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 most 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.

Bayou Bedlam February 14-16

Bayou Bedlam is Houston's annual contra dance festival. The 2020 festival, our 26th, takes place February 14-16 and features Susan Michaels calling to Pete's Posse. As usual, we include Saturday lunch and Sunday brunch prepared by Alice Bohlae and her All Star Chefs, and snacks throughout the weekend.

Full details and online registration are at BayouBedlam.org.

Other Special Events

January 30

English Country Dance at First UU Church. Since January has an extra Thursday, we've decided to have an extra ECD.

February 8

The George Ranch Historical Park presents Victorians Behaving Badly, a fun evening of late 19th Century dance, parlor games, and food. The event takes place in a lovely old dance hall. The dance portion is being produced by HATDS and features Grant Goodyear and Subject to Change. HATDS members receive a discount. Click for details.

February 29

HATDS will have a special dance featuring easy, fun, old-time square dances. It will be led by Steve Bing at the West U Community Center. Usual times and prices apply.

There will also be a special old time Contra Chestnuts dance in Austin that same evening. Details are on this page.

March 20-22

HATDS is hosting the annual English Country dance week­end Set for Spring in March. The weekend filled up in November and registration has been closed since then. If you have not already registered, you may not attend any part of the weekend.

There will not be a contra dance on March 21.

March 28

The contra dance that would normally be held on March 21 will be held on March 28 instead.

April 24-26

When in Doubt, Swing!, the Dallas contradance festival, takes place April 24-26. Details on NTTDS.org.

Please Help at a Contra Dance!

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

We have a special need for sound techs and sound tech assistants. Assistants are critical; they help set up speakers and microphones, plug in cables, and so forth. You can be an assistant without ever learning to run the mixing console, or you can start out as an assistant and get trained on the mixer so that you can be a lead sound tech. For details, email the board.

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!

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A Flier for Your Fridge and Friends

Here is a contra dance flier 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!

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