North Texas Traditional Dance Society

NTTDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that promotes a better understanding and appreciation of American folk dancing, its music, its history, and related folklore. We are a group affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society.

Contra Dance at the Plaza
  Contra Dancing at the Plaza
Swirl of dancers
  When In Doubt, Swing! Dance Weekend

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We welcome people of all ages to our dances, including children.

Sat July 4, 8-11 pm: *** CANCELLED *** Contra Dance at the Plaza in Carrollton.

THU July 9, 7:30 - 9:30 pm: English Country Dance workshop with recorded music at a NEW LOCATION: 5821 Palm Lane, Dallas.

Sat July 11, 7-10 pm: Contra Dance at the Garden & Arts Bldg in Irving (POT LUCK BEFORE THE DANCE HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED).

Sat July 18, 8-11 pm: Contra Dance at the Lutheran Church in Dallas.

Sat July 25, 8-11 pm: *** CANCELLED *** English Country Dance at the Lutheran Church in Dallas.

Thu Dec 31, 2015 to Sun Jan 3, 2016: Fiddler's Dream Music and Dance Camp at Lake Texoma. Details to follow.


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Non-NTTDS Events

July 4: Double Contra Dance and Pot Luck in College Station.
Aldersgate Methodist Church, 2201 E Bypass 6 = Earl Rudder Fwy.
2-4 pm: Music by On the Fly (John Ivy, John Roby, Amy Hartman), Calling by Joe Barziza, Lorraine Puckhaber, Stan and Rosie Swanson, $3.
4:30 - 6:30: Pot Luck (BBQ provided, RSVP to Rosie Swanson,
7-10 pm: Music by Mimi and Allison, Calling by Steve Babula, $5.

July 24-26: Regency-Era and English Country Dance Weekend at the International Folk Culture Center in San Antonio.

4th Saturdays: Contra Dance in Fort Worth, 7-10 pm at Dance Connection Studio. Starting in July 2013, these dances are no longer sponsored by NTTDS. You can get more info from this flier or contact Ellie Hayes at 817-807-3677 or .

For more Non-NTTDS events, see the Schedule page.

Quick Info

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Want a quick idea of what Contra Dancing is like ? Here is a YouTube video of one of our dances.

Listen to and/or read the transcript of a recent article about Contra Dancing on Public Radio.

Buy merchandise with the NTTDS, Fiddler's Dream, and WIDS logos from our Cafe Press Store!


for Producer, Drinks,and Sound. We'll train you! Here is the description of volunteer duties.
To help out, sign up at our Sign Up Genius web site.

About Us

The North Texas Traditional Dance Society (NTTDS) was chartered in 1986 as a non-profit educational organization to promote a better understanding and appreciation of American folk dancing, its music, its history, and related folklore. It is an group affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society. We are an all-volunteer organization, based in Dallas, TX.

The main kind of dance we do is called Contra Dancing. It is a form of American folk dance derived from English Country Dancing. It has no fancy footwork, so is easy (and fun) enough for beginners to enjoy almost immediately, especially with occasional help from our friendly experienced dancers.

By far our most popular activities are the Community Dances we hold almost every week: English Country dances on 4th Saturdays, and Contra dances on most other Saturdays. These are open to the public and feature live music in a smoke- and alcohol-free environment. No experience is needed, because all the dances are taught. You don't need to bring a partner. We encourage everyone to change partners for each dance.

Every spring we hold a weekend dance festival, featuring a nationally-known band and caller. This draws over 100 people from Texas, Oklahoma, and a several other states.

The club also has a Performance Group that does demonstrations at various social and cultural events, encouraging audience participation. To have us dance at your event, contact Linda Mrosko, , Home: 903-451-5535, Cell: 903-292-3713

To sign up for our Email Newsletter, use this page.

To join or renew your membership, use the Online Membership page. Membership forms are also available at all our dances.

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North Texas Traditional Dance Society is a 501(c)(3) organization with registered offices in the State of Texas.
How to contact NTTDS:    972-546-8858    OR       OR    PO Box 820203, Dallas, TX 75382
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