Who are we?

Westie Underground is a group of passionate dancers and teachers dedicated to promoting West Coast Swing in the Ottawa area and beyond. We love this dance, and we want to spread that love as much as we can. We work hard to introduce new dancers to West Coast Swing and to encourage existing dancers of all levels with opportunities for growth, learning, and most importantly fun. We want to help you to enjoy your journey as a West Coast Swing dancer, from beginner through to social dancer, performer, or competitor.


With a heavy heart and an abundance of caution, we are CANCELLING our activities on Saturday, March 14. This includes the workshops with Nelson Clarke and the social dance at Studio X.

While the Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk in Ottawa is still low, many members of our staff and many of our regular dancers have been in high risk places or are at high risk of contracting the virus.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on future events. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions in the best interests of our community.

Posted March 14, 2020


In accordance with local policies intended to limit exposure to Coronavius, the Dovercourt Recreation Centre is cancelling all programming through to April 5. This includes all of Westie Underground's classes. We will continue to update regarding our classes and social dances as new information becomes available.

If you have already registered and paid for a class, Dovercourt Recreation Centre will be contacting you to provide refunds or credits.

Our instructors remain available for private lessons at this time. To make arrangements, either contact Westie Underground, or contact your preferred instructor directly.

Posted March 13, 2020

Special Workshops with Nelson Clarke!

Westie Underground is hosting All-Star competitor and judge Nelson Clarke for four workshop events as part of our Saturdays With The Underground social dances over the next four months.

These special workshop/social dance nights will take place on:

  • February 15
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9


  • 7pm-8pm: Invitational workshop for those with Intermediate WSDC points or pre-approval
  • 8pm-9pm: All-Levels workshop
  • 9pm-12:30am: Social dancing


  • Workshop only: $20
  • Workshop and social: $25
  • Social dance only: $10

(Attendees to the Invitational Workshop are invited to attend the All-levels workshop for free)

Package deals:

  • Buy all four workshops together for $75
  • All four workshops and socials together for $90

Payments can be made at the door with cash or credit (credit card payments are subject to a small credit card handling fee), or by pre-registering. To pre-register or if you have any questions, please contact westieunderground@gmail.com or message Westie Underground on Facebook for instructions.

Please arrive 10 minutes before workshops - especially if paying at the door - as we will start promptly on time.

Facebook event available at: http://bit.ly/NelsonWU

Posted February 10, 2020

Stay informed!