Welcome to Ottawa Contra Dance!

Contra dancing is a joyful, energetic community dance for all ages. We dance to live music – fiddles, guitar, accordions, and more – and talented callers guide us through dance formations.

Come early for the introductory lesson – check out our Schedule or subscribe to our email newsletter for upcoming dances.

Beginners are very welcome – all dances are taught and no partner or previous experience needed – just bring your smile! First-time dancers receive a second dance free card.

“It was [a] very friendly atmosphere. The instructions were good. The music was fantastic!” “Very welcoming.”

COVID-19 Update

March 2021

Ottawa contra dances remain suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dear contra dance friends,

Our Board continues to meet every so often to assess the situation and we will dance again, when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we have been working on this new website, which we hope you will enjoy.

We wish to thank all of you for your ongoing efforts to support one another online, with music and dance videos, and your positivity.

Very best wishes from us all.

President, Old Sod Folk Music Society / Ottawa Contra Dance
On behalf of your volunteer Board
for 2020-21
Catherine, Stephen, Peter, Lynne, Maura, Jane, Dawn, and Neville

April 24, 2020

2020-21 Season Suspension, Hey Fever Cancellation

The Ottawa Contra board has made the decision to suspend plans for our 2020-21 dance season until we know that it is safe to dance again. We have also decided to cancel Hey Fever this year, due to health, financial, and other considerations. At this time, we do not know when dances will resume. The board will continue to meet occasionally to assess the situation. We expect that, once restrictions are gradually lifted, we will need to proceed cautiously, since contra dancing is one of the higher risk activities for virus transmission.

Our board acknowledges and sincerely thanks the bands and callers who have donated their performance fees for the dances we had to cancel this season, and the dancers who donated their season’s pass refunds. Your support is much appreciated.