Ooh La La!

Ooh La La is on pause for 2020

We regret to announce that Ooh La La Dance Weekend has lost access to its venue in Richmond, QC for July 2020. Due to a number of factors, we have decided as a committee that it is within the best interest of our event, and ourselves, to skip a year.

We are sorry to disappoint those of you who were planning to attend this year. We anticipate hosting the next Ooh La La Dance Weekend July 2 – 4, 2021. Please check back for updates. 

One Exceptional Dance Weekend Where Two Cultures Meet

Just north of the Vermont border in the eastern townships of Québec,  Ooh La La offers a rich summer dance weekend experience with a warm community spirit.  Nationally renowned bands and callers, a fabulous sprung wood floor, locally grown organic food prepared by our own chefs, and plenty of dancing, workshops, and singing have made Ooh La La an annual pilgrimage for many.

Bands & Callers

You can expect nothing but the finest, most festive bands and callers at Ooh La La!

Check back – 2021 Staff will be announced later this year.

Youth Participation

An important part of the overall vision for Ooh La La is to encourage and support youth participation by providing opportunities to explore connections with traditional music and dance forms. We attempt to achieve this goal in a variety of ways:

This outreach gives participants a chance to network and to hone their skills in a dance weekend setting, provides exposure to an extended dance community, and offers committed young talent an opportunity to meet and work with experienced staff.

New this year: We are aware that college students and other youth may be in the process of lining up summer engagements and may be unsure this early in the year whether they can commit to a volunteer spot at Ooh La La. We have adapted our registration policy so that youth volunteers who are in this situation will have a grace period, extending until May 15, during which we will hold their spot without payment. We ask that you let us know as soon as possible as your summer plans solidify so that we may fill your spot if you can’t come.

Venue

Ooh La La takes place at the “Centre Ste-Famille” in the charming town of Richmond, Québec.   The dance hall is bright, spacious, and has a fantastic sprung floor!

Find directions on Google: 155 Rue Craig, Richmond, Québec

  • Our dance hall

  • Photo by Sharon Schenkel

Meals and Lodging

From the very first Ooh La La (2007), we have strived to make mealtime a special part of the weekend experience. We use primarily fresh-local-organic ingredients that various members of the volunteer committee source themselves along with the chefs. Deep care is taken in the menu creation and preparation of food, resulting in delicious & healthy meals! You can expect items such as (but not limited to!) breakfast nut loaves, hearty soups, cheeses, granola, yummy curries, dark green salads, dessert cakes, and fruits. Meals at Ooh La La are very much a social time with lots of round tables in the hall at which to gather. There is also lots of lawn outside and often you’ll find groups of dancers with their meals out on the grass.  If you have dietary constraints, let us know on the registration form and we will attempt to accommodate your needs.

Lodging

Dancers are responsible for their own lodging during the weekend.  Motels and B&Bs are available in the area as well as some beautiful camping areas.  Stay an extra night – explore Québec’s Eastern Townships!

View Local Accommodations

Schedule

Check out the 2018 schedule to get an idea of how the weekend works.

Registrants will receive the 2019 schedule via email sometime in June!

Download Schedule PDF!

  • Photo by Sharon Schenkel

Volunteer

Duties

We ask for approximately six hours of volunteer time during the weekend; most tasks occur outside of dancing time. Activities include: dishwashing, kitchen work, and food preparation, floor sweeping, setting up tables, helping with snacks and final clean up on Sunday. Chatting, singing and friend-making encouraged while volunteering!  Volunteers attend at a reduced rate ($110 CAD/$85 USD).

**PLEASE NOTE** as of 2.19.2019 ALL volunteer spots have been filled. If you wish to be placed on a waitlist for a volunteer spot, please check “yes” below. We will notify you if a spot opens up.

Youth Engagement

In an effort to encourage and enable youth participation at Ooh La La! we are reserving a certain number of these volunteer slots exclusively for young people. Even though we’re all young at heart, for the purposes of these positions, we will consider “youth” to include folks who are 35 or under. If you qualify, please let us know on your registration form and we will follow up with you.

