2022 Stagecoach Country Dance Contests, Full California Round-Up

The Coachella and Stagecoach concerts were sadly missed in both 2020 & 2021 due to the Covid Pandemic. Music and concert lovers are so happy to see 2022 welcome both these events back! The concerts will occur back-to-back in April & April 29-May 1.

For country dancers, this is particularly exciting since many California country bars traditionally have held dance contests beforehand with the prize being tickets to (the rather pricey) Stagecoach concert (a $380.00 value).

Well, since Stagecoach is back, so are all the contests! There will be 10 California bars that will be running contests soon! The contests will begin on February 1, with the last one happening on March 12.

This post is just a round-up for you of all the information. Here it is all in one place! Not only the important dates and times, but all the dances you need to practice and be ready to dance! But wait, you’ll also find that I’ve included with each venue’s contest line dance and partner dance list videos for you to learn or brush up on each dance!

So check it out! Choose a place to sign up and then really focus on both the line dances and the couples dances you’ll be doing. Really bring it, and leave it all out on the floor this year. Who knows, you might walk away with that coveted free pass to Stagecoach!

So, briefly, y’all have 10 opportunities to win a Stagecoach General Admission Pass & a chance to be on the Stagecoach Honky Tonk Dance Team! You can ONLY WIN 1 PASS & passes are NON-TRANSFERABLE NON-EXCHANGEABLE. Contestants MUST dance ALL dances listed by the venue, you’re judged as an individual therefore your “partner” for partner dances doesn’t need to register unless they’re competing as well.

The Bars with Stagecoach Dance Contests (10).

See the list right here of the 10 bars in California (Southern California, San Diego, and Sacramento) and click to pop down to the details for each bar: What line dances, partner dances, and then detailed information including videos for each of the dances!

1. Canyon Club Montclair – February 1, Tuesday

This year’s Stagecoach Dance Contest opens with Montclair Canyon Club! How cool, since their Thursday country night was discontinued a while back. I guess there’s some country dancing coming back to Montclair!

For Montclair’s Dance Contest, the top 4 dancers will win Stagecoach passes and also a chance to be on the Honky Tonk Dance Team!

There will also be additional passes (1 pair) given away on Feb. 8, 15 & 22. Be sure to come out for these raffle dates!

Registration: February 1, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Age Requirement: 16
Competition Begins: February 1, 9:30 pm
Line Dances:
Lil Bit
Rampampam
The Bounce
Partner Dances:
California Cha Cha
Texas Time
Two Step
Montclair’s Stagecoach Dance Contest Flyer!
Here’s a quick compilation of some of the competition dancing that went on at the Canyon in Montclair!

Montclair Contest Line Dances

Lil Bit

https://youtu.be/THbN_zfHTLs
Check out Candy Sherwin’s tutorial for the Lil Bit line dance.

Rampampam

Demo and teach of the line dance Rampampam.

The Bounce

Philip takes us through the steps for The Bounce line dance.

Montclair Contest Partner Dances

California Cha Cha

Great teach of California Cha Cha by Candy Sherwin.

Texas Time

Candy Sherwin’s teach of Texas Time.

Two Step

Great basics for Two Step by Anthony and Rose.

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2. Montana’s Country Night Club – February 5, Saturday

For all you dancers out in the Pomona/San Dimas area check out all the info for when the Stagecoach Dance Contest is happening at Montana’s!

For Montana’s Dance Contest, the top 4 dancers will win Stagecoach passes and also a chance to be on the Honky Tonk Dance Team!

There will also be additional passes (1 pair) given away on Feb. 18, 25 & March 4. Be sure to come out for these raffle dates!

Registration: February 5, 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Age Requirement: 21
Competition Begins: February 5, 7:00 pm
Line Dances:
Lonely Drum
Double Shot of Crown
Late Night Habits
Partner Dances:
Two Step
California Cha Cha
Texas Time
Montana’s Stagecoach Dance Contest Flyer!

