Mabou School of Cape Breton Step Dance July 23-27, 2018 Mabou, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Monday - Friday (9:30 am - 10:30 am) - Dance Classes at St. Mary's Parish Hall and St. Joseph's Renewal Centre (10:50 am - 11:50 am) - Dance Classes at St. Mary's Parish Hall and St. Joseph's Renewal Centre (2:00 pm - 2:20 pm) - Cultural Talk at St. Joseph's Renewal Centre (2:30 pm - 3:30) pm - Step Dance review and Square Set and Scotch Four instruction at St. Joseph's Renewal Centre
Host Step Dance Instructors
Melody Cameron - Melody will be instructing from Monday to Friday.
Gerard Beaton - Gerard will be assisting Melody Cameron with dance instruction from Monday to Friday.
Guest Step Dance Instructors:
Margie Beaton - Monday, July 23th
Dawn Beaton - Tuesday, July 24th
Jenny MacKenzie - Wednesday, July 25th
Melanie MacDonald - Thursday, July 26th
John Pellerin - Friday, July 27th
Monday presentation will feature a discussion led by Melody Cameron with guests Rodney MacDonald and Harvey Beaton.
Tuesday presentation will feature a discussion led by Melody Cameron with guests Mary Janet MacDonald and Minnie MacMaster.
Wednesday presentation by Pat Ballantyne - Dr. Pat Ballantyne is a Research Associate with the Elphinstone Institute of The University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She specialises in the history of Scottish dance and music. In 1805, Aberdeen dancing master Francis Peacock wrote down the first detailed descriptions of Highland dance steps. Dr. Pat Ballantyne will teach steps from Peacock's book and will talk about how they may have influenced some of the steps found in today's Highland Dancing and Cape Breton step dancing.
Thursday presentation by Sarah MacInnis and Mary Elizabeth MacInnis - Gaelic singer Sara MacInnis will be joined by her mom, Mary Elizabeth to talk about Gaelic language, singing the tunes (Puirt à beul) and Cape Breton's song and dance Traditions.
Friday presentation by Paul MacNeil - The Cape Breton piping tradition, how it compares and contrasts with competition style piping, and how it connects to the island's music and dance traditions. After his presentation, Paul will play some tunes for the dancers!
Activities included in registration fee for school:
-Free admission to the Thursday night Glencoe Family Square Dance - This Family Square Dance has been happening for decades and features some of Cape Breton's best dance players. It is located inland between Whycocomagh and Mabou. Melody Cameron will be in attendance to help guide students through square sets.
-Tour of Glenora Distillery. Glenora Distillers have been recognized as the first single malt whisky distillery in North America, and also produced the world’s first single malt whisky aged in icewine barrels. Their copper pot stills and time-tested traditions mean the whisky they produce is on par with the greatest single malts in Scotland. Their on-site distillery tours take about 25 minutes. Adults will be given samples at the end of tour.
-A Cape Breton House Party for students and dance tutors!
Activities offered in association with the school:
-Yoga session with Jenny MacKenzie who is a certified Personal Training Specialist and Yoga instructor of Dannsair Fitness and Wellness will conduct a class in meditation and relaxation.
- Mabou Harbour Tours. These tours are led by Captain Wayne Rankin who has 30+ years experience as a fisherman. He has lived in Mabou all of his life and is very knowledgeable of the area from land to sea. The tour departs from the Mabou Marina, then will stop at Mabou Harbour to explore the wharf and lighthouse. It will then continue on to haul a lobster pot and tour the coastline from Mabou Coal Mines to Colindale with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife along the way. (Whales, Seals, Birds). The tours last 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Prices are $50.00 per person, $30.00 for children 12 -16 years and children under 12 free