This is the web site of the Houston Area Traditional Dance Society, a volunteer-run, 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.

Monster Flash!

Pumpkin. This clip art is believed to be in the public domain.The October 25 dance will be our Harvest celebration / Halloween dance. Wear something spooky or seriously silly. Let's have fun!

Sign Up Online to Help at a Dance

All dances through the end of the year need volunteer helpers!

Read about signing up on our Volunteer page, or just do it here:

New Dance Times

The Houston contra dances now begin at 7:30 PM and end at 10:30 PM. The Newcomer's Session starts around 7:15 PM.

Old Time Square Dance in November

Old Time Squares (as opposed to Modern Western Squares; see this page for differences New Window) are becoming popular again. There have been "Dare to Be Square" weekends on both coasts.

Here's the Texas Star done at one of the east coast Dare to Be Square weekends:

Steve Bing, who always calls a square or two when he calls contras, will call a full evening of old time squares on Saturday, November 15 at St. Andrews. The Laughing Lizards will play.

There will be a caller's workshop the afternoon before the dance for those interested in learning to call old time squares. Email board@hatds.org for more information.

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 7:30 PM; the regular dance begins at 8:00 (note that these times are changing in October 2014. See the article on this page). Check our schedule page for specifics. You may also sign up for our email reminders; read more on the Email Reminders page. 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