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Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Event Calendar

HATDS Calendar of Events

Click on the name of the event for more details.

All regular dances, both contra and English, are 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.

Masks are welcomed 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.

Other Regular Dances in Texas

All dance schedules are subject to change, and many dance series remain suspended due to Covid-19, so be sure to check the sponsoring group's website before heading out for a dance.

Austin
Contra dances every Wednesday and 3rd Saturdays;
ECD every Monday and most Sundays. Website
Bryan/College Station
Contra dances on 1st Saturdays. Website
Dallas
Contra on 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 2nd Saturday quarterly;
ECD on 4th Saturdays. Website
Houston Spring Branch
Older English, French, and Italian dances on 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Sponsored by the SCA. Email
Lubbock
Contra; check their website or Facebook page for dance dates. Website | Facebook
San Antonio
Contra dances on 2nd Saturdays. Website
ECD every 1st Saturday. Facebook, Email
San Marcos
Contra; usually on the 4th Sunday in the afternoon. Website

See Ted Crane's National Dance Database or Charlie Seelig's contra dance links for dances held in other parts of the country. These sites are not always accurate so be sure to call or email before attending an out-of-state dance.

Texas and Oklahoma Dance Festivals

As with the regular dances, dance festivals are subject to cancellation or rescheduling.

January
Flamingo Fling is Oklahoma's weekend of contra dance.
February
Houston starts off the Texas weekends with Bayou Bedlam, usually on the 2nd weekend of February.
March
Set for Spring, featuring English Country Dancing, is an annual event that normally rotates between four cities. It is usually held in March or April.
April
When in Doubt, Swing! is the Dallas contra dance weekend.
October/November
Fire Ant Frolic is Austin's popular dance festival that takes place near Halloween every year.
December
The year ends with Fiddler's Dream, the dream-come-true of Dallas fiddler Mimi Rogers. Fiddler's Dream takes place between Christmas and New Year's Day at Lake Texoma near the Oklahoma-Texas border.

For other festivals around the country, see the lists maintained by the Country Dance and Song Society and Charlie Seelig (linked below).

Smiles at Bayou Bedlam 2011

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. ~ Vicki Baum