North Texas Traditional Dance Society

Based in Dallas, Texas, NTTDS promotes 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.

Set for Spring 2017
The 2017 event will be in Austin on March 24-26, featuring Joanna Reiner calling to the music of Persons of Quality. Here is a link to a flier with more information.

Locations and Maps, including Hotels
Information Letter, with detailed schedule (PDF)
Nearby Restaurants, with summary schedule (PDF)
List of all Dances performed during the weekend (PDF)

Set For Spring Logo
Sokol Athletic Center, Dallas, Texas
March 11 - 13, 2016
Brad Foster
Photo by Marty Stock
Brad Foster
Daron Douglas on violin and Karen Axelrod on piano

Brad Foster has been dancing and teaching English country, contras, squares, morris, and sword for over forty years. He is well known for sharing the joy found in dance and telling stories about the people behind the dances we do. He has taught throughout the US, Canada and Europe, including such week-long camps as Berea Christmas Country Dance School; CDSS camps at Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Timber Ridge, and Ogontz; BACDS's Mendocino English Week & American Week, Family Camp, and Hey Days; John C. Campbell Folk School's Winter Week; Augusta Heritage Winter Week; and Tropical Dance English Week at St. Croix and Hawaii. He is a founder of the Bay Area Country Dance Society as well as co-founder of their Mendocino English and American dance weeks. Brad is now Executive and Artistic Director Emeritus of the Country Dance and Song Society, after serving as its Director for 28 years. He recently received the 2015 CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award.

Foxfire's fresh takes on the old tunes have led to extraordinary dancing from California to Copenhagen. They play at CDSS summer camps, at Brasstown, and Playford balls and contradance festivals throughout the year. They are the proud parent of two CD's, The Introduction and Winter Oranges.



Friday March 11

7:30 pm: Registration Opens

8 - 11 pm: Alice in Wonderland Dance with Brad Foster and Foxfire, costumes encouraged!

Saturday March 12

10 am - Noon: Workshop with Brad Foster and Foxfire: Reconstructions Old & New
From Cecil Sharp, early in the 20th Century, through Andrew Shaw, in the 21st, we'll explore historical dance reconstruction in its "modern" style along with how things have changed in the 100+ years since Sharp began. Dances will include old and favorite classics plus recent reconstructions, touching on the work of Pat Shaw and many others along the way.

Noon - 1 pm: Lunch, provided

1:00 - 2:30 pm: Workshop with Brad Foster and Ladies at Play: Modern Compositions
A survey of compositions from the early days of 20th Century English country dance to the present, with dances chosen from among those authored by Pat Shaw, Fried Herman, Colin Hume, Gary Roodman, Brooke Friendly & Chris Sackett, and many more.

2:30 - 3:15 pm: Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Bring your mad hat or try one from our collection!

3:15 - 4:45 pm: Dance session with volunteer callers and Ladies at Play

4:45 - 8:00 pm: Supper, on your own

8 - 11 pm: Dress Ball with Brad Foster and Foxfire. Formal attire admired but not required.

11 pm - 1:00 am: Party at Sokol Hall


10:00 am - 11:30 pm: Fabulous Brunch and Mimosas

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Workshop with Brad Foster and Foxfire
A mix of old and new, historical reconstructions and modern compositions, current and future favorites, with requests from the dancers accepted.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland's publication, Set for Spring 2016 will be a wonderland of dancing. Afternoon tea will be served on Saturday, with a Mad Hatter's theme.
Alice in Wonderland costumes are encouraged, but not required, at the Friday night dance.

We had originally thought the infamous Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade will occur on Saturday, but it is actually the following week. Therefore, there is no problem going to the plethora of restaurants on Greenville Avenue.

See the Locations and Maps page for nearby hotels. See the restaurants download (in PDF format) for nearby restaurants.

The Hospitality Coordinator is Peter Lamborghini,, Home: 214-324-8493, Cell: 781-439-3182

This is a fragrance-free event. Your cooperation is appreciated.


Full Weekend:
$100 for Students
$120 for Adults
$10 discount for CDSS or TX or OK group members
$10 discount for registration before Feb 14, 2016

Partial Attendance (no pre-registration needed):
$30 for the Saturday Evening Ball
$25 each for the other sessions: Friday Evening, Saturday Morning, Saturday Afternoon, or Sunday

REGISTRATION Pre-registration is now closed. Walk-ins for any/all sessions are warmly welcomed.

Refunds: Refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Requests must be made in writing and can be sent or emailed to the registrar or to NTTDS at or PO Box 820203, Dallas, TX 75382

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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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