outdoors but specifically spending time near Walnut Creek and Lady Bird Lake.

Her journey with dance has taken her to some really exciting places, including being the Smithsonian’s official ambassador of Texas and dancing with NASA pilots! We talk about how music and dance bring people together, and the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beth is also our Two-Step instructor for our final Fitness in the Park class, which will air Saturday, August 7th at 10 am. She also offers private lessons for weddings, company parties and much more through her business Dancin’ Austin, so be sure to check it out!

We also want to give a shoutout to country music artist, Weldon Hensen. He’s a Texas country artist that can be found touring the historic dance halls across the state! Beth’s husband is in Weldon’s band, and she highly recommends giving their music a listen.

Announcements:

1. Volunteer events are back in full swing!

Check out Austin Parks Foundation’s event calendar for available volunteer opportunities in a park near you. We can’t wait to help parks in-person with y’all!

2. Did you know APF has a merch store?

Visit shop.austinparks.org to get some awesome gear or apparel for your next park adventure!

3. We need your help to secure up to a $100,000 grant for the new mini train at Zilker Park!

Help us reach our crowdfunding goal of $6,000 before August 13th by making a donation here. We must reach our goal in order to qualify for the grant!

Music & transitions provided by Honey Son. Check out his music on Spotify and YouTube!

The Austin ParksCast is a production of Austin Parks Foundation. More information about the work we do to improve parks, trails and green spaces for every Austinite at austinparks.org.