In Cape Breton dance came with the music from the “old country” when the settlers from Scotland, Ireland, and France settled on the great Island at the northern end of Nova Scotia. Over the centuries, a distinctive dance style was established that is related to the styles of their ancestors, but is clearly different. In this workshop, students will be introduced to some basic strathspey and reel steps that can be combined into a complete performance in the Cape Breton style. Students are encouraged to wear leather or hard soled shoes or tap shoes, if they have them.
Angela Szucs has been studying Cape Breton style step dancing for a number of years and has studied at the St. Ann’s Gaelic College in Cape Breton. When she is not dancing, she is teaching math.