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

Regular Dance Program

next Advanced Dance (more...)

starts at 7:30pm on Apr 25th

at the Orange Hall

next Regular Dance (more...)

with live music by:

Quite Carried Away

starts at 7:30pm on Apr 27th

at the Mlacak Centre

More Information

Dances of note

Friday FavoritesHoneysuckle Cottage, &
Turn of the Tide
Friday Favorites
(this season)
Heralds in Love,
The Cookow, &
Turn of the Tide
Wednesday FavoritesCome with Voices Singing,
Bartlett House,
Elegant Dancer, &
Impertinence
Recently new to usEastbourne Rover,
Epsom New Wells, &
The Royal Galliard

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

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...