Montana’s Dance Contest rules (from their Facebook page)


Dance Contest Rules:
Participants must register in person at Montana’s on the day of the contest during the specified time. Contest consists of 3 line dances and 3 couples dances. Participants must participate in all 6 dances. Judgement criteria will be based on line dance and partner dance knowledge, skill/execution, style and showmanship. Winners will be selected as individuals not couples. Participants can have a non-contestant as a partner during the couples dances. Only participants will be judged.

Raffle Rules:
Winners will be randomly selected. No Purchase Necessary. Passes are non-transferrable & non-exchangeable, therefore only winners may retrieve their passes with a valid ID at Stagecoach will-call. An individual can only win once.

Here’s a glimpse of a couple of dances of the competition dancing that went on!

Montana’s Contest Line Dances

Lonely Drum

Check out Cindy McMichael’s tutorial for the line dance Lonely Drum.

Double Shot of Crown

Walk-through and demo of the line dance Double Shot of Crown.

Late Night Habits

Check out Julia Wetzel’s demo of her line dance Late Night Habits!

Montana’s Contest Partner Dances

Two Step

Great basics for Two Step by Anthony and Rose.

California Cha Cha

Great teach of California Cha Cha by Candy Sherwin.

Texas Time

Candy Sherwin’s teach of Texas Time.

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3. InCahoots – February 9, Wednesday

The third Stagecoach line dance contest is taking place at InCahoots in Fullerton.

For InCahoot’s Dance Contest, the top 4 dancers will win Stagecoach passes and also qualify to be on the Honky Tonk Dance Team!

There will also be additional passes (1 pair) given away on Jan. 19, 26 & Feb. 2. Be sure to come out for these raffle dates!

Registration: February 9, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Age Requirement: 18
Line Dances:
Telescope
Running Polka
L.I.L.Y.
Partner Dances:
Two-Step
Texas Time
Queen’s Waltz
InCahoot’s Stagecoach Dance Contest Flyer!
Here’s a quick compilation of some of the competition dancing that went on at InCahoots, Fullerton!

InCahoots Contest Line Dances

Telescope

https://youtu.be/7wGHVwwh1hs
Demo and teach of the beginner level line dance Telescope.

Running Polka

Demo and teach of the line dance Running Polka.

L.I.L.Y.

Demo & teach of the line dance L.I.L.Y.

Montclair Contest Partner Dances

Two Step

Great basics for Two-Step by Anthony and Rose.

Texas Time

Candy Sherwin’s teach of Texas Time.

Queen’s Waltz

Check out the Queen’s Waltz at the last InCahoot’s dance contest in 2020!

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4. The Ranch Saloon – February 17, Thursday

I usually watch this yearly contest at the Ranch. It is always a very exciting night to come out dancing and watch the best dancers compete for the Stagecoach passes.

For The Ranch’s Contest, the top 4 dancers will win Stagecoach passes and also qualify to be on the Honky Tonk Dance Team!

Also check out the special page on Facebook for the contest for some additional important details from Alexander Jung, the Thursday night instructor at the Ranch.

Registration: February 17, 5:30 pm
Age Requirement: 21
Competition Begins: February 17, 9:30 pm
Line Dances:
Country Girl Shake
Saddle Up Shawty
3 to Tango
Linda Lu
Partner Dances:
Cowboy Cha Cha
Two Step
Sweetheart Schottische


Contest Details: (from The Ranch’s Facebook page)
Contestants will be judged based on their knowledge of choreography, skill, execution, technique, style, and showmanship for both partner dances and line dances⁣
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Each dancer must register and sign in at the box office with contact information including email & phone number.⁣

Passes are NON-TRANSFERRABLE & NON-EXCHANGEABLE, therefore only winners may retrieve their passes with a valid ID presented at Stagecoach will-call.⁣

The Ranch’s Stagecoach Dance Contest Flyer!

The Ranch Contest Line Dances

Country Girl Shake

Cindy’s demo and teach of the Country Girl Shake line dance.

Saddle Up Shawty

https://youtu.be/kaxxzCDG1mE
Demo by choreographer Guyton Mundy of his line dance Saddle Up Shawty.

3 to Tango

Great demo from  Raymond Sarlemijn of the line dance 3 to Tango.

