Ottawa Contra Dance

The basic details ... presented in a very basic way!


We contra dance every 1st and 3rd Saturday AND many 4th Wednesdays from Sept through June. We also host the occasional special workshop, concert, and dance weekend. See the schedule for more info on all our dance events.


Saturday dances: 8:00pm-11:00pm - introductory/basics lesson at 7:30pm.
Wednesday dances: 7:00pm-9:30pm - introductory tips at 6:45pm.


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 at our Saturday dances receive a card to attend their second dance free.

Saturday afternoon dances (dances, workshops, waltz sessions):

  • Afternoon only attendee (regular, member): $12
  • Student afternoon only attendee (with ID): $10
  • Regular for both dances: $23
  • Members or students (with ID) for both dances: $20
  • Youth/child 15 and under: free

Wednesday dances:

  • Adult attendee: $5
  • Youth/child 15 and under: free

All prices above include HST.

Interested in becoming a member? Visit our membership page.

What to bring

Light casual clothing as you will probably get a bit warm. Regular indoor shoes with non-marking soles and low heels for easier dancing are a good idea. And ... bring a water container too!


Our Saturday and Wednesday dances happen in different locations.

Entrance to use on the building's east side.

Saturday dances: Churchill Rec Centre in Westboro, 345 Richmond Road (side door). The centre has a fabulous dance floor used by many groups in the city and is located in the great neighbourhood of Westboro. It is very accessible by foot, bike, bus, car, or ride share.

  • By bus: Route 11 will drop you off right outside the hall. Alternatively, the hall is located within an 8 minute walk south and west of the Westboro transitway station. Visit OC Transpo to easily plan out your route.
  • By car: The hall is within a five minute drive of the Queensway in the Ottawa community of Westboro. Go to google maps and type in "345 Richmond Road, Ottawa, Ontario". Free parking is available in the hall parking lot accessible off Churchill Rd or along side streets. To park in the hall parking lot, or behind the building, register your car at the desk just inside the main entance.
  • By ride share/carpool: If you are interested in carpooling (offering a ride/looking for a ride) on a regular basis, you can post a request to the contra dance listserve. However, your safety and comfort in offering/taking a ride is your responsibility and the committee assumes no liability. Think about it - a great way to get to know other dancers, save money, and decrease your environmental impact.
  • By bike: There are bike racks just outside the front door.

Wednesday dances: Our Wednesday dances happen at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St W). Bus access is very easy for this hall. There is parking right behind the centre.

Local Restaurants

From out of town and planning a meal before the dance? There are a number of great restaurants in the neighbourhood, some of which are in easy walking distance.

Some favourites of dancers, within a five minute walk or drive, include:


There are various bed and breakfasts as well as hotels in the Ottawa area. We also may be able to accommodate the odd contra visitor with billeting. If you are from out of town and want to come to a contra dance but need a place to stay, then join our Facebook group and post your request in the group, ideally a couple weeks ahead of time. Usually our dancers can help visiting folks out if enough time is allowed.