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Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Public contra dances remain suspended. Tap for more information.


Our membership elves are on their July vacation. We don't accept memberships in July since our annual membership drive begins August 1 for the new membership year that begins September 1.


HATDS is a membership organization, although membership is normally not required for attendance at our dances.

Dues support the administration of HATDS such as web hosting, name badges, supplies for the dances, insurance, and sound equipment maintenance and replacement. Dues also provide us with a cushion when dances do not break even, as is often the case.

In return for their support, in normal times members receive a discount at regular dances and at Bayou Bedlam. Members receive a special name tag for use at the dances, have voting privileges, and may serve on our board of directors.

Membership is limited to adults age 18 or older, with discounts given for students and seniors.

The HATDS membership year is September 1st through August 31st. Member­ships created or renewed in August are effective immediately and are good through the following August.

Membership Rates

Full year (September through August):

  • Individual: $20.00
  • Household: $30.00
  • Senior (65+), student (18-25) with ID: $10.00
  • Senior Household: $15.00

Half year: (if joining after February):

  • Individual: $10.00
  • Household: $15.00
  • Senior (65+), student (18-25) with ID: $5.00
  • Senior Household: $7.50

To qualify for the Senior Household rate, one member of that household must be 65 or older.