Welcome to Ottawa English Country Dance Club in Canada's capital. We meet weekly in Kanata and twice a month in downtown Ottawa (downtown events suspended due to Covid).

Some of the dances we dance are traditional English Country dances, dating from the 17th & 18th centuries. Others are
more modern, some written in the last decade; mostly choreographed in the English Country Dance style, occasionally closer to the Contra style.

Dances range from lively dances that would have been danced at English village celebrations years ago, the kind you might have seen at a Barn Dance, to the elegant dances enjoyed by upper classes such as those seen in Pride and Prejudice and other costume dramas.

Here are some great examples in video. Nigel Kilby late co-founder of the club would often say "If you can walk, you can dance".

It is not necessary to bring a partner to any dance but do bring soft soled shoes. No dance experience is required although beginners should, if possible, start at one of our regular Dance Classes. Dress is usually casual although we do host the occasional dress-up events such as the Saturday Ball in our annual A Trip to Ottawa dance weekend.

In consideration of dancers with allergies or sensitivities we request that you do not use perfumes and other strongly-scented products. For occasional pot-luck events avoid the use of nuts.

Upcoming Events

Covid 19 Rules

Corona Virus

Covid rules apply to all in attendance:

  • Masks optional (frequently reviewed);
  • Hand Sanitizer available;
  • There will be a break (no tea or cookies provided).
Musical Notes

Spring Special (more...)

with live music by:
Milan & Friends

starts at 7:30pm on Apr 26th

at the Mlacak Centre

$10 at the door

Dress-up encouraged

e-transfer Payment

Payment to Ottawa English Country Dance Club may preferably be made by Interac e-transfer. Enter at your bank web site: oedancer@gmail.com

Notable Dances

Friday Dancers' FavoritesAlice, Sapphire Sea, Well Hall, Masquerade Royale & Turn of the Tide
Wednesday Dancers' FavoritesCome with Voices Singing, Rain on the Roof, Noisette & Autumn Moon
Most Danced FridayJack's Health, Alice, Well Hall, Keys to the Cellar & Mendocino Redwoods
Most Danced WednesdayCome with Voices Singing, Rain on the Roof, Noisette, Safe Haven, Chocolate Round O & Newcastle ...
New to us (in Ottawa)Golden Green, Cold and Raw, Hunt The Squirrel OR Hunt the Squirrel & The Fairy Queen

More here ...

More Information

ECD Elsewhere

A Trip to Ottawa - 2023

Videographer ~ Ralph Thompson

More videos and photos from a Trip to Ottawa here...

2023 at Mlacak

The Christmas Dance, dress up Photo of Dancers 2023
Photographer ~ Mary Shleifman

The Last Summer Dance, in costume. Photo of Dancers 2023
Photographer ~ Mary Shleifman

In April, Covid masks at the ready! Photo of Dancers 2023
Photographer ~ Robert Mullan (in the kilt)

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