Welcome to the ORI

Our program is designed to deepen your connection to the art of tap dancing! 


…to JOIN our AUGUST SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES:  The PlayDate – where jazz music and tap dance meet!  Work with some of Ottawa’s accomplished jazz musicians.  Open to all levels!  Location: 911 Richmond Road (Westboro – Forward Dance Studio)

Stay tuned for our fall/winter schedule…coming soon!


We’re a community and a tap dance hub. Above all, we are the voice of Ottawa’s tap dance community.

We offer varied opportunities for all who enjoy the art of tap dancing. We collaborate with local, national and international artists, teachers, performers and ambassadors to create new work and deliver our programming.

Our program (including classes, jams, workshops, seminars, etc.) focuses on developing dancers through the exploration of music and rhythm, tap technique and form (movement for tap dancers), improvisation, repertoire and choreography. Wherever possible we work with live music.  Learn more.

We support the individual artistry of Ottawa’s tap dancers, and provide opportunities for them to explore and further develop their unique voice as percussive dancers and rhythm tap artists.

Dancers and musicians of all ages and levels (absolute beginners, too) are welcomed to join and share in our growing community. Find us on Facebook to get invited to all of our events!

Are you new-to-Ottawa tap dancer?  Or a tap or percussive artist or musician coming to Ottawa and looking to offer classes, workshops, or want to join in our jams?  We look forward to hearing from you!  Contact us at ottawarhythminitiative@gmail.com or call 613.799.0386.