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Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Come Dance with Us!

HATDS is a volunteer organization that sponsors contra dancing and English Country dancing in Houston, Texas.

At the dance

Contra Dances

Contra dances are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of most months (but not this December; see Special Events below). 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

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

Upcoming Special Events

December Schedule

The December contra dances have been moved to the first and third Saturdays (the 2nd and 16th). The Holiday Ball is on the 16th at KOC; see below.

The December 17 English dance has been cancelled. ECD will meet only on the 1st and 5th Sundays (the 3rd and 31st). The 5th Sunday dance (NYE) will be a special dance. Join the ECD mailing list for the most up-to-date information.

Holiday Ball

Holiday BallThe HATDS Holiday Ball takes place on Saturday, December 16 at the Knights of Columbus Roemer Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.

This year's ball will feature both contra and English dances with calling by the HATDS Caller Community and music by Kendall Rogers and Katie Geringer.

For more information, see our Holiday Ball page.

February 9-11

Bayou Bedlam is our annual contra dance festival. Details and online registration (now open!) are on the Bayou Bedlam website.

Houston-area dancers, be sure to read this important page concerning Bayou Bedlam.

Dance Location and Policies

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

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 on the dance floor. 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.

Become a Member!

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No partner necessary | All dances taught and prompted