History

About us
We are located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We are fun, social and just enjoy dancing together. No one is too serious or has too many expectations of anyone else in the club. Club administration is relaxed; just organized enough to make decisions and get things done. The focus is clearly on enjoyment!

We actively participate in local, regional, national and international square dance events hosted by a variety of clubs and associations, both gay and straight.

Members from our club travel as far as Washington, Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Vancouver, Toronto, Portland (Oregon) and Atlanta representing our club and meeting new and old friends.

We are proud members of the IAGSDC
International Association of Gay and Lesbian Square Dance Clubs.

Our nearest sister clubs within the IAGSDC are
Toronto Triangle Squares (Toronto, Ontario)
Independence Squares (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

News
We’ve been featured in DailyXtra/CapitalXtra over the years – read our articles here:
2004: http://www.dailyxtra.ca/ottawa/round-partner-54455
2006: http://www.dailyxtra.ca/ottawa/arts-and-entertainment/square-dancing-10913
2014: http://www.dailyxtra.ca/ottawa/news-and-ideas/news/allemande-left-si-89888

Timelines
1995-2007: The club started up in February 1995 and continued until 2007

2006: We danced at the 2006 Out Games in Montreal, where square dancing was recognized as a cultural activity.

2007: In the fall of 2007 we had too few people and went into a “dormant” state.

2013: In the fall of 2013, former Date Square dancer, Richard Sharman, who was learning to call, started the club up again both as caller and hosting the club in his basement. We tried again, and had enough for a square… for a while. Then people left, and with some friends helping we managed to get a square.

2014: In January 2014, we tried again and this time were successful and had a full square. Most of these people stayed with us and danced in the Ottawa [straight] convention in the summer of 2014. In the fall of 2014 some more people joined us and got the square-dancing bug!

2017: We sadly said goodbye to our caller, Richard Sharman when he left us to relocate to BC and we moved the club out of his basement and over to the Jack Purcell Community Centre downtown where we took on a new caller, Dave Currie.