Ottawa Contra Dance

General Ottawa Contra information below this special message.

Special event coming up...
Mostly Waltz Lesson & Dance - May 3rd!

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, traveling 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.

Every 1st and 3rd Saturday and 4th Tuesdays Sept-June. We also host the occasional special workshop or dance weekend. (See the schedule for more info.)

Saturday dances: 8:00pm-11:00pm, lesson at 7:30pm.
Tuesday dances: 7:30pm-10:00pm.
We occasionally hit capacity at the Saturday night dances. Thus, if you want to guarantee getting in, make sure you arrive early!

Saturday dances: Churchill Rec Centre in Westboro, 345 Richmond Road. (Click here for directions.)
Tuesday dances: Orange hall in Hintonburg, 41 Rosemount Ave. (Click here for directions.)

Admission Saturday dances: Regular $12 ... Members & students (with ID) $10 ... Youth 16 and under free. (First-time contra dancers at our Saturday dances receive a card to attend their second dance free.)
Tuesday dances: Regular $7 ... Members & students (with ID) $5 ... Youth 16 and under free.
Interested in becoming a member? Visit our membership page.

What to bring: Light casual clothing as you will probably get a bit warm and regular indoor shoes with non-marking soles and low heels for easier dancing. And ... bring a water container too!