Schedule & Tickets

Contra Dances 2022-23

Our contra dances will be held on 1st and 3rd Saturday evenings beginning on September 17th, 2022, through June 17, 2023 at the Churchill Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa. 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 lead the dancing.

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.

 2022-23 Contra Dance Schedule (Saturdays) 

  • 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

Tickets are available at the door (cash or e-transfer only). To pay by e-transfer, send it to (If you pay in advance and are unable to attend, we can credit your ticket to a future dance or offer a refund. For a refund, we will subtract the e-transfer fee our bank charges.)

If you are new to contra dancing, check out the info on our website – beginners are always welcome!

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Peter Simonyi calling and the Odds and Sods Band playing on June 4, 2022

Larks and Robins We dance using the role terms “Larks and Robins.” The “lark” is the same role as “gent,” and the “robin” is the same role as “lady.” Larks are on the LEFT to begin the dance and end the swing. Robins do the same on the RIGHT. To help remember these terms, notice that “lark” and “left” both start with the letter “L,” whereas “robin” and “right” both start with the letter “R.” If you would like more information about these terms, take a look at this summary from the San Francisco dance community.

What to BringContra dancing is energetic!
Lightweight, casual clothing
A water bottle
Indoor shoes with non-marking soft soles (to protect our wooden floor).

Conduct and Etiquette
We expect all attendees to our events to follow our code of conduct and to practice good dance etiquette. Please do your part to create a culture of safety, respect, and consent.
Concerns? Don’t hesitate to contact a Board member.

June 4,2022 Contra Dance