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Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

All public regular HATDS dances remain suspended. However Bayou Bedlam is open to non-members.


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At the dance

At a Glance

All regular public HATDS dances remain suspended until further notice. We are monitoring the area's COVID statistics as well as national coverage .

Updates for public dances will be posted here and sent to our main email list. We send emails to this list only when there is news to share about public dances. Otherwise the list is dormant.

As we resume regular dances, the initial dances will be limited to HATDS members. To join HATDS, visit our membership pages.

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

Bayou Bedlam

Bayou Bedlam

Bayou Bedlam is our annual contradance festival held each February. We are planning an in-person event in 2022, although it's been scaled down to a double dance. See for details.

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

Seth Tepfer of Atlanta maintains a listing of events at

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

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: