Houston Area Traditional Dance Society Birthday cake for HATDS

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.

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Ceili on September 30

HATDS will be hosting an Irish Ceili on Saturday, September 30 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, the location of our regular contra and English dances.

This will be a special dance with live Irish music and a variety of Irish dances. The all-star band includes some of Houston’s best Irish musicians:

Dances will be taught and called by James Baker from Austin.

General admission is $10, HATDS members $6, under 18 free.

Renew Your HATDS Membership

Hat All HATDS memberships that have not been renewed expired on August 31.

You can join and pay online or at a dance. To get started with the online form or to learn more about HATDS membership, visit our membership page.

Fire Ant Frolic

Fire Ant FrolicAustin's Fire Ant Frolic contra dance weekend will be held October 27-29. The band Notorious, featuring Houston's own Eden MacAdam-Somer, will be joined by caller Will Mentor (who called at Bayou Bedlam with Perpetual e-Motion in 2014).

Details and online registration are at the Fire Ant Frolic website.

There will not be a contra dance in Houston that Saturday.

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