Linda Lu

Great teach of the line dance Linda Lu.

The Ranch Contest Partner Dances

Cowboy Cha Cha

https://youtu.be/1Ta64qFXlnc
Great teach of Cowboy Cha Cha by Country Sole.

Two Step

Great basics for Two-Step by Anthony and Rose.

Sweetheart Schottische

Cindy’s teach of the partner dance Sweetheart Schottische.

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5. The Temecula Stampede – February 25, Friday

For The Stampede’s Contest, the top 4 dancers will win Stagecoach passes and also qualify to be on the Honky Tonk Dance Team!

There will also be additional passes (1 pair) given away on Feb. 4, 11 & 18. Be sure to come out for these raffle dates! Must be present to win!

An individual can only win once. Passes are non-transferable & non-exchangeable.

Registration: February 1, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Competition Begins: 8:30 pm
Line Dances:
West Coast Passion
Cinderella
Gives Me Shivers
Partner Dances:
Two Step
Cowboy Cha Cha
Queen’s Waltz

The Stampede’s Stagecoach Dance Contest Flyer!

Temecula Stampede’s Contest Line Dances

West Coast Passion

Philip takes us through the steps for the West Coast Passion line dance.

Cinderella

Full lesson from Philip Victoro of the line dance Cinderella.

Gives Me Shivers

Candy Sherwin’s demo and teach of the line dance Gives Me Shivers.

Temecula Stampede’s Contest Partner Dances

Two Step

Great basics for Two-Step by Anthony and Rose.

Cowboy Cha Cha

https://youtu.be/1Ta64qFXlnc
Great teach of Cowboy Cha Cha by Country Sole.

Queen’s Waltz

Check out the Queen’s Waltz at the last InCahoot’s dance contest in 2020!

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6. Cowboy Country – February 26, Saturday

For country dancers closer to Los Angeles or the Long Beach area here is your venue for getting in on the Stagecoach Dance Contest!

Registration: February 26, 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Competition Begins: February 26, 7:00 pm
Line Dances:
Raised Like That
Aces & Eights
The Wolf
Partner Dances:
Two Step
Cowboy Cha Cha
Queen’s Waltz
Cowboy Country’s Stagecoach Dance Contest Flyer!

Cowboy Country’s Contest Line Dances

Raised Like That

Great teach from LineDanceDallas of Daren Bailey’s Raised Like That line dance.

Aces & Eights

A great demo & teach of the line dance Aces & Eights from Crew Country Line Dancing.

The Wolf

Candy Sherwin’s demo and teach of the line dance The Wolf.

Cowboy Country’s Contest Partner Dances

Two Step

Great basics for Two-Step by Anthony and Rose.

Cowboy Cha Cha

https://youtu.be/1Ta64qFXlnc
Great teach of Cowboy Cha Cha by Country Sole.

Queen’s Waltz

Check out the Queen’s Waltz at the last InCahoot’s dance contest in 2020!

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7. Moonshine Flats – March 3, Thursday

For California dancers way down south in the San Diego area, Moonshine Flats is making it easy for you to participate in this year’s Stagecoach Dance Contest! So, for you guys way down south here’s your info!

For Moonshine Flat’s Dance Contest, the top 4 dancers will win Stagecoach passes, a chance to be on the Honky Tonk Dance Team, and a Moonshine Flats Gift Card. There will be 2 Male and 2 Female winners.

There will also be additional passes (1 pair) given away on Feb. 8, 15 & 22. Be sure to come out for these raffle dates!

Please note that passes are NOT transferrable

Registration: March 3, 7:00 pm
Competition Begins: March 3, 8:00 pm

Moonshine Flat’s Contest Line & Partner Dances — at the time of this post no dances listed (TBD)
See their Facebook for updates!

Moonshine Flats Stagecoach Dance Contest Flyer!

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8. Stoney’s Rockin’ Rodeo – March 4, Friday

For California dancers up north, you have not been overlooked or left out! Stoney’s in Sacramento is participating in the Stagecoach Dance Contest. So, for those of you able to make the trip down to Indio after you win your passes, here’s your info!

