International Folk Dancers at Jack Purcell Community Centre in Ottawa

IFDO meets every Thursday from 7:30 – 10:00 pm, all year long. The only Thursdays we do not dance are those that fall on statutory holidays, when the community centre is closed. At certain times during the year, a series of classes for intermediate to advanced dancers are offered on Monday nights. Please contact us if you would like more information about the time and location of the Monday classes.

The first hour of the evening, from 7:30–8:30 pm, is dedicated to teaching. An enthusiastic team of experienced teachers provides a varied program of dances that will keep you moving the entire time.

Starting at 8:30 pm, it is time for requests! Each week, a different volunteer takes care of the program, which consists of recently taught dances and requests.

International Folk Dancing at Jack Purcell Community Centre in Ottawa

Fees / Membership

IFDO is completely run by volunteers, and the only fee we charge is what is needed to cover our expenses. The annual membership fee of C$85 will give you access to all Thursday night dances, including teaching. Anyone is welcome to come and try dancing with us at no cost. If you decide to come again, we ask that you become a member or pay a drop-in fee of C$10.

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Location & Parking

We meet at Jack Purcell Community Centre, Room 203. Free parking is available in the parking lot behind the Community Centre, as well as in some designated parking spots on Jack Purcell Lane (for which parking passes can be requested at the Community Centre front desk). Free street parking can also be found on nearby side streets.


Polish folk pattern