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Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Houston Area Traditional Dance Society


HATDS is an all-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. Check our schedule page or sign up for email reminders to stay current. Updates will also be posted to our Facebook group.

Specifics about each dance are posted on our Google calendar.

There is no regular contra dance on February 11. It is replaced by the Saturday evening dance at Bayou Bedlam. Please visit this page for very important details including location, Covid testing requirements, and admission price.

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


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

English Country Dancing

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.

5th Sunday Free and Easier ECD

There will be a special 5th Sunday English dance on January 29 focused on easier dances for those who wish to check out ECD. It will also be free!

Our English dancers are a friendly, welcoming group; please join us!

Set for Spring

Set for Spring Texas RoseSet for Spring, the ECD weekend that rotates between Texas and Oklahoma cities, will be March 24-26 in Dallas. Details on this page.

Dance Location and Policies

We may be dancing in one or more different locations in 2023. To stay informed, sign up for our email reminders.

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

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

Due to the Covid surge, vaccinations and masks are strongly encouraged but not required.

Please do not attend our dances smelling of alcohol, smoke, or fragrances . Thanks!

To protect the floor and keep the space clean:

  • Dauntless requires that we protect their wood floor by wearing clean, low-heel shoes that will not scuff or damage the floor. Please do not wear street shoes on the dance floor. Bring clean shoes to dance in 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, credit cards, and digital wallets accepted at the door. If paying cash, please bring correct change. No large bills accepted.

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