*New this year: We are aware that college students and other youth may be in the process of lining up summer engagements and may be unsure this early in the year whether they can commit to a volunteer spot at Ooh La La. We have adapted our registration policy so that youth volunteers who are in this situation will have a grace period, extending until May 15, during which we will hold their spot without payment. We ask that you let us know as soon as possible as your summer plans solidify so that we may fill your spot if you can’t come.

Questions?

Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Mary Wesley, with any questions: oohlaladance@gmail.com

Photos by Lina Giguère and Marie-Claude Simon‎

Registration

Ooh La La 2019 is full! Registration is now closed

Join the Waitlist

The price for Ooh La La 2019: $220 CAD // $170 USD

Already registered and need to pay? Click here!

Volunteering

Learn more about volunteering. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Mary Wesley, to join the waitlist or if you have any questions: oohlaladance@gmail.com

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel more than 4 weeks prior to the event, we will provide a full refund.
  • If canceling less than 4 weeks prior to event, 50% refund.
  • If canceling less than 2 weeks prior to event, no refund.
  • Case by case exceptions may be made for drastic circumstances.

 

Organizing Team

Ooh La La is organized by a devoted group of volunteers spread across borders.  Adam Broome, Jaige Trudel, Marjolène Forest & Mary Wesley comprise the core committee, working throughout the year to prepare for the big weekend! Our faithful ‘Super Volunteers’ this year include Eugene Lawrence who is ready to jump in at that critical time when everything must happen at once.

Green Initiative


Ooh La La is committed to a high standard when it comes to creating joyful community gatherings with an awareness and responsibility towards our events’ environmental impact. If you have been coming to the dance weekend for a number of years, you may have noticed some of the efforts we make, like composting, providing meals that are comprised of nearly 100% organic ingredients — many of them sourced from local and regional farms, using real or compostable dishes instead of disposable ones, reusing name-badges, making every attempt to avoid single-use packaging when purchasing goods for the event, and helping to connect participants for carpooling, just to name a few… and we want to do more. We firmly believe that it is possible to gather from diverse locations and nourish ourselves with inspiring music, dancing and food in a fashion that promotes a gentle existence within our community at large (Planet Earth) and responsibility to our shared climate.

We recognize that many of us travel to Ooh La La from afar and in doing so, generate a quantity of carbon emissions. As a response to this, we started a clothing swap two years ago in an attempt to generate funds to purchase carbon offsets (i.e., plant trees and increase protected green spaces). Last year, we successfully raised enough from the swap to compensate the travel-related carbon emissions produced by our entire staff and team of organizers!

New this year: we are offering you, the attendee, the option of adding any amount to your registration fee when you register, to increase the funds we will use to offset our collective carbon footprint for the weekend. We encourage you to consider your own travel as part of this bigger picture. As a guideline, a round trip from Montréal to Ooh La La in a compact vehicle would require less than 2$ to compensate; from Ottawa, the offset would be just under 5$. All Carbon Offset donations will be directed to the Carbone Boréal Project.

Calculate Your Travel

Also new this year: Tradicaux, our non-profit organization behind Ooh La La, has signed Le Pacte pour la Transition as a next step. The Pact is a pledge undertaken by citizens and organizations of Québec to take action according to their means in order to halt environmental destruction and climate disaster. Québec Friends, you can sign this too! Even if you are not from Québec, the Pact is a good read — comprehensive and inspirational — and it will give you an idea of what Ooh La La is aiming for.

Code of Conduct

Ooh La La offers a rich summer dance weekend experience with a warm community spirit. We strive to create a safe community based on consent, inclusivity and respect. To achieve this, we have published a formalized Code of Conduct to outline our expectations for participants towards other dancers, the band, caller, kitchen crew, and sound personnel.

Please take a moment to read it!

View our Code of Conduct

Contact

If you have ANY questions about our dance weekend, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Email us at: oohlaladance@gmail.com

You can also keep up with Ooh La La news on our Facebook Page