Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Come Dance with Us!

We are the Houston Area Traditional Dance Society, an all-volunteer organization that sponsors contra and English country dancing in the Houston, Texas metro area.

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Contra dances are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, and English country dances are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, of most months. See the Event Calendar for details.

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Time to renew your HATDS Membership

HatIt's that time of year—the august month of August—when all HATDS memberships sadly expire.

Once again the Board of Directors has decreed that all members who renew or join from August 1 through the first contra dance in September (on the 9th) will receive a certificate for one free dance in the 2017-2018 membership year.

You can join and pay online or at a dance. To get started with the online form or to learn more about HATDS membership, visit our membership page.

Special ECD on August 31, September 2

Heights ECD will take advantage of the five Thursdays in August and have a extra English country dance on Thursday, August 31 at the usual time (7:15 pm) and place (St. Andrews). We'll spend time working on slightly more challenging dances than we usually do at our regular first and third Thursday dances.

CDSSThen on Saturday, September 2, there will be a very special English dance cosponsored by HATDS and the Country Dance and Song Society. This dance will feature guest callers from across the country who are in town for a callers workshop. There will be live music featuring New Orleans fiddler Daron Douglas and our own Kendall Rogers. Daron is a renowned ECD musician who performs and records with Goldcrest and Foxfire, so this will be a real treat.

The dance will be held at St. Andrew's from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. Admission is $10.

The weekend is supported in part by the Mary Kay Friday Leadership Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society.

Fire Ant Frolic

Fire Ant FrolicAustin's Fire Ant Frolic contra dance weekend will be held October 27-29. The band Notorious, featuring Houston's own Eden MacAdam-Somer, will be joined by caller Will Mentor (who called at Bayou Bedlam with Perpetual e-Motion in 2014).

Details and online registration are at the Fire Ant Frolic website.

Please Lend a Hand at a Dance

Our dances don't “just happen”. Each evening of dancing requires many helping hands. Please lend yours!

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