This is the web site of the Houston Area Traditional Dance Society, a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that sponsors and promotes contra and English Country dancing in the Houston, Texas metro area.

We are a group affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society and the Texas International Folk Dancers.

Upcoming Events

Click for an expanded schedule with footnotes and options.

English Country Dancing—Amy Interviews John

Click to listen to Amy Bishop's interview with John Bloom concerning English Country Dancing.

Our English Country dances are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at St. Andrews, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. There's more information on our ECD page.

Sign Up Online to Help at a Dance

All dances need volunteer helpers. Read about signing up on our Volunteer page, or just do it here:

Contra Dan's Open Contra Dance Band

Do you play an instrument? Would you like to play for our dances? Being in a contra dance band is a lot of fun with none of the pressure of concert music. The ability to read music is a plus and sheet music is provided. See the Contra Dan's page for details.

About our dances

HATDS sponsors contra dances on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of most months at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. We offer a newcomers' session around 7:15 PM; the regular dance begins at 7:30. Check our schedule page for specifics. If you support HATDS by becoming a member you will receive a discount at our dances.

Speaking of discounts, the admission is $6 for members of HATDS, $10 for the general public. Kids under 18 are free.

Don't know what contra is? See our About Contra and Contra FAQ pages.

Looking for English Country Dancing? Our English Country page has the information you need.

All dances are open to the public, feature live music, and are smoke- and alcohol-free. We also ask that you come fragrance-free. No partner is necessary (it's contra dance etiquette to dance with different partners) and all dances are taught. See our About Contra page for more details.

Join us at a dance! We think that you will find us to be a friendly and welcoming group and contra dance to be great fun and exercise.

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Live music always | No partner necessary | All dances taught and prompted