Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Come Dance with Us!

HATDS is an all-volunteer organization that sponsors contra and English Country dancing in Houston, Texas.

At the dance

Contra dances are held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, and English Country dances are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, of most months. See the Event Calendar and About Our Dances for details.

We also sponsor a community band, called Contra Dan's, for musicians who would like to play for dances.

This page features items of special note. Use the Menu in the upper right corner and the links below each article to navigate the rest of our site.

A Flyer for Your Fridge and Friends

Here is a flyer that you can download and print. You can put it on your fridge to remind you of our dances. You can post it on a local bulletin board. Better yet, give it to your friends, especially those who live in West University Place, and invite them to dance with us!

Can Dancing Help Make You Happy?

We dancers know the answer to that question: it's a resounding Yes!

But if you're not already a dancer and you need another reason and maybe some scientific research to nudge yourself off of the couch, or to be more sociable, or generally to have more fun, check out the articles linked below. (They will each open in a new tab.)

Happy Dancer! Happy Dancer!

Contra dancing is one of the easiest, least expensive, most fun and sociable forms of dance in the world. Come dance with us and experience it for yourself!

You'll be happy that you did.

Fragrance Free

Please help us keep all HATDS events fragrance-free. This means no smoking, no alcohol, and no scented personal products, especially perfumes, colognes, and aftershaves.

See our Why Fragrance Free? page for an explanation and a list of some of the fragrance-free personal products that are available.

Thank you!

Please Help at a Contra Dance

Each evening of contra dancing can not happen without several helping hands. Please lend yours!

We use SignUp Genius as a management tool, so we know in advance which jobs are covered and which need a volunteer. Click the button below to see what jobs are available and a short description of each. While you're there, sign up to help!


Contra Dan's Community 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.

Playing for the danceHATDS has a community band that anyone who plays an instrument 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.

Dancing at the West U Community Center
Dancing at the West University Community Center. Photo by Michelle Lynskey.

Live music always
No partner necessary
All dances taught and prompted

Live music always | No partner necessary | All dances taught and prompted