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

There is No Dance at Mlacak Good Friday

Dance at Billings Estate

Billings Estate demo 2015
Photographer
Edward Hearn

Billings Estate National Historic Site will hold their annual Pride and Prejudice Garden Party on August 27.

We will be there!

We'll demonstrate English Country Dance and party goers will join in.

Music for the dance will be provided by Quite Carried Away.

Regular Dance Program

A Welcome Back Dance, Friday Sep 8the at the Mlacak Centre, starts the new season.

The remainder of the program to be announced.

A Trip to Ottawa - 2017

Annotated picture of longways set

November 10 - 12

Guest Caller
Beverly Francis

& Guest Band
The Flying Romanos

also featuring Ottawa Band
Quite Carried Away

Information Sheet here

Registration Form

Dance Statistics

Friday FavoritesHoneysuckle Cottage &
Red House
Wednesday FavoritesElegant Dancer &
Mary K
First Danced RecentlyBreakfast with Coyotes &
Thursday Mixer

For more stats click here.

More Information

Demonstration at Billings

Billings Estate demo 2015
Photographer ~ Edward Hearn

English Country Dance at the Jane Austen Tea held August 23rd at the Billings Estate Museum. Guests, as well as Mr. Darcy and other Austen characters, were invited dance with us.

More information and photos here...

A Trip to Ottawa - 2016

Trip To Ottawa 2016 - dancing
Photographer ~ Edward Hearn

Dancers in period costume taken during our annual dance weekend held last November 11th to 13th.

More information including dance program and photos here....

Mark your calendar this year, November 10 information here