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Houston Area Traditional Dance Society


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 are a group affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society and the Texas International Folk Dancers.

Check out the rest of this page for announcements and upcoming special events. Use the Menu button in the upper right to navigate our site.

Bayou Bedlam 2016

Bayou BedlamBayou Bedlam is mere days away! It's a full weekend of contra dancing on February 12-14, 2016.

We are featuring Susan Kevra from Nashville and Nor'easter from the Boston area. See bayoubedlam.org for all of the details and online registration.

There are several easy jobs that need doing during the weekend, starting with Slice 'n Dice on Wednesday the 10th. Please help if you can! See the volunteer page for details and to sign up.

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!


English Country: Time Shift

HATDS ECD, which meets on the first and third Thursday of each month, now starts at 7:15 pm and ends at 9:30 pm.

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 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

Word Cloud of terms that describe our dancesHATDS 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.

The admission is $6 for members of HATDS, $10 for the general public. Kids under 18 are free.

You can sign up for our email reminders, sent at the beginning of each month.

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.

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