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Welcome to 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.

Membership Renewal

All HATDS memberships expire in August. Renew your HATDS membership, or join for the first time, either online or at a dance.

All memberships paid on or before the September 13th dance will receive a coupon for one free dance. That's in addition to the discounted admission price at the dances!

For other reasons to join HATDS, see our Membership page.

Sign Up Online to Help at a Dance

HATDS is starting to use SignUp Genius to schedule volunteers at the dances.

Read more about SignUp Genius on our Volunteer page, or go directly to the SignUp Genius website and volunteer now!

Dance Times, Admission Changing in October

Beginning with the October 11 dance, the Houston contra dances will begin at 7:30 PM and end at 10:30 PM. The Newcomer's Session will start around 7:15 PM.

Also in October, the special Student and Senior admission price will be discontinued. However the discounted Student and Senior membership dues will remain unchanged. Students (18 through 25) and Seniors (65+) should join HATDS to receive the member discount at the dances.

The other admission prices will not change. Non-members will still be $10.00, members will be $6.00, and kids younger than 18 will still be free.

SW Regional Organizers Conference

Southwest Regional Organizers Conference

Dance organizations such as ours are run by volunteers, most of whom have little or no expertise or experience in running a company or organization. The organizers of dance groups around the country often look to each other, and to the Country Dance and Song Society, for help.

The Southwest Regional Organizers Conference, being held this September in Albuquerque, is one of a series of regional events that allow dance organizers to come together and meet with each other as well as with experts in the various issues of organizing an ongoing dance series. The conference is open to all organizers and would-be organizers.

If you would like to attend on behalf of HATDS, are willing to bring back what you learn, and are willing to be involved in the organization and administration of HATDS (if you aren't already), please contact the board. If you are approved, HATDS will reimburse you for the registration fee.

Details at http://cdss.org/swroc/.

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. Younger kids are free, students 18-25 with ID are $5 (the student discount is being discontinued in October 2014).

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 eitquette 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