Stoney’s noted on their Facebook page that contestants will be judged individually (even in the partner dances) – and you can compete with someone who is not entering the contest if you choose.

There will also be additional passes (1 pair) given away on Feb. 11, 18, 25 & March 4. Be sure to come out for these raffle dates!

Please note that passes are NOT transferrable

Registration & Competition Start Time: TBD See Stoney’s Facebook
Line Dances:
Tush Push
Gives Me Shivers
Off the Chain
Partner Dances:
Two Step
Country Swing
Drifter
Stoney’s Stagecoach Dance Contest Flyer!

Stoney’s Contest Line Dances

Tush Push

Walkthrough of the Tush Push line dance.

Gives Me Shivers

Candy Sherwin’s demo and teach of the line dance Gives Me Shivers.

Off the Chain

https://youtu.be/ioO4njRJcrU
Fred Whitehouse’s walk-through of his line dance Off the Chain.

Stoney’s Contest Partner Dances

Two Step

Great basics for Two-Step by Anthony and Rose.

Country Swing

Anthony and Rose go over Country Swing Basics.

Drifter

Good tutorial for the partner dance Drifter.

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9. Canyon Club Agoura Hills – March 9, Wednesday

Canyon Club, Agoura Hills dance contest information….

Registration: March 9, 7:00 pm
Age Requirement: 18
Competition Begins: March 9, 8:00 pm
Line Dances:
Late Night Habits
Boys
Cherry Bottom Boom
Partner Dances:
El Paso Cha Cha
Desperado Wrap
Two Step (Mid-Tempo)
The Agoura Canyon Club’s Stagecoach Dance Contest Flyer!

The Canyon, Agoura Hills Contest Line Dances

Late Night Habits

Check out Candy Sherwin’s tutorial for the line dance Late Night Habits.

Boys

https://youtu.be/B-xTEeQaoVY
Scott Blevin’s demo of his line dance Boys.

Cherry Bottom Boom

Adia Nuno’s demo and teach of the line dance Cherry Bottom Boom (aka U Gurl).

The Canyon, Agoura Hills Partner Dances

El Paso Cha Cha

Great teach of El Paso Cha Cha.

Deserado Wrap

A fun demo of the Desperado Wrap happening at the Brandin’ Iron.

Two Step (Mid-Tempo)

Great basics for Two-Step by Anthony and Rose.

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10. Fantasy Springs – March 12, Saturday

Fantasy Springs Stagecoach dance contest information…

Registration: March 12, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Competition Begins: March 12, 6:00 pm
Line Dances:
Lil Bit
Half Past Tipsy
Raised Like That
Partner Dances:
Two Step
Sweethert Schottische
El Paso Cha Cha
Fantasy Spring’s Stagecoach Dance Contest Flyer!

Fantasy Springs Resort’s Contest Line Dances

Lil Bit

https://youtu.be/THbN_zfHTLs
Check out Candy Sherwin’s tutorial for the Lil Bit line dance.

Half Past Tipsy

Demo and teach of the line dance Half Past Tipsy from Regina Cheung.

Raised Like That

Great teach from LineDanceDallas of Daren Bailey’s Raised Like That line dance.

Fantasy Springs Resort’s Contest Partner Dances

Two Step

Great basics for Two-Step by Anthony and Rose.

Sweetheart Schottische

Cindy’s teach of the partner dance Sweetheart Schottische.

El Paso Cha Cha

Great teach of El Paso Cha Cha.

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Good Luck!

Well, I hope this round-up has been helpful to you eyeing these contests this month and salivating over those Stagecoach tickets. Good luck! And even if all you do is participate I’m sure you will have a blast and be a better dancer afterward.

Note: Participants can have a non-contestant partner during the couples’ dances. Only participants will be judged. I actually did this a couple of years ago. I helped out my friend by being her partner during the partner dances. I had a great time and got to be involved while not being an actual participant.


Brian Sheridan

I'm the owner of CDT. I live in Fullerton, California, and enjoy country dancing with my friends at least once a week.

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