2017 Mabou School of Cape Breton Step Dance

Schedule for Mabou School of Cape Breton Step Dance July 24-28, 2017 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 Instructor: Melody Cameron - Melody will be instructing from Monday to Friday.

Guest Step Dance Instructors: Dawn Beaton - Monday, July 24th 9:30am - 11:50am Margie Beaton - Tuesday, July 25th 9:30am - 11:50am Jenny MacKenzie - Wednesday, July 26th, 9:30am - 11:50am Melanie MacDonald - Thursday, July 27th 9:30am - 11:50am John Pellerin - Friday, July 28th, 9:30am - 11:50am

Guest Speakers: • Monday presentation by Melody Cameron

The Importance of Good Form, Style and Proper Technique

• Tuesday presentation by Pat Ballantyne

A brief look at Scottish Dance Traditions from the 1800s onwards and how

it might relate to Cape Breton step dance

• Wednesday presentation by Kenneth MacKenzie

The Cape Breton piping tradition, how piping influenced the fiddle style and how to

approach playing for dancers. After this presentation,

Kenneth will stay on to play some tunes for the dancers!

• Thursday presentation by Goiridh Domhnullach

Gaelic Language and Cape Breton's Song and Dance Traditions

• Friday presentation by John Pellerin

John will lead a discussion on forming synchronized dance routines, how to make steps, what makes a good step and favourite tunes to dance to. After his presentation, John will play 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:

• Tai Chi, the evening of July 26th at West Mabou Beach with Michelle Greenwell of Dance Debut - Michelle is a Touch for Health and Tai Chi instructor, movement specialist and dancer based in Mabou.

• Yoga session with Jenny MacKenzie - Jenny is a certified Personal Training Specialist and Yoga instructor of Dannsair Fitness and Wellness. She 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

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