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.
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.
HATDS is a group affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society and the Texas International Folk Dancers.
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Concert and ECD in San Marcos with Jacqueline Schwab
San Marcos Contra is teaming up with Austin English Country Dance to present pianist Jacqueline Schwab in an afternoon concert and an evening English dance on October 8. Houston's own Joseph Pimentel will lead the ECD. The events take place in the United Campus Ministry building near the campus of Texas State University. The UCM hall is possibly the finest dance and concert space available to any of the Texas traditional dance groups.
Fire Ant Frolic
Fire Ant Frolic is Austin's contra dance weekend. This year FAF takes place November 18-20 and features fiddler Jamie Laval and guitarist Owen Morrison playing for the calling of Susan Petrick. Details, including online registration, can be found at fireantfrolic.org.
Please Lend a Hand
Our dances don't “just happen”. Each evening of dancing requires many helping hands. Please lend yours!
We use SignUp Genius as a management tool. Use the links below to find out more about helping out, then sign up!
Contra Dan's Open Band
Do you play an instrument? Would you like to play for our dances? Playing for dancers is a lot of fun with none of the pressure of concert music.
HATDS has an open band that anyone who plays an instrument can join; we call it Contra Dan's Band. Follow the link below to see if joining Contra Dan's is something you might enjoy.
About our dances
HATDS sponsors contra dances on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of most months at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. We offer a newcomers' session around 7:15 pm; the regular dance begins at 7:30. Check our schedule page for specifics. The admission is $6 for members of HATDS, $10 for the general public. Kids under 18 are free.
HATDS sponsors English Country Dancing on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, also at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. ECD starts at 7:15 and goes until 9:15 pm. Admission is $5 per person.
Contra dances always feature live music.
English Country is done to recorded music except on special occasions.
We also sponsor an open band, called Contra Dan's, for anyone who plays an instrument and would like to occasionally play at a contra dance.
If you wish, sign up for our email reminders that are sent at the beginning of each month.
All dances are open to the public 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.
Join us at a dance! We think that you will find us to be a friendly and welcoming group and contra and English Country dance to be great fun and exercise.
Live music always | No partner necessary | All dances taught and prompted