The Cape Breton style of dance is rooted in the Gaelic language. The various rhythms heard and danced in this style are a direct translation from the language. In this class, you will learn how to dance strathspeys, jigs and reels. Cape Breton square-dancing will also be taught throughout the course of classes.
Students in the new beginner level for step-dancing will learn the first basic steps for a strathspey, jig and reel. They will also learn at least one figure to a traditional square set which has its origin in Gaelic settlement areas of Cape Breton Island and Nova Scotia. Prerequisite: No prior experience necessary.
Advanced beginner step dance students will continue to develop their repertoire of strathspey and reel steps. The foundation for a routine will be laid out in this class. Particular attention will be made to teaching proper timing. Students will also learn at least 2 figures to a traditional square set which has its origin in Gaelic settlement areas of Cape Breton Island and Nova Scotia. Prerequisite: Knowledge of 2 basic strathspey, jig and reel steps.
The intermediate step dance student will spend time in class working on the first of several intricate rhythms. Emphasis will be spent on developing good timing and ensuring that beats are not missed. Further development of a routine will take place, and sets will also be danced as part of this intermediate level class. Prerequisite: Confidence in 5 – 10 strathspey & reel steps as well as 3 or 4 jig steps.
The advanced student will continue to learn additional steps. The Scotch Four traditional dance may be taught to the advanced level dance class. Teaching efforts will concentrate on developing excellent timing, expertise in dance and having fun. Prerequisites: Students in this level will have been step-dancing for 5+ years. They are extremely familiar with the timings and rhythms associated with all forms of Cape Breton music. Students will also be familiar with two of the more dominant square sets on the Island. Students have at least 10 strathspey and reel steps and can dance the jig comfortably.