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

We welcome people of all ages to our dances, including children.
The price for all dances except the Irving dances is $10 non-members, $7 members, $5 for students with ID.
The maximum charge is $25 for a family with members, or $30 for a family with no members.
The Irving dances just have a tip jar to cover expenses.

Effective Immediately, the TIME for all of our Dances is changing from 8-11 pm to 7:30-10:30 pm (except Irving, which was already 7-10 pm)!

Effective Immediately, the First Saturday Contra Dances are moving from the Plaza Arts Center to the Lutheran Church.

Sat Aug 6, 7:30-10:30 pm: Contra Dance at the LUTHERAN CHURCH in Dallas. NOTE THE EARLIER TIME!!!

Sat Aug 13, 6:15-10 pm: Waltz and Contra Dance at the Garden & Arts Bldg in Irving. Waltzing from 6:15-7 pm, Contra from 7-10 pm.

Sat Aug 20, 7:30-10:30 pm: Contra Dance at the Lutheran Church in Dallas. NOTE THE EARLIER TIME!!!

Sat Aug 27, 7:30-10:30 pm: English Country Dance at the Lutheran Church in Dallas. NOTE THE EARLIER TIME!!!

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Join or Renew your Membership here.

In appreciation of the generosity of the First United Lutheran Church in allowing NTTDS to host our dances in their hall for several years, we extend an invitation to all its members to attend one of our weekly dances free of charge.

Online Signup for volunteers: Sign Up Now! 

Non-NTTDS Events

September 9-11: 37th Annual Folk Dance Days, at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR.
40+ Workshops in all kinds of dancing: clogging, step dancing, Scottish, English, contras, squares, waltzes, polkas, international, and more. Featuring caller Bob Isaacs and the Lost and Nameless Orchestra (from Austin).
More Info: Arkansas Country Dance Society, Ozark Folk Center

Nov 18-20: Fire Ant Frolic Contra Dance Weekend in Austin, featuring Susan Petrick calling to the music of Jamie Laval and Owen Morrison, at a new location.

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 their Meetup Group, or this flier, or contact Ellie Hayes at 817-807-3677 or .

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

Quick Info

Join our Meetup group Meetup and/or our Facebook Facebook web page.

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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