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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When In Doubt, Swing!

North Texas Traditional Dance SocietyWhen In Doubt, Swing! is the annual contra dance festival of the North Texas Traditional Dance Society. This year it takes place April 21-23 and features Joseph Pimentel calling to Maivish. Details and online registration are on the NTTDS website.

Board Election

HATDS members will soon elect a new board of directors. Nominations for the five-person board are being taken at all of the dances. The election will be in May with the new board taking office at a meeting in June. Only HATDS members may serve as a director or nominate someone for the board.

A member who is interested in serving should contact a present director at board@hatds.org.

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!


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