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Where and when we dance…

The Ottawa Date Squares are currently on summer hiatus until September at which time classes will resume starting with a free intro night for anyone wanting to try gay square dancing.

We only start a new class once a year so don’t miss your chance.

If you’d like to be notified of club events like our free intro night, you should subscribe to our Google Group. Don’t worry, you can unsubscribe at any time.

Also check out our Facebook page.

How much?
As little as possible! Seriously we’re a non-profit group – we just pay for the caller and the hall rental – so we charge only $5 per evening! Later, if you’d like to buy a name badge or club shirt they are optional and available separately.

Do I need special clothes?
No way! Our club — as with all gay square dance clubs — has no dress code or restrictions. We recommend bringing comfortable shoes but the rest of your attire is entirely up to you. We don’t typically dress up unless we’re attending a special event.

Just old country music eh?
No way!  All sorts of varied music! It just depends on what the caller feels like playing.  Usually there’s a mixture – rock, pop, country, oldies – whatever. 

Suppose I screw up?
You will. Everyone does. We’re about having fun. We just laugh at ourselves and start over. It’s part of learning a new skill.

Structure of the evening:
Some people bring a snack to share, but there is no obligation to do so. There is dancing with instructions for new moves. There are breaks between dancing for snacking and socializing. Then more dancing and instruction. Some dances will be “called” and others “sung”. Because there are dancers of various levels some dancing will be at different levels throughout the night.

We generally dance from September to May and break for the summer. We often recruit new members in September. If you’re interested in joining us to learn to square dance, watch this web site or follow us on Facebook to find out when our next intro night is.

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Primary: Mark Benoit

President Emeritus: René Dick
President: Jean-Marc Robichaud
Treasurer: Guy Brassard
Membership: Chris Schmidt
Secretary: Bill Hunter