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Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Come Dance with Us!

HATDS sponsors regular contra dances and English Country dances, plus the occasional Old-Time Square dance, in Houston, Texas.

Contra Dances

At the dance

Contra dances are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of most months. Check our schedule page or sign up for email reminders to stay current. Updates will also be posted to our Facebook group and Instagram page.

Specifics about each dance are posted on our Google calendar.

Become a member to receive a $5 discount at every regular contra dance.


HATDS members, please volunteer to be a door manager or hall manager at a contra dance. Sign up on our SignUp Genius page.

English Country Dances

English Country Dancing

HATDS English dances are on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays with the occasional exception. For details, see our ECD page. To stay current with the ECD schedule, subscribe to the HATDS ECD mailing list or check the HATDS calendar.

Location, Policies, & Prices

All HATDS regular dances are open to the public and are currently held at Dauntless Dance & Movement, 3221 Houston Ave, 77009.

Attend at your own risk. Do not attend if you are not feeling well.

Masks are welcomed but not required.

Do not attend our dances smelling of alcohol, smoke, or fragrances .

To protect the floor and keep the space clean:

  • Do not wear street shoes for dancing. Bring clean, low-heel shoes that will not scuff or damage the floor, or dance in stocking feet.
  • You may bring water in closed containers—there's no water fountain. No other beverages are allowed.
  • You may bring snacks but they must be consumed outside.

The admission price for contra dances is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. ECD is $10 for members and non-members alike.

Cash, checks, credit cards, and digital wallets are currently accepted at the door. If paying cash, please bring correct change. No large bills accepted.

Special events have their own pricing structure.


The membership pages are currently offline. Starting August 1 you may join for the new membership year that begins September 1.


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No partner necessary | All dances taught and prompted