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.

Covid Measures: Masks are Required, Vaccinations are Recommended

Dancers are required to wear a well-fitting mask at all times, except briefly while actively drinking. If you feel unwell, please do not attend the dance. Proof of vaccination will not be required at the door; however, vaccination is highly recommended. Please see our full list of Covid measures here.

 2022-23 Contra Dance Schedule (Saturdays) 

  • Saturday October 1 – Band: Traditional Fare: Dan Schryer, Paul McClelland, Alistair MacDonald, and guest Ian Clark; Caller: Peter Simonyi
  • Saturday October 15- Band: Greg Brown, Richard Forest, Ian Clark; Caller: Catherine Burns
  • Saturday November 5 – TBD (check back soon); Caller: Peter Simonyi
  • Saturday November 19 – Magia Vestis (James Stephens, Kate Weekes, Peter Andrée)
  • December 3rd and 17th, 2022 – to be announced soon
  • 2023: 1st and 3rd Saturdays through June 17, 2023

Tickets are available at the door (please bring CASH!). If you wish to buy a ticket in advance (or don’t want to pay cash at the door), please contact for instructions on paying by e-transfer. For this option, you must contact us in advance. (Anyone who purchases an advance ticket via e-transfer and is unable to attend may have their ticket credited to a future dance. If a refund is requested, it will be provided minus the e-transfer fee.)

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