The ORI is dedicated to voicing the Ottawa tap dance community.
We are a collaborative and inclusive community of tap dancers.
Cultivating a lively and positive tap dance scene, we:
- Inspire and nurture the individual artistry of Ottawa’s tap dancers;
- Work and partner with tap dance artists and musicians to foster our community’s development, and create new work;
- Provide educational programming and professional development;
- Work with live music whenever possible; and
- Promote and practice the art of tap dance.
The ORI is a volunteer led and supported community and operates on a cost-recovery model. The ORI is currently seeking not-for-profit status.
Our statement of practice
We take great joy celebrating tap dance.
Our practice cultivates an understanding of the dance as integral to jazz music and culture.
We respect tap dance as an art form whose roots are deep in Black history and culture. Through our practice, we honour the many Black tap dancers on whose shoulders we stand, and for whose sacrifices we are forever grateful.
We continue to strengthen our relationship with the history and culture of tap dance, especially through community engagement and education.
We foster a safe and inclusive learning and working environment for everyone.
Carole 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 an artist, 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 programs for a multitude of Ontario dance schools and school boards, musical theatre companies, and developed the Canadian Children’s Museum long-running Musicworks! program. Passionate about tap dance to her core, she studies and collaborates with tap dance artists and musicians wherever and whenever she can. She is a dance reviewer for Ottawa Tonight. A mom of two boys and married for over 25 years, she served for five years on the Canada Dance Festival board of directors and is the Executive Director of Ottawa Festivals d’Ottawa.