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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Set for Spring

On March 24-27 Austin will host Set for Spring, the annual ECD festival that rotates between Austin, Dallas, Houston, and OKC. Joanna Reiner-Wilkinson and Persons of Quality are the featured talent. Details and online registration at setforspring.org.

Special ECD Style Workshop

There will be a special English Country Dance workshop/dance on Thursday, March 30th at St. Andrews, from 7:15 to 9:15 pm, led by John Bloom.

John writes: "We will have fewer dances and focus more on style. We will do exercises intended to teach certain points, do dances to practice those points, discuss how it went, and do the dances again if needed."

Beginning and intermediate dancers will benefit greatly from such a workshop. Advanced dancers are also welcome, especially since they can help model desired behaviors.

Special Contra in San Antonio

San Antonio is hosting a special evening dance on Friday, March 31 with the nationally-known musicians who will be playing the Saturday evening Scot’s Ball: violinist Elke Baker and pianist Dave Wiesler.

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.

Please Lend a Hand

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