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 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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ECD Holiday Dance

The HATDS English Country dance on Thursday, December 20th will be a festive holiday dance. Kendall and Katie will provide live music, and dancers are encouraged to dress up and bring a snack to share.

This will be the last English Country dance held at St. Andrews.

HATDS Dances Are Moving!


HATDS-sponsored contra dances will move to the West University Community Center and to the 1st and 3rd Saturdays (the WUCC is not available on the 2nd Saturdays). The first dance at WUCC will be held January 5.

WUCC is located at 6104 Auden at the corner of Rice Blvd. Parking is available on the street as well as in parking lots behind the building on Milton Street. Note that that block of Milton is an west-to-east one-way street; approach it from Weslayan or College.

The contra dances will continue to start at 7:30 and end at 10:30 pm. There will be no change in admission prices.


The HATDS English Country Dancing is moving to First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 5200 Southmore at Fannin. The dances will remain on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 7:15 to 9:15 pm, but the cost will go up to $7.50. We have been assured that a system will be put in place so that no one has to deal with coins. Details will be posted here and in the HATDS emails.

Street parking is available on Southmore and in the office parking lot behind the church. Do not park in the bank parking lot across Southmore.

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.

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

Live music always
No partner necessary
All dances taught and prompted

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