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. Check out our Schedule page 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!

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

Contra dances take place twice a month on 1st and 3rd Saturday evenings, September through June each season (no dances in July and August).

Doors open at 7 PM
Introductory lesson 7:30-8 PM (highly recommended for new participants)
Dance 8-11 PM
Location: Churchill Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa (see our Location page)


September 7th or 21st, 2024
Dancing will resume in September on one of these two dates. We’ll let you know which well in advance.

For ticket prices and more information, check out our Schedule page.

Masks are optional. Please stay home if you’re sick.

Dancers are most welcome to wear a mask if they wish to. If you feel unwell, test positive for Covid, or are a close contact of someone with Covid, please do not attend. Staying up to date with vaccination is highly recommended. Please see our full list of Covid measures here.

Hey Fever!

We host our own Dance Weekend, Hey Fever!, Nov 1 to 3, 2024. It’s a blast!


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