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Who are we?

While our name is a bit of an inside joke, we are serious about how much we enjoy square dancing and we’d love a chance to show you why.

Some of us have been doing this since 1995 when the club was founded and some of us have only just begun to learn. We’re a mixed bag of people from all ages and backgrounds who share a common love of dancing and the camaraderie that brings us together week after week.

Women Square Dancing
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What do we do?

The Ottawa Date Squares is an LGBTQ+ square dance club that teaches a brand of high energy dance moves set to modern music. While the moves are the same, it’s not quite what your grandparents are dancing and yet if you learn to dance with us you’ll be able to dance with them too. Pretty cool huh?

By the way, the ‘+’ in LGBTQ+ is for our straight allies. Not all of our dancers are from the LGBTQ community and welcome everyone in our group. We want to be a place where everyone can feel free to be themselves and be as fabulous as they want to be.

How can I be a part of this?

Want to join in the fun? We start new classes every few months and we hold periodic free intro nights where you can try your hand at it with no commitment necessary.

We are in the process of launching a new dance program called Social Square Dancing which promises to bring new dancers up to speed faster and get you to sort out your “two left feet” in no time!

Want to learn more about us and about our special brand of “gay square dancing”? Follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter to see where we dance and when you can join us.

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Where's the Dance

New Classes Beginning September 13

This is it! The opportunity you’ve been waiting for to experience the magic of Gay Square Dancing for yourself.

The new semester begins on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30pm at Jack Purcell Community Centre, Room B203 featuring the charming and witty Brian Crawford who will be teaching Social Square Dancing from the very beginning.

You don’t need a partner and you don’t need any dance experience at all to join in.

For as little as $10 per week, you can join the Ottawa Date Squares’ happy family and learn to dance with us.

See you on the dance floor!

Advanced (A1) Dancing!

This is it! The opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

Starting on Wednesday, September 20 at 6:45pm, Wendy VanderMeulen will be teaching Advanced (A1) at Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane) in room B201.

This course is for anyone that is comfortable dancing Plus level and wants to learn even more new calls.

The cost will be $12 per night and classes will run from September 20 through December 13. You can pre-pay for all 13 nights for $130.

Not sure if it’s for you? Feel free to try it for a few weeks with no commitment.

Free parking is available in Jack Purcell spaces with a parking pass from the front desk. Also, the school parking lot behind the building (off Gilmour) is available for free after 5:30pm.

Ottawa Date Squares Store

Visit our online store if you’d like to purchase a club t-shirt or name badge. Note that these items are only available for pickup at class.

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If you’re not already subscribed to our newsletter you’re missing out on all the great dance opportunities that are coming up and you won’t be notified of new classes when they begin.

So sign up now! You will be able to unsubscribe at any time. We promise to keep the number of emails small and to never share your contact information with anyone without your permission.

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