Family Dance – January 17

Subject: Next Family Dance Jan 17
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:44:26 -0500
From: Leonore Evans <>

Hello everyone,

The next Family Dance is on Saturday January 17th from 330-5pm. As always, the dances are held at the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre on Richmond Rd. They are geared towards children 3+, always have live music and a caller.

Please bring a pair of indoor shoes, a water bottle and your biggest smile.

Follow this link for more information:

Or this link to the Family Dance page on Facebook:

Feel free to invite friends and neighbours. Hope to see you on the dance floor,

What is a family dance you ask??? It’s a community dance specifically geared towards kids and the adults that they bring. It’s about parents/adults dancing with kids in a fun, lively, and guided atmosphere! There is always fantastic LIVE celtic/quebecois music and all the dances are taught by a caller.

Family dances are for ALL ages! The dances are geared towards ages 3 and up although younger ones can definitely join in and wee wee ones can participate in backpacks or slings. 🙂

Do we need any experience? NO WAY! While folks who have danced before will have a blast, parents and kids with no dance experience can easily do these dances and have a great time too! Remember, you’re supported by the caller, the dances are easy to follow, and they are focused on fun! This is a great way to get your body moving to fantastic rhythms and feel connections in ways we don’t always get in our daily lives.

Tips for coming out???

  1. Bring indoor shoes
  2. Adults, be ready to dance with the kids you bring, AND…
  3. Everyone, be ready for a great time!

How does this differ from our contra dances??? Contra dances fall under the larger category of traditional dance along with the family dances with the music also being jigs and reels. However, in a contra dance, you dance with one partner for 8-10 minutes. Every 30 seconds or so of that dance, you repeat a set of moves that the caller has taught you, each time with a new set of neighbours. Usually, kids start dancing contra around ages 8 or so but we’ve seen kids catch on as young as 5 or 6. Kids are welcome at our contra dances (free under 16) as long as there’s some supervision by parents.


Dates: 4 dances this season! Nov 15, Jan 17, Feb 21, and Apr 18
Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Cost: Free for all kids … $10 for everyone over 16 yrs
Location: In Westboro at the Churchill Recreation Centre – 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa. Enter through the main door on the side of the building.
Parking: There’s a parking lot – come get a free parking pass from the front desk. If full, there is street parking just north of the hall.
Bus: #2 stops RIGHT outside the dance hall.

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