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Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

All HATDS in-person events remain suspended until further notice.

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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.

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

When Can We Dance Again?

For a while things were looking better, but no longer. We still do not have a firm target date for the resumption of in-person dances.

Membership

Current HATDS memberships have been extended through August 2022. If you are a current member and would like to remain so, no action is needed on your part. If you have moved and/or are no longer interested in receiving HATDS member benefits, please email our membership coordinator and request to have your membership cancelled.

For more information about HATDS membership, see the membership page.

Donations Accepted

Although HATDS is fortunate to be in good financial shape, we do have ongoing annual expenses but no membership or dance income to defray them. We gladly accept direct donations in any amount (minimum $5, please) to offset those expenses.

For more details, see our donation page.

You can also support HATDS through the AmazonSmile program.

However, Amazon donates only 0.5% of eligible purchases to HATDS—that’s only $0.50 for every $100 spent—so please use AmazonSmile to supplement but not replace direct donations. Thanks!

Events @Home

Please send corrections and additions for this page to website@hatds.org. Thanks!

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 List and Email

Seth Tepfer of Atlanta maintains a listing of events at http://contradance.link/UpcomingEvents. He also sends an email every Friday and Monday listing those events. Email seth.tepfer@emory.edu 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 bacds.org 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

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 info@tecda.ca. Website


Atlanta DistDance sponsors ECD on some Mondays. Website


Symmetry ECD is a virtual dance community that holds several dances a week 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


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: