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    Ottawa Dance Directive / Centre de danse contemporaine (ODD) is a centre for professional dance. ODD creates a space in Ottawa for contemporary minded artists to investigate dance making, performance and collaboration.

    We believe in sharing resources. Learn more about our Studio Rentals, Partnerships and Policies.

    Intensive with Calder White

    June 24-27

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    A ‘showing’ show! Works-In-Progress by Monique Léger and Jocelyn Todd

    June 1 | 7pm | ODD BOX | $15

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    NAC Masterclass with Oona Doherty

    Fri May 24 | 10am – 12pm

    Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) – Studio B (Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave)

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    Danse programme double
    Sonia St-Michel Créations et Compagnie ODD

    Monday April 29th 7pm

    Salle Odyssée,
    855 Bd de la Gappe, Gatineau

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    Empty Space | Empty Time

    APRIL 21ST ST 8:00 pm

    404 Jarvis Street, Toronto

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    Dance and Riopelle: a moving response to Riopelle with Compagnie ODD and Raphael Weinroth-Browne

    Thursday, April 4, 2024
    6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT
    National Gallery of Canada – Scotiabank Great Hall


    Freakin Fun Friday!
    An ODD fundraiser, the party you dont want to miss!

    Friday April 12, 2024. 7pm – 12am
    ODD studios

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    Lina Cruz and Cathy Kyle Fenton
    A Co-presentation with Ottawa Dance Directive
    March 7 & 8 / 7:30pm / ODD BOX

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    Linda Rabin: Jan 22-25, 2024


    ODD / Canada Helps / Giving Tuesday Campaign


    SERIES DANCE 10 #49 / Belinda McGuire & Speakeasy

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    SERIES DANCE 10 #48 Personne Danse + Jillian Peever

    SERIES DANCE 10#48 presents two electrifying solos with performances by Jillian Peever & Charles-Alexis Dégagnés.
    October 26, 27, 28 2023 / 7 :30 pm / Doors open at 7pm

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    National Dance Company of Korea + Compagnie ODD

    Scent of Ink, Empty Space | Empty Time with Worlds Within by Raphael Weinroth-Browne, Tuesday, October 10, 2023 7pm


    SERIES DANCE 10 #47 – Liz Winkelaar & Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson

    September 28,29,30 2023 / 7 :30pm / ODD BOX Doors open at 7 pm

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    A Conversation Between Dancers, a Cellist and Flowers
    August 19 at Gossamer Gardens Flower Farm, Opens 5pm

    *** Change of venue to River House Vineyard and Winery

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    July 4-7 at ODD 10:00-1:00

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    July 4-7 at ODD 10:00-1:00

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    July 4-7 at ODD 10:00-1:00

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    July 4-7 at ODD 10:00-1:00

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    Empty Space | Empty Time and Worlds Within
    May 18, 19, 20 7:30 LabO Theatre, Ottawa

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    An evening of contemporary dance
    March 10 & 11 (+ Pique)

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    Ghost / Series Dance 10 #46

    November 24,25,26 / 7:30 pm / Arts Court Theatre
    Door open at 7pm

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    One hundred more / Series Dance 10 #45

    October 25-26 / 7:30 pm

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    ADELHEID / Series Dance 10 #44

    September 29-30 & October 1
    7:30 pm / ODD BOX

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    The eighth poem in ODD’s series from a man from jambican. Here for you to take a few moments of quiet reflection.

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    The seventh poem in ODD’s series from a man from jambican. Here for you to take a few moments of quiet reflection.

    man from jambican bio

    The sixth poem in ODD’s series from a man from jambican. We wish you a moment of pause to reflect and consider his words.

    man from jambican bio

    In MemoriamMenaka Thakkar, March 3rd, 1942- February 5th, 2022

    Menaka-di, as she was known to her many dance students, was a giant in the Canadian dance world. Arriving in Canada in 1972 from Bombay, she was a classically trained dancer in three techniques, Bharatanatym, Odissi and Kuchipudi. Her early performances in Canada mesmerized audiences. She was virtuosic in her execution of nritta or pure dance while also being an incredibly moving performer of abhinaya or expressional dance. Her dances took audiences on an unforgettable journey. She compelled a Eurocentric Canadian dance community to sit up and take notice of her art.


    A man from jambican’s fourth poem in this series of poetry offerings.  These are powerful words and reflections.  We hope you will take a pause from your day to read them.  An Ottawa artist of immense humanity.

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    ODD Statement of Support for Indigenous Peoples

    Ottawa Dance Directive stands together with Indigenous peoples and our hearts are filled with sadness and compassion for the grieving families and communities of the children whose remains were found in unmarked burial sites near former residential schools.  As settler allies, we commit to listening, learning, and adapting to better support reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.  It is vital that we create new pathways for healing.

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    Black Lives Matter

    Ottawa Dance Directive stands in solidarity with all those working for justice and protesting against racism, intolerance and other forms of oppression. It is imperative that we forge new pathways for discussion with open and compassionate hearts and minds so that change is finally realized. ODD is committed to having these discussions and creating space for the important work ahead. Diversity of expression is vital in the arts and in every sector of society and with it brings the greatest potential for our joint humanity.

    Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
    Barack Obama

    Ottawa Dance Directive acknowledges that its studios are located on traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation, as the traditional custodians of the land. We respect the land as the territory of the First Peoples.  We are humbled to work in their community, and on their territory.

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