The OSDS is a non-profit dedicated to promoting swing dancing culture in Ottawa, ON, on unceded Algonquin territory.

IMPORTANT: all in person dances cancelled

Dear community,

OSDS has canceled all in person dances until further notice. We hope that you are well and staying safe, informed, helping each other and taking precautions as advised by the Canada, Ontario and Ottawa Public Health websites.

Join our Facebook group to know what is happening online. Take care and we hope to see you online!


Join us for the Online Swing and Blues Dance from the safety of your own home. Stay as long as you'd like, audio/video on or off as you choose. Listen and dance on your own, or have friends in your bubble drop by. Engage and interact or allow us to provide the soundtrack for your evening.
Music & dancing starts at 7 PM with the music usually ending just short of 10 PM so we could catch up with one another. Note:
We are committed to running these until we are able to get back together in person! Spread the word.
House deejays:
John Salalila (Windsor, ON) & Jody Glanzer (Ottawa, ON) Run by WE Swing Dance and the OSDS.


Jazz music and dances are Black American art forms. Swing music and dance have been shaped by the experience of oppression, slavery, and segregation.

Lindy Hop emerged as a defiant, joyous response to financial hardship caused by the Great Depression, harsh living conditions, and systemic racism.

As a community that enjoys this amazing dance and music, it is important to know and celebrate its history.

It’s also equally important to celebrate its culture, its values and the very people and communities who have created it. Not only out of respect and in an effort not to be appropriative, but because Lindy Hop is a dance of Black liberation, and simply because of our shared humanity.

If we do not support Black liberation today, we have no business dancing and teaching Lindy Hop.

At OSDS, we strive to educate ourselves, to act in solidarity with Black liberation initiatives, and to make changes in order to make our community safer and more just for everyone.

If you want to contribute to these goals, please send us an email at

Please check out our summary of the history of Lindy Hop, as well as this list of educational resources and calls to action compiled for swing dancers in Canada.

- OSDS Executive Committee


Please take some time to read on the Black American origins of swing dancing.


Educate yourself and take action to
support Black people and communities today - inside and outside our dance scene!


Donate to the
Black Lindy Hoppers Fund if you can!