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.

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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 some very 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. Many of our dancers are from the LGBTQ community but not all of them are 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 you 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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Covid...

We hate this terrible disease as much as you do. It has managed to totally sideline our favourite activity and while many of our existing dancers have been attending virtual square dance events via Zoom sessions, we really can’t wait until it’s safe to get together again for real. In person.