Come try contra dancing in Ottawa!
Dances feature fabulous live music and calling from the Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, the New England states, and beyond.
Whether you are in your 20s or in your 60s, travelling solo or bringing your partner/family - come out for a great evening of big smiles and community fun.
Beginners are super welcome
& dances are taught!
We have lots of visitors from out of town. If you need billeting, 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.
Contra dancing doesn't require fancy footwork - all you need is to be able to walk forward and feel a beat. There's lots of room to grow as a dancer, naturally picking up flourishes and groove from other dancers.
If you're into traditional-groove style of Irish, Quebecois, or Appalachian music, you would probably enjoy coming just to listen to the music - we hire top trad bands.
From Michael (who started contra dancing in 2014):
"I was fine... really... I was. I was content with where things were at. THEN I came to this 'thing' called Contra Dance and it turned out to be really fun and all the people are really nice... and if that wasn't enough... the music is amazing. In fact, the music was so good I started want more from life... I wanted to learn to play. Specifically the small pipes. Every time the Old Sod band graces us with their playing I am mesmerized by their talent. Because of this, and I blame them all for this, I now own a chanter and have committed to learning the small pipes. This is all your fault and my dogs and my neighbors would like a word (lol)!"