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.

Annual Membership Drive

All HATDS memberships expire at the end of August. The new membership year begins September 1.

Once again, the HATDS Board of Directors has

To learn how your dues are used and the various ways that you can renew (or join for the first time), visit our membership page. If you're ready to join online—our preferred method—click to go directly to the membership form.

Special Events

September 5

Our regular 1st Thursday English country dance will celebrate HATDS' birthday (9/14/1990) with lots of chocolate and live music by Kendall Rogers.

September 7

The HATDS birthday celebration contra dance with chocolate. Join HATDS before the night is over for a certificate for one free regular contra or English dance before September 2020.

September 21 & 22

A "mini weekend festival" in central Texas with a Saturday night dance in Austin and a Sunday afternoon dance in San Marcos. Details at taada.us.

October 25-27

Fire Ant Frolic weekend festival in Austin fea­tur­ing Lindsey Dono calling to Toss the Possum. Details and online reg­istra­tion at fireantfrolic.org.

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!

Please Help at a Contra Dance

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

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!


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