About us

It began as an idea in 2017 and grew into an annual celebration of Bachata in the Nation's Capital. Organised by Ritmo Baile Dance School, The Ottawa Bachata Festival offers three days of workshops, socials and performances over Family Day Long weekend. The Ottawa Bachata Festival strives to provide dancers of all levels the opportunity to learn, dance and perform with dance professionals and artists from across Canada, and internationally. Though the festival's emphasis is on Bachata, it also showcases other styles of Latin dance that have been known to influence Bachata over the past few decades. Workshops range from Beginner to Intermediate level and will provide attendees a chance to learn styling, patterns, footwork and tricks & lifts. 

Meet our Team


Festival Organizers

Mary Werre

Olivia Gilmer-Chekosky

Contact us: ottawabachatafestival@gmail.com

Volunteer Coordinator

Lauren Dickinson

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Social Media Officer

Frederick Zoreta

Sound & Light Technician

Jonathan Balmaceda 

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