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.

Set for Spring

On March 24-27, Austin will host Set for Spring, the annual ECD festival that rotates between Austin, Dallas, Houston, and OKC. Joanna Reiner-Wilkinson and Persons of Quality are the featured talent. Registration is now open.

Bayou Bedlam 2018? Maybe Not!

This year's Bayou Bedlam festival was really good! A great band and caller, and a good turnout with dancers coming from as far away as Wales.

Will there be a BB in 2018?However, the future of Bayou Bedlam is in doubt. The same few people have been producing Bayou Bedlam for several years now. Many are burned out, have other committments, are retired and traveling, and/or moving on to other areas of interest (or to other areas of the country!).

Without new volunteers stepping up to plan and produce it, there may not be a Bayou Bedlam in 2018. If you are in the Houston area, would like to see Bayou Bedlam continue, and are willing to get involved, please email BB18@hatds.org today!

Please Lend a Hand

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. Use the links below to find out more about helping out, then sign up!


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