Gerard Beaton was born and raised in South West Mabou, Cape Breton. He began step dancing at the age of 5, if his memory serves him well. He was fortunate to take lessons from great Cape Breton step dancers such as Mary Janet MacDonald, Rodney MacDonald, and many more. He still considers himself a student of step dancing; taking any opportunity to share, learn, and practice his steps with anyone and everyone. Presently, Gerard finds himself living in Prince Edward Island working as a high school teacher and is looking forward to share some steps at the Gaelic College this summer.