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

No dances are scheduled during the summer. The Welcome Back Dance, Friday after Labor Day at the Mlacak Centre, starts the new season.

The remainder of the program to be announced.

A Trip to Ottawa

Ball Logo

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

Quite Carried Away (Friday)

More Information

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

Dances of note

Friday FavoritesHoneysuckle Cottage, &
Turn of the Tide
Friday Favorites
(this season)
Barbarini's Tambourine,
Heralds in Love,
Leaps and Bounds,
The Cookow, &
Turn of the Tide
Wednesday FavoritesCome with Voices Singing, &
Chocolate Round-O
Recently new to usLe Carousel du Mont Royal, &
Ram Meadow

More here.

The night the lights went out!

OECDC group photo
Photographer ~ Joey Walker

The wind howled; roofs blew off; trees down; the power went off and the lights went out. It was a minute before the first dance on May/4th.
That didn't stop the Friday dance. The line moved near the windows not only for light but to avoid the bucket under the leak in the roof.
What about music? No problem, Jamie's Blutooth speaker was charged and the music was on his phone.
We got in five dances but finally had to call it a day after the sun set. Thanks to the Mlacak Centre staff who lit the way out.