Our program includes a variety of ways to get connected to (and love) the art of tap dancing – and further develop and enhance your own unique “voice”, style and artistry.


Below is a summary of what opportunities we offer:

Classes:  Weekly technique and improvisation classes, scheduled at different times and venues throughout the year.

Workshops:  Special classes instructed by local, national and international guest dance and music artists to inspire you and take your musical and rhythmical awareness and dancing to new heights.

Tap Jams:  Community events for dancers and musicians of all ages and levels to gather, share rhythms, and create new ones.

Artistic development:  Committed to developing Ottawa’s tap dance artistry, the ORI offers Ottawa’s professional community opportunities to explore and further enhance their own voices through residencies and master classes with local, national and international tap dance artists and musicians, with the goal of offering professional development, producing new work, or further defining work in progress.

We also offer other events such as traditional rhythm tap repertoire and choreography classes, seminars, film showings, expert speakers, etc., and we partner with like-minded organizations and companies to deliver our programming. We also celebrate Tap Dance Day every May 25 with community programming for the public.

Interested in partnering with the ORI?  Please contact the Artistic Producer, Carole Anne Piccinin at or 613.799.0386.

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