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.
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Bayou Bedlam is our full weekend of contra dancing featuring nationally-known or soon-to-be nationally known talent. This year's Bayou Bedlam is the weekend of February 13, 14, and 15. Sarah VanNorstrand will call to The Accordion Knot. All of the details are at bayoubedlam.org, and online registration is open. The deadline for the early registration discount is midnight, January 31.
Set for Spring 2015
Exactly one month after Bayou Bedlam, on March 13-15, we will be hosting the Set for Spring English Country Dance weekend. Set for Spring has rotated between Austin, Dallas, and Oklahoma City; this will be the first time we've hosted it.
Joseph Pimentel, who initiated the first Set for Spring in 2009 when he lived here, will return to lead the weekend, along with the fabulous band Goldcrest.
Visit setforspring.org for all of the details, including online registration.
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.
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.
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.
Live music always | No partner necessary | All dances taught and prompted