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.

This page features items of special note. Use the links below, the menu in the upper right corner, and the links below each article to navigate the rest of our site.

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.

The early registration deadline is midnight, January 31. Also, volunteers are needed to help during the weekend. Visit the Bayou Bedlam website for full details.

Set for Spring in March

Set for Spring Set for Spring, the English Country Dance weekend that rotates between Oklahoma and Texas cities, will be held on the campus of Our Lake of the Lake University in San Antonio on March 9-11. Joseph Pimentel will be calling to the music of Goldcrest.

Online registration is available at setforspring2018.eventbrite.com. Also on that page is a link for reserving dorm rooms on campus.

The early registration deadline is February 19. There are several dance events on campus in the days following Set for Spring that you may be interested in; all can be had for a reduced rate before February 19. Information about those can also be found at setforspring2018.eventbrite.com.

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!

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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Live music always
No partner necessary
All dances taught and prompted

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