Dear families who have enjoyed the
Ottawa family & community dances,

As 2020 draws to a close, we wanted to reach out as we miss seeing you at the dances and we wanted to share some dance, music, and song opportunities that your family can enjoy online. Check out the events below!
Jan 3 - Mt. Airy Barn Dance (VERY kid friendly) - FREE
The Mt. Airy dance community has been hosting a monthly gathering on the first Sunday of the month 2-3pm, with the dances and songs geared towards families. Spread the word… This is a REALLY fun event!  
Facebook page here. Visit the page a few days ahead of time to get the event link.

Monthly Ottawa Contra All Comers Band Practices! - FREE
The Ottawa Contra All Comers Band is open to ALL ages and abilities.  If you can hold an instrument in your hands, you’re welcome to join.  We are restarting monthly zoom gatherings in the new year… they will be third Sundays from 630-730pm. (First date is January 17th.) Only the two leaders have their mics on while playing so it’s a really safe place to learn new tunes and practice playing.  Check out this webpage and then email Emily at if you want the zoom linkn.

And looking ahead… the US National Folk Organization Annual Conference April 7-12 2021 - FREE
This is a multiday event with over 20 hours of programming featuring dances from around the world.  There will be workshops as well as dance parties.  While there isn’t much on their website yet, mark your calendars and check back soon as they are a well-organized bunch and will be sure to pull off an amazing event. And check out this video!

Even more events and resources:  There are soooo many other traditional dance, music and song events happening.  Check out this calendar hosted by the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) … things are happening every day!

CDSS is also maintaining a list of other dance, music, and song resources for families.  You can check the resources here including their online dancing videos for families to dance at home.

Best wishes as we head into 2021!
Emily Addison & Leo Evans, on behalf of the organizing team
 Our community & family dance webpage:
Our All Comers Band webpage:
Our community & family dance FB group:
Our community &family dance FB page:
Our contra dance FB group (quite active):
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