Step dancing is an important part of the Gaelic arts in Nova Scotia. A style that is humble by nature though meant to be shared and celebrated, dancers perform as soloists or with partners during social dances to strathspeys, reels, and jigs. Toted as being both "close to the floor" yet "light on the feet", what is done today is reminiscent of the dance of old, another aspect of the culture that has kept different traditions alive for so many years. Most often set to the music of a fiddler, with the proper timing and drive provided, dancing also happens to pipe music or Puirt a'Beul, mouth music.
Square dancing became popular in Gaelic communities in the early 20th century, though older dances such as the four-hand reel can still be seen. Square dances are still very popular in the Gaelic parts of Nova Scotia and in the summer a person can attend a dance nearly every night!