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.


The Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) celebrates and preserves traditional English and Anglo-American dance, music and song; promotes their new expression; connects people who enjoy them; and supports communities where they can continue to thrive. It sponsors various dance camps throughout the year, chiefly at world-famous Pinewoods and Buffalo Gap. They also sell music and dance books and recordings. NTTDS is an affiliate group of CDSS.

NTTDS Documents

NTTDS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Here is the confirmation letter from CDSS stating that we obtain tax exempt status through them. Here are the IRS Letters confirming the CDSS status as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
NTTDS ByLaws (4-page PDF file, 97 KB)
NTTDS Guidelines for Benefit Dances (196 KB PDF file)
NTTDS Policy for Fiddler's Dream Stipend (173 KB PDF file)
NTTDS Guidelines for Callers (62 KB PDF file)

NTTDS Promotional Info and Images

NTTDS Logo (full size) with white background, with transparent background
NTTDS Logo (small, as above) with transparent background (16K)
Dancing Armadillos with white background, with transparent background (11K)
Swinging Couple with white background, with transparent background (14K)
Pictures and videos of Contra Dancing are on NTTDS Pictures page

Fellow Contra Dance Groups

Austin Contra Dance hosts contra dances at least once a week
Houston Area Traditional Dance Society holds a contra dance every other weekend
San Antonio Contra Dancers
Bryan & College Station Contra Dancers
Scissortail Traditional Dance Society in Oklahoma City
The Tulsa, OK group has a Facebook page
Arkansas Country Dance Society sponsors a dance weekend at the Mountain View Folk Center in September and a big Scottish dance on New Year's Eve, in addition to their weekly dances
New Mexico Folk Music & Dance Society (FolkMADS) sponsors a FolkMADNess dance weekend at Memorial Day in addition to their weekly dances.
Here is information about contra dance groups in the Mid-South (Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina)
Springfield Missouri Traditional Dance and Music Society

Dallas Area Music and Dance Groups

Dallas Area Contra Dance Bands gives a description of the contra dance bands in the Dallas area
Southwest Celtic Music Association sponsors Irish music and dance events in the Dallas area, including Irish Fest each spring
DFW Irish Ceili Dancers holds ceili dances on 2nd Sundays at Trinity Hall. Follow them on Facebook.
Dallas International Folk Dancers have discontinued their dances until further notice
International Folk Dance Classes are held every Sunday afternoon at the Plaza Arts Center in Carrollton, usually at 3-5 pm. The time varies somewhat, so check the exact time before going: 972-446-3200 (Tue-Sat 11 am - 5 pm), or
Dancing in Dallas has an extensive list of classes and events for many types of dance, including Ballroom, Country and Western, Swing, Latin, Tango, etc.
Dance With Cory - C&W and Ballroom dancing lessons
Old-Time Music Jam, usually held the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 2-4:30 pm at Dallas Heritage Village in Old City Park. More Info: Dean Barber, 260-515-261,
Denton Celtic Dancers holds Scottish Dances Sunday nights at the Denton Visual Arts Center in Denton, TX, 5-6 pm for intermediate dancers, and 6-7 pm for beginners.
Scottish Country Dance Classes are held every Friday at 7 to 10 PM in Grand Prairie
O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, is usually held in October in Midlothian, Texas
DFW International lists many kinds of ethnic events in the Dallas area

Dance Instruction and Information

Pictures and videos of Contra Dancing are on our Pictures page
Contraculture: An Introduction To Contradancing gives a good description of a typical contra dance, including descriptions of the dozen basic steps that make up a majority of the dances
The Chattahoochee Country Dancers in Atlanta have nice web page with tips for new dancers and links to a set of Contra Dance Training Videos which you can view online
Gary Shapiro's What is Contra Dance page has attempts to define and explain contra dancing
A Contra Dance Primer has some basic information about contra dancing
The Dance Gypsy lists summer contra dance weekends all over the country
Ted Crane's Dance Database lists dances, bands, and callers all over the country
The Contra Dance web site also lists groups and dances all over the country
Kiran Wagle's Contra Dance Page has some good links to other contra dance web sites
Dwayne Johnson's Contra Web Site attempts to list every dance web site in the US and Canada. His state listings include an image of the state's flag. Learn something while you surf the web!
The Library of Congress has over 200 dance manuals from the 1400s to the 1900s, in both an image and a text format. Each of the manuals includes a description and history of the item. Pretty impressive piece of work. -- David Bigwood, via HATDS web page
Random Contra Dance Generator - click a link in this page and it generates a new contra dance for you!

Folk Centers

The John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC is sponsored by the North Carolina Folklife Institute. The School promotes traditional and contemporary crafts, music, dance and folklore through year-round camp events, marketing, archiving and community service.
New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA) sponsors world-famous dance and music festivals, including a huge event every spring near Boston. Their LinkFest lists hundreds of events.
The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR hosts dance events and festivals year-round, including a clogging and contra dance weekend in the fall.

Sound Equipment Documents and Links

NTTDS Sound Equipment Setup Instructions (19-page, 308 KB PDF file). Updated Dec 2008.
Carvin RX-1200 Mixer/Amp Manual (2-page, 617 KB PDF file), including block diagram.
There is an excellent booklet on doing live sound available for free: "All Mixed Up" by Bob Mills, http://www.bobmills.org/amu/
The ProSound Web Site http://www.prosoundweb.com/ has a lot of information about live sound reinforcement. They also provide a Discussion Forum (aka Live Audio Board) covering a wide range of topics: http://srforums.prosoundweb.com/. Anyone can read the messages, but you have to join (for free) to post messages.
There is a Yahoo group called Contra Sound Forum (contrasf) that is dedicated to Contra Dance Sound: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/contrasf/ It has over 150 members. You have to join (for free) to be able participate or even to read the message archive in the web site.


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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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