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CapeLand Dancers

Cape Breton

Kelly MacArthur and The CapeLand Dancers
Kelly MacArthur is a champion dancer from Cape Breton, who has competed and performed all over the world for over 30 years, with nearly every musician and band that has come out of Nova Scotia. She has won several titles, including Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canadian Champion, as well as Western Canadian Runner Up. She was the Nova Scotia Dance Ambassador for tourism for 10 years, won a NS Women in Business Award in the Arts & Culture sector and a Maine Ambassador of Tourism & Culture Award. She was also featured in the Barra MacNeil's video, "My Heart's in the Highlands".

Kelly has been teaching Highland Dance and Cape Breton Step Dance for the past 25 years, all over Canada and the United States, including 17 years at her own Dance Studio in Sydney, the MacArthur School of Dance.

The school has a performance troupe under Kelly's direction, called the CapeLand Dancers. This Company consists of top-level dancers from all over Cape Breton, all of whom are immersed in the Gaelic culture of Cape Breton, and dance a variety of styles, including traditional and modern choreographed stage pieces.

Performing highland and step dance along with Kelly this year at Dancing Up a Suête, are both junior and senior members of the Company, all of whom are seasoned performers and top notch dancers. Kelly's choreography has won many awards, and is known for its versatility, so she is thrilled to be working alongside Celtic harpist, Maeve Gilchrist, to create a beautiful dance piece.

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