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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ECD News

Dance Demonstration

On Saturday, December 9, several of the regular dancers from HATDS' English Country Dance group, led by John Bloom, demonstrated dances from the 1650s to the present day for patrons of the Cinco Ranch Public Library. We were invited as part of the library's celebration of the birth of Jane Austen (b. 12/16/1775).

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John also talked about the history and different forms of English dancing. The crowd seemed interested and appreciative. The dancers had a lot of fun (maybe too much fun at times!) and enjoyed the cookies and cakes provided by the library.

ECD Holiday Dance

Happy HolidaysThere will be English Country Dancing as usual on the third Thursday, December 21, but that particular evening will be a special holiday party. Kendall Rogers will provide live music and puns, some dancers may dress up, and there will be snacks and good times to share and enjoy.

Dancing starts around 7:15 pm and ends around 9:15 at St. Andrews.

HATDS ECD is an informal, welcoming evening of dance. Come join us!

CDSS Winter Appeal


CDSSThe Country Dance and Song Society is a national nonprofit organization that works to benefit and support dance, music, and song groups across North America.

HATDS is an affiliate member of CDSS and has received grants from them to support some of our special events. HATDS founding member Dorcas Hand currently serves as Vice President on the CDSS Board.

DorcasLike many nonprofits this time of year, CDSS is raising money to support even stronger outreach for 2018. Use the links below for more information on CDSS and its many programs, and please consider both joining and giving to CDSS.

Thank you!

Bayou Bedlam in February

Bayou BedlamBayou Bedlam is our annual contra dance festival. The 2018 festival will take place February 9-11 and feature Dugan Murphy from Portland, ME calling to The Ripples from the Midwest.

Visit the Bayou Bedlam website for full details and to register for the weekend.

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