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

We’re back but taking a break during August.
See you in September...
till then, lo
ok for chances to dance listed in our calendar/events. If you find others let us know.

It’s time to dust off your dance shoes and join OSDS after two long years apart. We look forward to seeing our community members again on our large dance floor.
We are keeping your safety in mind, so please review our current Covid-19 protocols (below).
Join us for a beginner lesson followed by 2.5 hours of DJ’d social dancing!
7:45 Doors open
8:00 Beginner lesson
9:00-11:30 Social dancing with DJs

Location: St Joseph’s Parish basement (174 Wilbrod St)

Invite your friends! Everyone is welcome. No experience required; no need to bring a partner. If you are new and have questions, visit here for more information.

Please bring a pair of clean, dry shoes for dancing.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold online only from here (TICKET PURCHASE). We will not be offering refunds or a waitlist.

We are still running at a reduced capacity of 35% . (140 dancers) to allow adequate space. We do not expect to have this many dancers on the floor at once. We suggest purchasing your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
*If pre-payment is an issue, please contact us in advance at *

We want to be able to provide a level of safety to all participants at this time.

Masks are required at all times, unless sitting at a table actively drinking. We strongly recommend N95 or KN95 masks. Masks with vents, exhalation valves, scarves or bandanas are NOT acceptable. Masks must fully cover your nose and mouth.

Proof of vaccination (two doses) & ID is required for entry.

Please do not attend our dances if you are feeling unwell. We can transfer your ticket to a new date if we are informed before 4:30pm the day of the event.

We will revisit this policy regularly and adjust our safety measures as appropriate based on case rate information. Thank you!

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up at


Join us from the safety of your own home (or where ever you choose) for the Online Swing and Blues Dance. Stay as little or long as you'd like, audio/video on or off as you see fit. Listen and dance on your own, or have friends 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 around 10 PM, so we can socialize with one another. Spread the word!
House DJs:
John Salalila (Windsor) & Jody Glanzer (Ottawa) Run by WE Swing Dance and the OSDS.


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

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.

Donate to the Ottawa Swing Dance Society:
Even though we weren't hosting dances during the pandemic, the OSDS still had some basic expenses.
(We did our best to be fiscally responsible; kept spending to a minimum by putting many services on hold, enquired about service discounts, due to changes in usage but some aspects had to be kept..)
If you have an especially good time during an evening, please consider
giving us a tip or making a donation.


Donate to the
Black Lindy Hoppers Fund if you can!