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April 11, 2013: Dancing Comes Easy in Kitchissippi.

April 11, 2013: Dancing Comes Easy in Kitchissippi.
By Leonore Evans.

Do your kids love to dance?? Most kids do, including mine! There is a new series of Family Dances in Kitchissippi that is worth checking out. They will get you and your young kids moving to music. These dances are not your usual DJ and disco ball events… rather, they are specifically geared towards children aged 3 to 12 and their friends and families. There are sometimes a few babies in slings or backpacks too!
Family Dances bring together parents, grandparents, children and neighbours. The caller walks all the dancers through a simple pattern before the music starts. Then, there is plenty of whooping and laughing as the dancers dance through the patterns. My three year- old loves leading the way as she hops around the circle and then ends up with me, her dance partner. Of course she is wearing her favourite princess dress and maybe even her fairy wings!
The dancers form large circles, bridges and long lines. Familiar calls include “Do-si-Do” and “Everyone swing your partner.” I love swinging my three-year-old by picking her right off the ground and twirling her about. My two older children (aged 8 and 11) will grab each others’ wrists and lean back for their swing. They are confident enough to dance with each other, or whoever needs a partner, child or adult.
Two or three musicians play for the Family Dances. This is a wonderful way for children to see live music, and there can be a cluster of questions at the front of the hall at the break. Having live musicians also allows the music to change according to the dancers’ skill level, and makes for a more interactive experience.
Ottawa’s Family Dances are sponsored by the Old Sod Folk Music Society ( http://www.ottawacontra.ca ). They also host regular contra dances for youth and adults. For the contra dances, beginners are welcome and no one needs to bring a partner. Every contra dance has a beginner’s class and more seasoned dancers look out for beginners throughout the evening.
The Family Dances bring the joy of dancing to live music and a caller to our littlest ones. By organizing these events, the Old Sod Folk Music Society is growing the next generation of dancers in Ottawa.
We hope to see you at the next Family Dance! It’s on Saturday, April 20, from 3:30 to 5 pm at the Churchill Rec Center, 345 Richmond Road. Kids are free, $10 for adults (admission helps cover the cost of the caller, band, sound and hall).
More info: http://www.ottawacontra.ca .

Adults and kids cartwheel around the floor below.

Do-si-Do.

(Front Page) Photo Caption: Family Dances, held at the Churchill Seniors Recreation, bring together parents, grandparents, children and neighbours. The caller walks all the dancers through a simple pattern before the music starts. Then, there is plenty of whooping and laughing as the dancers dance through the patterns. See page 13 for a story about this event, which happens next on April 20. Photo by Emily Addison.

Mom and child dancing

Swing your Partner.

collage of 2 photos of parents and kids on the floor and at the sign-in.

For all ages.

Photo Caption: Dancing includes all generations at the Family Dances events in Kitchissippi. The next Family Dance will be on April 20, at the Churchill Rec Centre from 3:30 to 5 pm. Photos by Emily Addison.

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