Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Welcome, Dancers!

The Houston Area Traditional Dance Society is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that sponsors contra and English country dancing in the Houston, Texas metro area.

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We sponsor two contra dances and two English country dances each month, a weekend contra dance festival in February, and other special events throughout the year.

This page features items of special note. Use the menu in the upper right corner and the links below each article to navigate the rest of our site.

Holiday Ball

OrnamentThe HATDS Holiday Ball will be held the evening of December 10 at St. Andrews. Subject to Change will provide the music and members of the HATDS Caller Community will call. We will start at 7:30, end at 11:00, and take two breaks to visit and to enjoy the food that dancers bring to share.

The Holiday Ball will be the only HATDS-sponsored contra dance in December.

Bayou Bedlam

Bayou Bedlam is our weekend of contra dance featuring a nationally-acclaimed band and caller. The next Bayou Bedlam will be held February 10-12, 2017 and feature Susan Kevra calling to Alchemy.

All of the details, including online registration, can be found at BayouBedlam.org.

On Thursday, February 9, we will hold a special English country dance at St. Andrews that also features Susan and Alchemy. Click for details.

English Country Special Events

As noted above, we will host a special evening of English country dancing on Thursday, February 9 that features Susan Kevra from Nashville calling to the music of Alchemy.

On March 24-27, Austin will host Set for Spring, the annual ECD festival that rotates between Austin, Dallas, Houston, and OKC. Joanna Reiner-Wilkinson and Persons of Quality are the featured talent. Registration is now open.

Please Lend a Hand

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