We regularly receive requests for more information about step-dancing at Camp. What kind of dance form is it? Where can I see it? Can anyone do it?
At Camp we focus primarily on Canadian step-dancing, a rhythmic and percussive response to all kinds of music using our feet.
Canadian step-dancing is rooted in the traditions of the early settlers who came to the “New World” from France, England, Ireland and Scotland. While there are elements of other forms of traditional dance evident in the style, the evolution of Canadian step-dancing over the last fifty years has seen it become established as it’s own unique art form. Within Canada itself, there are many “sub-genres” of Canadian step-dancing. Some of the more common ones include Ottawa Valley, French Canadian, Métis Jigging and Cape Breton. All have been featured at Leahy Music Camp over the years.
This year we are pleased to welcome Stephanie Cadman to Leahy Music Camp. As well as being a champion step-dancer, Stephanie is an accomplished tap-dancer, singer, musician and actor with international awards to her credit. Visit her website at http://www.stephaniecadman.com to learn more about her dancing and many musical achievements.
Combined with Chanda (Gibson) Leahy, Kerry Fitzgerald and Emily Flack, this year’s dancing program promises to be very rich!