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Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Welcome to HATDS!

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.

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

Please Note:

The annual (and short!) HATDS Membership Meeting will take place at the June 10 contra dance.

The June 24 contra dance is CANCELLED (no band).

There will be three hours of contra dancing the afternoon of June 17 at the state square dance festival in Bryan. Members of Houston's Contra Dan's Band will be playing and former Houston caller Barb Smith will MC. Click to download a flyer.


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.

Dance Location and Policies

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

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

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

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