Summer 2024 Programming

Groovin’ In The Park – Summer Dance Series
Tap Dance, Vintage Solo Jazz, West African Dance (open-level, drop-in classes]

WHEN: Wednesday evenings for six weeks, June 26 – July 31 | 6:30PM. See the Schedule below.

WHERE: Windsor Park (in Old Ottawa South), 1 Windsor Avenue

The area where classes will take place is directly beside the free-parking lot. Accessible by bus (at park entrance on Riverdale Avenue). Windsor Park is located about a 15 mins. walk from Billings Bridge Shopping Mall. It is accessible by bike paths along the Rideau River. There are picnic tables in the area where we will be dancing. There is a nearby playground; however, children would need supervision as the playground is not in eye-shot from the dance area.

COST: All classes are Pay-What-You-Can. Send us an e-transfer at ottawarhythminitiave@gmail.com with your desired amount and indicate the class(es) you will take. Or, pay cash when you arrive at the class. (If you’re not sure what to pay, a suggested amount for each class is $10-20.)

All classes will take place outside and on the grass. IMPORTANT: All tap dance classes require that you bring a tap board. The recommended tap board size is 2′ x 4′. We do not have any tap boards for sale or to be loaned at this time. A quick Google search will give you a ton of options for tap boards, however, to save some money (and to get one quickly) you can also make one yourself. We suggest getting a ¾” thick Sande Plywood that you can buy from any local hardware store. Cut the wood to your desired size and lightly sand the edges.

Recommended foot ware: Tap Dance: Tap shoes or hard soled shoes. Solo Jazz and African Dance: Running shoes.

What else should you bring?: Stay hydrated and bug-free! Bring a water bottle and bug spray. Bring a foldable chair or blanket to hang out on. Other fun things to note: There is a Dairy Queen a short walk away. 🙂 Or come early before class and have a picnic dinner. 🙂

Schedule

Groovin’ in the Park class cancellation policy:  

  1. Classes may be canceled due to inclement weather or other unforeseen emergencies. Class cancellation notices will be posted on our social media channels (Instagram and Facebook): Please follow us there for updates. 
  2. No refunds are issued for cancelled or missed classes.
  3. If you have to miss a class that you paid for in advance, you may opt to choose another Wednesday class to attend. There is no need to advise us that you will come to a substitute class. 
  4. A substitute teacher may be provided without notice.

Friday, June 14 | 6PM – 9PM Workshop classes with The Boys’ Club @boysclubtap

The ORI is thrilled to present the Boys’ Club Tap Dance Collective one of Canada’s newest and accomplished all-female tap dance companies. The Boys’ Club comprises Veronica Simpson/Toronto, Laura Donaldson/Calgary, and Elise McGrenera/Vancouver who are deeply passionate about exploring tap dance as a vehicle to examine power dynamics and the female experience. Their work strives to be a celebration of female voices in tap dance and jazz music.    

Where:  Carleton Dominion Chalmers Centre (CDCC), Room 15/16

Cost:   $30 for one class; $50 for two classes (We don’t want finances to be a barrier to participation for students, artists or the underemployed. Please email us to work out another arrangement if needed.) 

Registration: Send an e-transfer to ottawarhythminitiative@gmail.com and indicate which class(es) you wish to take. Space is limited so please register early!

Program (spots are limited):

Class 1 (w/ Artist Talk) 6PM – 7:45PM | (All Levels)

An Open-to-All-Levels class that will explore musical concepts and technique in the Boys’ Club style. Then, meet the artists and learn about their Ottawa Fringe shows, happening in Ottawa June 13-24! 

Class 2  (w/ Artist Talk) 7:15PM – 9PM | (Intermediate +)

This class will dig further into the Boys’ Club style and learn some of their repertoire choreography. This class will be geared to intermediate/advanced levels. You’ll also get a chance right before the class starts to meet the artists and learn about their June 13-24 Ottawa Fringe shows!

Hang with the Boys’ (free + optional) | 9PM – 10PM

Join us following the workshop for an ORI Tap Hangout with the Boys’ Club (nearby location TBA at the workshop).

Registration: Send an e-transfer to ottawarhythminitiative@gmail.com and indicate which class(es) you wish to take. Space is limited so please register early!

And, check out the The Boys’ Club at the Ottawa Fringe Festival – June 13-23, 2024. Get tickets here!