This is the web site of the Houston Area Traditional Dance Society, a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 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.

Sign Up Online to Help at a Dance

All dances need volunteer helpers. Read about signing up on our Volunteer page, or go directly to our SignUpGenius page on their mobile site or on their full site.

Membership Renewal

All HATDS memberships expire in August.

Membership dues support the administration of HATDS. In return for their support, members receive a discount at regular dances and at Bayou Bedlam. Members receive a special name tag, have voting privileges, and may serve on our board of directors.

Memberships created or renewed in August are effective immediately and are good through the following August. Everyone who joins or renews before the first dance in September will receive a coupon good for one free dance.

Go to our membership page to renew or to join.

Bylaws Revision

The HATDS Bylaws are in need of revision partially to satisfy legal requirements, partially to correct typographical mistakes, and partially to update them to reflect our current practices.

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Members will be able to comment and vote on the proposed changes (another reason to join HATDS). The vote will be in October.

Special Event with George Marshall and Ladies at Play

HATDS is bringing renowned Massachusetts caller and organizer George Marshall, along with the popular Oklahoma-based band Ladies at Play, to Houston on the weekend of December 12.

There will be either a dance or concert Friday evening at St. Andrews. On Saturday we will be at the Knights of Columbus for workshops during the day and our annual Holiday Ball that evening.

Bayou BedlamBayou Bedlam 2016

We are bringing Susan Kevra and Nor'easter to town on February 12-14, 2016. See bayoubedlam.org for all of the details.

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.

Upcoming Events

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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 7:15 PM; the regular dance begins at 7:30. Check our schedule page for specifics. 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