Rodney MacDonald is an accomplished Cape Breton performer who has toured throughout Atlantic Canada. He is the grandson of the great fiddler and composer, Donald Angus Beaton. He began learning stepdancing from his parents at the age of four and soon picked up the fiddle. Rodney recorded his own solo recording in 1995 entitled Dancer’s Delight, Traditionally Rockin’ in 1997(with Glenn Graham), and was included on the 2004 Smithsonian release The Beaton Family of Mabou: Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music. The former Premier of Nova Scotia is working on a new CD for 2014.
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Pieds en cadence is a dance troupe from Centre scolaire Étoile de l’Acadie in Sydney. Founded in 2010 by its director Christine Doucet, the troupe presents a variety of choreographies influenced by the Acadian and Celtic cultures of Cape Breton. These girls take great pride in representing their school and community while square dancing and step dancing to traditional music.
Bill and John Pellerin are brothers who were born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Bill started dancing at six years of age and John at four. When he was ten, John also began playing fiddle. Their father, Kenneth, played fiddle for dances for years in the Antigonish area. Their roots go deep in Cape Breton tradition as well. Their grandmother on their mother’s side is a Beaton from the Mabou Coal Mines. Dancing and fiddling has brought both Bill and John throughout Canada, USA and Ireland.
Born in Montreal, Pierre Chartrand is a dance historian-ethnologist, a choregrapher, a master step dancer and an artfull dance caller. Dancing for more than 35 years, he teaches and performs regularly in Quebec, Canada, United States, and Europe. After his Dance Master in La Sorbonne (Paris – France, 1991), he founded the Centre Mnémo, an archive center on traditional french-canadian dance and music. He published folk music and dance books for Mnémo, and wrote many articles for magazines, and frequently speaks at folk music programs and for conferences. He has also won various awards such as the international dance medal in Madagascar, August 1997, and Price of the best choreography by the Independent Reviewers of New England, 2005. He teaches at the dance program of the Université du Québec à Montréal and at the folk music program of Joliette College. In 2000, he started his company Dance Cadence and produced shows such as Rapetipetam, Chasse-Galerie, Le Bal des Ménestriers, etc.