Our 26th Season - Coming Soon!
The 2014-2015 season may be over (and a terrific one it was!), BUT the 2015-2016 season, our 26th!, is just around the corner! Our first dance of 2015-2016 is on September 19th. Please check back soon for details on the new season.
Hey Fever! - Registration is Open!
Registration for Hey Fever!, Ottawa's very own Halloween contra dance weekend, is now open! Hey Fever! is on Oct 30th to Nov 1st. To check out all the details, and to register, please visit our Hey Fever! website.
Come try contra dancing in Ottawa!
Dances feature fabulous live music and calling from the Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, the New England states, and beyond.
Whether you are in your 20s or in your 60s, travelling solo or bringing your partner/family - come out for a great evening of big smiles and community fun.
Beginners are super welcome
& dances are taught!
We have lots of visitors from out of town. If you are one and need billeting, email us!
Contra dancing doesn't require fancy footwork - all you need is to be able to walk forward and feel a beat. There's lots of room to grow as a dancer, naturally picking up flourishes and groove from other dancers.
If you're into traditional-groove style of Irish, Quebecois, or Appalachian music, you would probably enjoy coming just to listen to the music - we hire top trad bands.
From Michael (who started contra dancing in 2014):
"I was fine... really... I was. I was content with where things were at. THEN I came to this 'thing' called Contra Dance and it turned out to be really fun and all the people are really nice... and if that wasn't enough... the music is amazing. In fact, the music was so good I started want more from life... I wanted to learn to play. Specifically the small pipes. Every time the Old Sod band graces us with their playing I am mesmerized by their talent. Because of this, and I blame them all for this, I now own a chanter and have committed to learning the small pipes. This is all your fault and my dogs and my neighbors would like a word (lol)!"