The ORI is dedicated to voicing the Ottawa tap dance community.

We are a community, a hub, a collective of tap dancers. We collaborate with local, national and international artists and ambassadors to create a platform for new rhythm tap work, professional development and programming opportunities for all who enjoy the art of tap dancing.

Cultivating a lively and positive Ottawa tap dance community and scene, we:

  • Inspire and nurture the individual artistry and innovation of Ottawa’s tap dancers towards the creation of new work;
  • Work and partner with tap dance artists and musicians to foster the growth and development of the artistry of Ottawa’s tap dancers;
  • Promote the practice of rhythm tap, improvisation and repertoire; and
  • Offer professional development opportunities and programming for the tap dance community.

Founded in 2011, the ORI is a volunteer-run community and operates on a cost-recovery model.  The ORI is currently seeking not-for-profit status.

Join us and find out more about us on Facebook.

Contact us!  ottawarhythminitiative@gmail.com  |  613.799.0386.

About the Founder and Artistic Producer:  IMG_9997Carole Anne Piccinin founded the ORI out of a life-long passion to explore and celebrate the art of tap dance as a percussive form in a musically authentic and community-focused way. She has studied dance since age six, having lived the lives of performer, teacher, studio owner, choreographer and adjudicator along the way. Carole Anne credits Canadians William Orlowski (National Tap Dance Company of Canada) and Heather Cornell (Manhattan Tap) for making the connection for her many years ago that tap dance is music. She is grateful and honoured to be a part of the Canadian rhythm tap community and scene. Carole Anne has created and taught tap dance and music programming for a multitude of dance schools and programs, musical theatre youth companies, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, the City of Ottawa, and developed the Canadian Children’s Museum long-running Musicworks! program. Passionate about tap dance to her core, she studies and collaborates with rhythm artists and musicians wherever and whenever she can. She is a dance reviewer for Ottawa Tonight. A mom of two young boys and married for over 20 years, she served for five years on the Canada Dance Festival board of directors and is the Executive Director at Ottawa Festivals d’Ottawa.



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