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Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

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


Early HATDS t-shirt design by Lauren Singer
At the dance

At a Glance

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?

The COVID landscape is certainly looking better. Positivity rates are down and there seems to be a light at the end of this long tunnel.

But we dancers are not at the end of the tunnel yet. Contra dance is the perfect super-spreader event, not everyone is willing to get vaccinated, and the virus is constantly mutating.* Plus our dance halls currently have restrictions that make it difficult to dance as we would like.

For those reasons, we do not have a target date for the resumption of in-person dances.

*For a leading virologist's view on the different strains of the coronavirus, read this excellent article in the Houston Chronicle or, even better, listen to the podcast on the same 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.

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

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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 He also sends an email every Friday and Monday listing those events. 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

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 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



Every Tuesday at 6:00 CT, Karen Axelrod 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

5 Things 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

Here is the chat with Joanna Reiner, who would have been our caller at Set for Spring 2020. 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: