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 Dance Season Starts Sept. 17, 2022

During the 2022-23 season, contra dances will take place once or twice a month on 1st and 3rd Saturday evenings at the Churchill Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa. The first dance of the season will be on September 17th. Dances will run from 8-10:30 PM, with an Introductory Session from 7:30-8 PM (highly recommended for new participants). Our local callers will be leading the dancing.

  • Saturday November 19th – Magia Vestis Café (James Stephens, Kate Weekes, Peter Andrée) with Catherine Burns calling
  • December 3rd – no dance
  • December 17th, 2022 – Odds and Sods (Ann Downey and friends)
  • Dances are once or twice a month, through to June 17, 2023

Masks are required. Stay home if you’re sick. Vaccinations are recommended.

Dancers are required to wear a well-fitting mask indoors at all times, except briefly while actively drinking. If you feel unwell, test positive for covid, or are a close contact of someone with covid, please do not attend. Proof of vaccination will not be required at the door, but staying up to date with vaccination is highly recommended. Please see our full list of covid measures here.

  • Following the 15 October 2022 dance: two dancers reported testing positive (one on Monday, and one on Wednesday with symptoms having appeared Tuesday).

For more information, check out our Schedule page.


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