Join in on the contra dance craze in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Friday, 18 November 2011 18:02
Those who would like to try out a new dance while on holiday in Ottawa are in luck. Although contra dancing has been around for centuries, this classic line dance is still enjoyed by young and old throughout North America, and Ottawa is no exception. Joining in on one of these contra dance nights around town might be a fun way to mingle with the locals and try something adventurous on a trip to Canada's capital city.
What is great about contra is that it involves few steps and is not too fast, so dancers of all skill levels often quickly catch on, reports NPR News. Its roots date back to the 1700s when English settlers in the New World began to have dances together to meet others in the villages.
Travellers can catch a contra dance night at the Churchill Recreation Centre in Ottawa. They are hosting two nights in December on the 3rd and the 17th that are open to the public and encourage all to learn this special line dance and enjoy some live folk music.