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Dancing under Sun and Stars: Free Outdoor Dance Activities!!

Posted on May 31 2018

One does not simply get excited about summer in Canada. One gets RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED (1). It’s warm, there is sunshine, and everything and everyone comes alive. Really, there’s nothing like it. And since we like to party like nobody’s business in summer, we’ve put together a list of our favourite outdoor dance activities as well as a handy guide to choosing the perfect outdoor dance shoe. Yes, they exist. And yes, we have them. But first…!

Fiesta Olympica
May 18 - October 7, 2018

Montrealers rejoice! Fiesta Olympica is back this year! Every Sunday from 4pm to 11pm the de l’Esplanade area, located just behind metro Pie-IX, transforms into a Latin dancing paradise. Listen to good music, relax in lawn chairs or poofsa, or hit the outdoor floor and show us your moves. And it’s FREE! (Food and beverages available for purchase) Visit their facebook page for more details. You won’t want to miss these hot hot HOT nights.

Outdoor Dance Floor -- Lachine
May 21 – August 18,90435592&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Take advantage of the warm evenings and the beauty of the river in Lachine and come out to dance! Mondays offer line dance; Tuesdays are country dance; Wednesdays are hip-hop nights (oh yeah) as well as Zumba gold; while Thursdays are regular Zumba! An annual event and open to the public, no registration is necessary. Just bring your dance shoes and hit the floor! Find the outdoor dance floor behind the Lac Saint-Louis Game Hunting and Fishing Club (3051 Boulevard Saint-Joseph).

Montreal Verdun Greenhouses
May 22 – August 21,2900241&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

There’s something happening every night of the week at the Verdun Greenhouses. From line dance to swing dance to tango to social dance, there’s something for everyone. Check out the website for a full schedule and be sure to look for their special events as well!

Salsa at City Hall
July 4 – August 29

Ottawa's favourite summer salsa dance event is back! Come out every Wednesday evening (6pm to 11pm) from July 4 to August 29 for a night of Latin music, dancing, and fun - all for FREE! Learn salsa, bachata, kizomba -- no partner needed! Visit the website for all the details.

Latin Sparks Ottawa 2018
Saturday, June 9th, 2018
Albert Island, 6 Booth St (beside Lebreton Flats)

Get your groove on and join Ottawa for a Canada’s largest Latin Block Party. Check out the website for tickets and all the details!

Salsa in Toronto
July 2018

Calling all Latin dancers! For the month of July, Toronto is going to be muy caliente as it celebrates Latin dance, music, and food with outdoor dancing, classes, and more. And the best part? FREE. Check out their website or facebook page for more details.

So if you’re going to go dancing’re going to need outdoor dance shoes. And have we got some for you! None of these shoes have suede soles, as suede will wear very quickly on communal floors and concrete, but will still enable you to pivot. All of the shoes listed offer the same support as all our shoes and are comfortable for long hours of dancing under the sun and stars. They are incredibly light, flexible, and perfect for spinning and pivoting. For ladies, here are some of our models (click on the image to go to the product page):




And here are some of our models for gentlemen: 




So there you have it. It’s summer in Canada. You now know where to dance. And what to wear. We’ll see you out there.

Do you have a favourite outdoor event we haven't mentioned? Tell us in the comments!

(1) For those of you who are not in Canada and have never experienced a Canadian winter, come spend January and February and March with us and then you’ll understand why we go bonkers.

    About the author

    Anna Humphrey
    Author and Dancer
    Anna thinks she might have been born dancing. She spent several years as a ballerina and is now in love with ballroom dancing...and just a little obsessed with Tango and Viennese Waltz and Bolero and Peabody and...all of it, really. Her studio is her home away from home. When not dancing, she can be found reading, writing, and traveling. And drinking copious amounts of tea.


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