Welcome to Ottawa English Country Dance Club in Canada's capital. We meet September through May weekly in Kanata and twice a month in Westboro.

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 (click). As 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

Advanced Dance (more...)

starts at 7:30pm on Sep 26th

at the Orange Hall

Regular Dance (more...)

and Dance Class

starts at 7:30pm on Sep 28th

at the Mlacak Centre

A Trip to Ottawa

Ball Logo

Caller:
Joanna Reiner-Wilkinson
Musicians:
Karen Axelrod, Eric Martin, & Anna Patton (Saturday & Sunday)
and

Quite Carried Away (Friday)

More Information

Dances of note

Dance of the MonthLeslie's Valentine
Friday FavoritesHoneysuckle Cottage,
Alice,
Turn of the Tide, &
Well Hall
Friday Favorites
(this season)
Bluebonnets OR Blue Bonnets, &
The Cookow
Wednesday FavoritesCome with Voices Singing, &
Chocolate Round-O
Recently new to usPeace and Plenty, &
Two Fat Ladies

More here.

A Trip to Ottawa - 2017

Trip To Ottawa 2017 - dancing
Photographer ~ Wendy Jermyn

Guest Caller Beverly Francis and Guest Band The Flying Romanos ready for action at this year's Trip To Ottawa.

  • Video from the weekend here;
  • Dances we danced here

2018 Trip to Ottawa, November 9th to 11th