Just Dance! - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
||An open, free-style barefoot boogie, our
theme is community expressed through dance. We meet every First
and Third Saturday from 7:30pm to
midnight, except for a two-month July-August summer recess.
Just Dance! is a smoke-free, alcohol-free, shoe-free dance and
movement environment. Families with children of all ages are very
Look below for details and a schedule of this year's dance
Updated: Saturday September 23, 2000 02:19
Just Dance! happens at 7:30pm every 1st and
July - August
|Dancing resumes in September.
Pot Luck Lunch
(Click for details!)
||Communty pot-luck lunches every fifth Saturday in a month
|First and Third
Saturday every month
Year 2000 Spring
Open Dance 7:30pm-Midnight
Ottawa-Japan Karate Studio
375 Cambridge St. South
Just Dance! comes together every other Saturday from
7:30PM to midnight (or so) at the Ottawa Japan Karate Association, 475
Cambridge Street South in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Enter through the
side door and please remove your shoes. To pay, look for the person
carrying the Just Dance! purse.
Bring some of your favourite dance music on CD or cassette tape.
In the middle of the dance, we have a brief community circle to exchange
names and dance-related event information.
Just Dance! is a community of volunteers. Please
contribute your time to help set up the space and pack it away at the end of the
Just Dance! Location:
Ottawa Japan Karate Studio
475 Cambridge Street South
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA
Cambridge Street South runs parallel to and west of Bronson, south of
Highway 417 (the Queensway) and north of Carling Avenue. Street parking is
available in the neighbourhood.
Just Eat! - a Just Dance! community Pot
Luck: Louis Radakir is hosting a Just Dance! community Pot Luck
lunch at 11:00am on Saturday, April 29.
11am Saturday, April 29: Just Eat!
c/o Louis Radakir (email@example.com),
150 Argyle (at Metcalfe, just south of the Museum of Nature)
All Just Dance! people are invited.
In March during our community circle,
and in April, May, June,
and August during meetings combined with a pot luck lunch, members of our
dance community discussed how to further promote the existence and sustenance
of Just Dance! More gatherings are planned.
Come to the gatherings, or watch this space for minutes and notes.
Just Dance! Newsletter
Jon Peirce (E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
is editing a simple monthly Just Dance! newsletter
listing items of interest to the local dance community. To contribute
items, send him email or call (613) 745-4970 (up to 10:30pm at night).
If he is not home, please leave him a detailed message and your phone number.
This list is always being updated. Your name could go here!
|Workshop Coordinators: Susan and Jan (email@example.com)|
|Newsletter: Jon Peirce (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Banking and rental payments: Jorge Deligiannis (email@example.com)|
|Open, set up equipment: Ian! Allen, Louis Radakir (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Put away equipment, lock up: Ian! Allen (email@example.com)|
|Meeting Minutes and Pot Luck Notes: Andy|
|Collect money: Liza, Jan|
|Supplies: Jon Peirce|
|Posters: Andy, Jon and Charlotte|
|Door greeter: Susan Alexander, Jan|
|Safety OmbudsDancers: Jorge, Susan, Phoenix, Ananda, Jan ...|
|DJs: Louis, Jorge, Ian, Susan, etc.|
|Phone Tree: Louis|
|WebMaster and Keeper of the Contact List: Ian! Allen|
Ottawa Dance Network
Ottawa's Dance Network
is a not-for-profit, membership-based, voluntary association dedicated to the
development of a community of independent dance artists in Canada's National
Dance New England (USA)
Dance New England is an association of
collectively- and cooperatively-run free-style dances in New England, U.S.A.
The spiritual parents to Just Dance!, this group of
people puts on a truly wonderful summer dance camp at the end of August each
Adapted from a 1995 article published in Tone Magazine by Wendy
It began the fall of 1991. From 6 months to 60 years, they came. Dressed free
and colourful, they came. They removed their shoes before a large pine-lined
room, and, with very little talk, they communicated fully their prime raison
d'etre: to Just Dance!
In these days of talks about the importance of ritual, the need for
community, breakdown in communications between various groups, and a longing for
spirit, these regular gatherings address such problems at their primal roots: in
dance and music.
Based on the model of dance co-operatives
started in New England in the late 1970's, Just Dance!
carries on the community spirit in Ottawa.
Smoke free and alcohol free, the Just Dance!
space is just for dancing. Compact Disc and Taped music is provided by the
dancers themselves. Drums, a fiddle and other instruments or song have also been
enjoyed. No experience necessary. Many find that the presence of children in the
first half helps to break down adult inhibitions, and emphasize that community
feeling. A short break at half-time allows all to make any dance-related
announcements, and to share some group dance, if interested. The last hour or so
tends to develop a creativity unique to each different night. Then, that
cooperative spirit carries into a rapid clean-up enjoyed by all who survived to
Some Just Dancers have danced the spirit in other
co-ops in New York, San Francisco, Vermont, Main, Colorado, and beyond. They
have also supported the spirit in town with the Sunday drummers in the park,
Sunday contact improvisation dance at Arts Court, certain dance rituals, the
occasional dance performance you may see around town, and ...???
As long as the just dance spirit continues, there will be a Just
Dance! every first and third Saturday at the Ottawa Japan
Karate Studio, 475 Cambridge Street South.
It's a simple ritual, to be experienced freely, to be moved by a spirit
connecting us all.