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.

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:

Tree OrnamentHoliday Ball

The Holiday Ball will be at St. Andrews this year. It will be on December 13 starting at 7:30. Since it's a special occasion, we will extend the end time to 11:00. Subject to Change will play, and the community of HATDS callers will call.

Bayou Bedlam fiddling frogBayou Bedlam

Bayou Bedlam is the weekend of February 13, 14, and 15. This year Sarah VanNorstrand will call to The Accordion Knot. All of the details are at bayoubedlam.org, and online registration is now open.

Set for Spring 2015

Set for Spring Annual English Country Dance weekendExactly 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.

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