Dancing

Traditional Cape Breton style step-dancing is alive and well on the Island and is enjoyed regularly by young and old.

The early styles of step-dance focused on solo dancing, but as time progressed, Cape Breton style square-dancing became a huge part of the tradition as well. Today in Cape Breton, square dances are attended hugely for social purposes, but they certainly offer good workout at the same time! Best of all, you can jump right into the action and have fun as a novice. Here are some “dancing” options for you when you visit our fine Island:

Events

Port Hawkesbury Ceilidhs

Tuesday, July 4th 2017 - Tuesday, October 3rd 2017

Tuesday night Ceilidhs (7:30-9pm) regularly feature Cape Breton fiddle, piano, bagpipes, stepdancing, singing & more July 4         KitchenFest: Michael Hall | Kimberley Fraser | Joe MacMaster | Jeff MacDonald July 11      …

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Glencoe Day

Sunday, September 3rd 2017

Community celebration with games of chance, horseshoes, Mass at St Joseph's, followed by a dinner and square dance at the Glencoe Mills Hall.

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West Mabou Family Square Dance

Saturday, August 19th 2017

Join in for an evening of fun all year long! With traditional square dance where the whole family is welcome. Dances start at 9 pm every Saturday.  

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Celtic Colours International Festival

Friday, October 6th 2017 - Saturday, October 14th 2017

The Celtic Colours International Festival is a unique celebration of Cape Breton Island’s living traditional culture. For nine days in October you’ll discover hundreds of events and activities taking place in communities around the Island.Since…

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Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs

Monday, July 3rd 2017 - Friday, September 1st 2017

Make plans for one of our Blas Math lunchtime ceilidhs, and get a taste of our lively music and dance, and a hearty home-cooked meal. Tap your toes to the sounds of fiddle, piano, bagpipes,…

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Wednesday Night Ceilidhs

Wednesday, July 12th 2017 - Wednesday, August 30th 2017

Every Wednesday evening throughout July and August, the Great Hall of the Clans comes alive with lively music, dancing, songs, and more! Experience true Nova Scotia Gaelic culture. Begins at 7:30pm

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Kitchen Ceilidh Series 2017

Wednesday, August 23rd 2017

Kitchen Ceilidhs held every second Wednesday at the Father John Angus Rankin Cultural Centre, Glendale, at 7 pm, beginning June 1, 2016. You will be entertained by some of Cape Breton's best, with a light lunch…

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27th Annual Feis an Eilein – Gaelic Cultural Festival

Tuesday, August 15th 2017 - Saturday, August 19th 2017

Féis an Eilein is a community-based festival designed to promote the Gaelic language and culture of our area through educational and social activities for people of all ages. Christmas Island is home to the first…

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Experiences

Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College

Experience Gaelic culture with concerts, ceilidhs (pronounced kay-lees), classes, and more! A visit to the Great Hall of the Clans gives you an inside look at the traditions of those who settled in this area.…

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Celtic Colours International Festival

The Celtic Colours International Festival is a unique celebration of Cape Breton Island’s living traditional culture. For nine days in October you’ll discover hundreds of events and activities taking place in communities around the Island.Since its introduction…

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Highland Village Museum | Baile nan Gàidheal

We are North America’s only living history museum for Gaelic language and culture. Our breathtaking 43-acre site features one of the most unbelievable views of the Barramens Strait, eleven historic buildings, including three frame houses…

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