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.

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.

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HATDS Dances Have Moved!

HATDS-sponsored contra dances have moved to the West University Community Center and to the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. There is no change in times or admission prices.

English Country Dancing has moved to First Unitarian-Universalist Church. The dances remain on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 7:15 to 9:15 pm, but the cost has gone up to $7.50.

Board Meeting

The HATDS Board of Directors will meet again on Tuesday, January 29 at 7:30 pm. Board meetings are open to all members. If you have items for the agenda or wish to attend, email the board (board@hatds.org) in advance.

Bayou Bedlam 2019

Bayou BedlamBayou Bedlam is Houston's weekend contra­dance fest­i­val, taking place February 8-10, 2019. We're bring­ing Dana Parkinson and Nova to Texas for the first time.

Visit bayoubedlam.org for details and online registration.

If you are in the Houston area, please lend us a hand to make Bayou Bedlam a welcoming, successful event. There are several ways to help; a few are listed here.

Set for Spring

This English Country dance weekend festival, which rotates between Texas and Oklahoma, will take place in Oklahoma City on March 15-17, 2019. Caller Graham Christian will be working with Alchemy.

Details and online registration are at Setforspring.org.

Please Lend a Hand at a Dance

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, 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!


Hall full of dancers

Live music always
No partner necessary
All dances taught and prompted

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