Welcome to the ORI

We are Ottawa’s tap dance community and hub, and the voice of Ottawa’s tap dance community.

Stay tuned for what’s coming up next – to be announced soon!

We are an inclusive community that offers opportunities for all who enjoy the art of tap dancing. Read about our statement of practice.

We collaborate with local, national and international artists, educators, performers and ambassadors to deliver a variety of programming throughout the year. The ORI is volunteer led and supported community.

We enable the individual artistry of Ottawa’s tap dancers to flourish by providing ways for them to explore and further develop their unique voice as percussive dancers. We:

  • Are education-based hosting jams, workshops, seminars, and classes that focus on developing dancers through the exploration and connection with rhythm and music; and
  • Are creation-based through the ORI Ensemble;
  • Work with live music where ever possible.

Dancers and musicians of all ages and levels (absolute beginners, too) are welcomed to join and share in our growing community. Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

Are you new-to-Ottawa tap dancer?  Or a tap or percussive artist or musician coming to Ottawa and would like to share space with us? Get in touch with us!  ottawarhythminitiative@gmail.com.