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Welcome to 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.

Upcoming Events

Click for an expanded schedule with footnotes and options.

Dance Times Changing in October

Beginning with the October 11 dance, the Houston contra dances will begin at 7:30 PM and end at 10:30 PM. The Newcomer's Session will start around 7:15 PM.

SW Regional Organizers Conference

Southwest Regional Organizers Conference

Dance organizations such as ours are run by volunteers, most of whom have little or no expertise or experience in running a company or organization. The organizers of dance groups around the country often look to each other, and to the Country Dance and Song Society, for help.

The Southwest Regional Organizers Conference, being held this September in Albuquerque, is one of a series of regional events that allow dance organizers to come together and meet with each other as well as with experts in the various issues of organizing an ongoing dance series. The conference is open to all organizers and would-be organizers.

If you would like to attend on behalf of HATDS, are willing to bring back what you learn, and are willing to be involved in the organization and administration of HATDS (if you aren't already), please contact the board. If you are approved, HATDS will reimburse you for the registration fee.

Details at http://cdss.org/swroc/.

Lend a Hand

HATDS always needs volunteers! To see ways that you can help, take a look at our Getting Involved page. You can also email the board of directors or talk to a board member at a dance.

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. 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. Younger kids are free, students 18-25 with ID are $5.

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 eitquette 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