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

Schedule

April 20th, 2024
Tamsyn Kazey-Schryer Trio
Caller: June Harman
May 4th, 2024
Grace Hendrickson-Jones, Jonathan Werk, plus a third (name to follow)
Caller: Emily Addison
May the 4th be with you!
May 18th, 2024
Rideau Ramblers
Caller: June Harmon
June 1st, 2024
James Stephens, Ian Clark and Ann Downey
Caller: Peter Simonyi
Jun 15th, 2024
Greg Brown, Denis Drouin, Tina Therieu and Peter Andree
Caller: Nicholas Smith

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.

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