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 (large)

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.

We also sponsor an open band, called Contra Dan's, for musicians who would like to play for dances.

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It's Time to Renew Your Membership

All HATDS memberships expire at the end of August; our new membership year starts September 1.

See our membership page for reasons to become a HATDS member. To go directly to the online form, follow this link.

If you renew or join before the end of our birthday contra dance on September 8th, you will receive a certificate for one free dance during the 2018-2019 membership year. The certificate can be used at a contra dance or an English Country dance.

We prefer that you fill in the membership form online, whether or not you pay online, as that reduces data entry errors by someone who has to read your handwriting. If you prefer to pay with cash or check, please fill out the form online, print it out, and mail it or bring it to a dance.

Thank You, Stan and Rosie!

HATDS thanks Stan and Rosemary Swanson for their generous donation to HATDS made on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. We sincerely appreciate their thoughtfulness and wish them many more years of dancing.

You also can donate to HATDS, either with a monetary gift or a gift of your time. When you renew your membership, please consider adding a donation and/or clicking the volunteer box. To sign up to help at a dance, go directly to our sign up page.

Special Dances

Special English Country Dance

HATDS is co-sponsoring a special English dance on Saturday, September 1 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm at St. Andrews. This dance will feature guest callers from across the country who are in town for a callers' workshop. Live music will be provided by New Orleans fiddler Daron Douglas and our own Kendall Rogers. Daron is a renowned ECD musician who performs and records with Goldcrest and Foxfire, so this will be a real treat.

The weekend is supported in part by the Mary Kay Friday Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society.

HATDS Birthday Dance

HATDS was incorporated on September 14, 1990. We will celebrate HATDS’ 28th birthday at the first English Country dance (on the 6th) and the first contra dance (on the 8th) of September.

Celebrate HATDS' birthday in SeptemberWe'll have a chocolate extravaganza at both dances. HATDS will provide chocolate cake; you are encouraged to bring your appetite, and maybe some more chocolate or things that go with chocolate.

CDSS Benefit Dance

The contra dance on September 22 is a benefit for the Country Dance and Song Society, of which HATDS is an affiliate member. All proceeds from this dance will be donated to CDSS.

CDSS is a North American organization whose mission is similar to HATDS', but on a much larger scale. HATDS benefits from membership in CDSS, most recently with the English caller's workshop and dance over the Labor Day weekend, and would like to give something back.

Not for Beginners Contra Dance

There are five Saturdays in September. On the fifth Saturday, the 29th, we will have a contra dance with much less teaching than usual. While not strictly a dance for advanced dancers, this special dance is not for beginners.

Virginia Reel in Kazakstan!

OK, this has already happened, and most of us couldn't be there. Jump over to our Facebook group to see a video of HATDS founding member and current CDSS VP Dorcas Hand calling the Virginia Reel in Kazakstan. No Facebook account is required, but if you have one, join our group while you're there.

Hall Search!

St. Andrews is not renting to outside groups next year, so we need a new place by January. We have formed a Hall Search Committee. If you know of any places we should investigate, or if you are interested in helping on the Hall Search Committee, please let us know. Email board@hatds.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!

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Hall full of dancers (large)

Live music always
No partner necessary
All dances taught and prompted

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