COVID-19 Update

Our new website is in the testing phase and will be officially launched soon. Please check back later.

October 2020

Dear contra dance friends,

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

Our Board will continue 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. At the moment, the website is in the testing phase. Once we are ready to launch the site officially, we will let everyone know. 

We wish to thank all of you for your ongoing efforts to support one another online, with music and dance videos, and your positivity. Please continue to let Maura know when there are online events that others would enjoy.

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.

Photo: Nonni Iler; Hey Fever! 2018
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 the dance formations.

New dancers* [link to New to Contra page] are always welcome – No partner or previous experience needed – just bring your smile! Come early for the introductory lesson – check out our dance Schedule*. [link to page]

First-time dancers receive a free second dance card!

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

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What You Need To Know

Saturday evening dances:
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, September through June.
8:00 – 11:00 pm
Introductory lesson 7:30 pm

Check the Schedule [link to page] for additional workshops, family dances, concerts, [link to pages] and our dance weekend. [link to Hey fever page]

Saturday evening dances:
Regular: $14
Members: $12
Students (with ID): $10
Youth/child 15 and under: free
Late arrival (the break and beyond): $7
First time dancers receive a free second dance card

Interested in becoming a Member or buying a seasons pass? [link to Become a Member page]

Churchill Recreation Centre (side door entrance).
345 Richmond Road, Westboro
8 min walk from Westboro station
Routes 153 and 11 bus stops
Limited free parking at the Centre (register your car at front desk)
Free parking on side streets.
Bike racks outside side door.

What to Bring
Contra dancing is energetic!
Lightweight, casual clothing
A water bottle
Indoor shoes with non-marking soft soles (to protect our wooden floor).

Conduct and Etiquette
We expect all attendees to our events to follow our code of conduct* [link to page] Please do your part to create a culture of safety, respect, and consent.
Concerns? Don’t hesitate to contact a Board member* [link to page].

Good dancers have good dance etiquette* [link to page]  – it is simply good manners!

Scent Free
Our hall is a scent-free zone – please respect the health of others by not using scents.