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.

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!


Special Events

December 7

The annual HATDS Holiday Ball contra dance will be on December 7 at St. Andrew's Episcopal, 1819 Heights Blvd, where we used to hold the regular dances. The West U Community Center is being used for a different function that night, and St. Andrew's has allowed us to come back for this one dance.

See the Holiday Ball page for a complete description.

February 14-16

Our own Bayou Bedlam contra dance festival takes place February 14-16, 2020. Susan Michaels will be calling to Pete's Posse. Full details and online registration are at BayouBedlam.org .

March 20-22

HATDS is hosting the annual English Country dance week­end Set for Spring next March. The weekend is full and no more registrations are being taken, but you may put your name on the wait list if you'd like.

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

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!

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!

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