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 in 2023

Contra dances will take place once or twice a month on 1st and/or 3rd Saturday evenings. Our local callers Catherine Burns or Peter Simonyi will be leading the dancing.

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.

  • 2023 Dance Dates:
    • February 4th – Peach Jam
    • February 18thno dance
    • March 4th – Rideau Ramblers
    • April 1st – Gròóvåtrøñ
    • May 6th – Traditional Fare

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

Masks are required. Please 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. Staying up to date with vaccination is highly recommended. Please see our full list of covid measures here.


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