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Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Houston Area Traditional Dance Society


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Dances Suspended

All HATDS dances remain suspended until further notice. Updates will be posted here and sent to our email list. If you are not signed up for our emails, you can do so here.

Bayou Bedlam 2021 has been cancelled as an in-person event. We may do something online instead. Watch the Bayou Bedlam site and our emails for updates.

You can connect with other dancers through the HATDS Facebook group and through some of the events listed in the @Home section below.

Fire Ant Frolic Virtual Event

Presented by the Traditional Austin Area Dance Association. Email for the Zoom link.

Fire Ant Frolic, 7-9 pm on Oct. 31

The graphic states the time as 7 to 9 CST, but the time change from daylight savings to standard time does not occur until 2:00 am on November 1. Remember to set your clocks back, but not until after this virtual event.

Events @Home

CDSS Events List

The place to start for @Home events. Includes some of the events we list below along with several more, including concerts, classes for callers and musicians, song sessions, dances, etc. Website

Seth Tepfer's Email List

Seth Tepfer of Atlanta sends an email listing of select upcoming events, including contra and ECD, every Friday and Monday. Email if you'd like to be added to his list.

Contra Dance and Music

The Bay Area CDS and other California groups are hosting several events online, both on Facebook Live and Zoom. Start at for a constantly-updated list and links.

There is a Thursday virtual dance from Seattle's Lake City Contra series. Website

A contra Distance Dance from Atlanta happens on Fridays. Website

The Scissortail TDS of Oklahoma sponsors 4th Friday dances (and occasionally other days) of both contra and English. Website

The Portland (OR) Country Dance Community is producing live events called Portland Live. Website

Country Dance Music Radio

CDMR is an internet streaming radio station playing the music you love to dance to! You can also support the musicians through links on the site, including Daron Douglas, who would have been the violinist at Set for Spring. Website

English Country Dance

Dances for 1 or 2

There are several new dances being written or old ones adapted for one or two people. Choreography and other links are being collected here.

Videos of some of these dances have been collected by Bob Green. Website

Hundreds of people join Sharon Green and Kalia Kliban for the Odd Sunday English Dances that start at 3:30 CT on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of each month. There's no website, but you can email Sharon and ask to be put on the mailing list, and/or you can join the (very active) ECD mailing list for announcements of these and other events.

The Toronto ECD group does these dances over Zoom every Friday 6-8. Contact Website

Atlanta Atlanta DistDance sponsors ECD on some Mondays. Website

Symmetry ECD is a virtual dance community that holds Sunday dances at 1:00 CT and has workshops for those who would like to call virtual dances. Website

Online ECD from the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (DC) on Wednesday evenings. Website

Oklahoma caller Louise Siddons created a video in which she teaches seven dances for solo dancers. The music is provided by Oklahoma musicians. YouTube

The Scissortail TDS of Oklahoma sponsors 4th Friday dances (and occasionally other days) of both contra and English. Website

Tapestry Folkdance Center of Minneapolis offers online ECD on Sunday evenings and International dances on Wednesday afternoons and Friday evenings. Website



Every Tuesday at 6:00 CT, Karen Axelrod, who would have been the pianist at Set for Spring, offers In the Moment: A NOT Concert on Facebook Live where she plays along with recordings of tunes that friends have sent her. Find Karen at karen.axelrod.9.

Once the live stream is over, videos of Karen's not-concerts are viewable by anyone without a Facebook account. We are maintaining an index of those videos on a special Karen Axelrod page here on

Playing with Phantoms is an ECD version of Music Minus One. A trio of accomplished west coast musicians are producing recordings of popular ECD tunes that allow a solo performer to fill in a missing part. A PDF of the tune and chords is also provided, so a copy of Barnes is not required. Each tune is available at a small fee. Website

Web Chats

The Historical Tea and Dance Society of Pasadena, California is presenting 5 Things: An English Country Dance Web Talk, a series of chats with ECD callers and musicians from the US and the UK. Tuesdays, 8 pm CT. Prior weeks are available to watch on their Facebook page (FB account not required). Facebook | Website

British caller Colin Hume has created an index of and links to all of the 5 Things chats. See

Here is the chat with Joanna Reiner, who would have been our caller at Set for Spring. Joanna doesn't join the chat until about 12 minutes in. It's well worth a listen.

ECD Videos

Maintained by the Lambertville Country Dancers. Website

International Folk Dance

IFD generally works quite well as solo dancing. There are dozens of Zoom sessions being run by people around the world. Some have 40 or so participants, but others have hundreds or even thousands of dancers all dancing together at the same time.

Here are a few: