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Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

Public contra dances remain suspended. Tap for more information.

Event Calendar

HATDS Calendar of Events

Click on the name of the event for more details.

Contra dances are not listed on this public calendar because they are currently for members only and are not on a regular schedule. The best way to find out about contras is to become a member; membership is inexpensive and supports HATDS in multiple ways.

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.

Contra dances every Wednesday and 3rd Saturdays;
ECD every Monday and most Sundays. Website
Bryan/College Station
Contra dances on 1st Saturdays. Website
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
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

Flamingo Fling is Oklahoma's weekend of contra dance.
Houston starts off the Texas weekends with Bayou Bedlam, usually on the 2nd weekend of February.
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.
When in Doubt, Swing! is the Dallas contra dance weekend.
Fire Ant Frolic is Austin's popular dance festival that takes place near Halloween every year.
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