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.

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Double Dance in Bryan

Stan and Rosie Swanson invite us all to a free Double Dance and light meal in Bryan on Saturday, August 4 to celebrate 50 years of dancing and marriage. Calling by Joseph Pimentel from Houston, music by Jalapeño Honey from BCS and Mimi & Allison from Dallas. Details at celebrate50.net.

Hall Search

St. Andrews is not renting to outside groups next year, so we need a new place by January. We are forming a Hall Search Committee. If you know of any places we should investigate, or if you are interested in helping on the Hall Search Committee, please let us know. Email board@hatds.org.

Special English Country Dance

HATDS is co-sponsoring a special English dance on Saturday, September 1 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm at St. Andrews. This dance will feature guest callers from across the country who are in town for a callers' workshop, and there will be live music featuring New Orleans fiddler Daron Douglas and our own Kendall Rogers. Daron is a renowned ECD musician who performs and records with Goldcrest and Foxfire, so this will be a real treat.

The weekend is supported in part by the Mary Kay Friday Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society.

HATDS Code of Conduct

HATDS is publishing a formalized Code of Conduct in order to document our expectations that our dances remain welcoming events where everyone can feel comfortable. You can read more about the Code and about the measures in place to support it on the Code of Conduct web page.

A PDF copy of the full Code is linked below. Copies will also be available at every dance.

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

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