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Beginner Step Dancing with Sabra MacGillivray

Online Dance Course

Sabra MacGillivray

I will take you through a 10-video series of step dance instruction at the beginner level to learn the basic strathspey, reel, and jig steps commonly performed in the step dancing regions where I grew up. By the end of the series, you will be able to perform a solo step dance routine which consists of strathspeys and reels, and you will also be able to do the basic jig and reel steps which are most commonly done in square sets in our region. All the steps are broken down into different tempos so you can learn at your own speed, taking as long as you need to master the steps. Once you complete this series, you will be well on your way to learning more advanced steps, which will be coming in the future! Happy dancing!

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The National Dances

Highland Dancing Music From Nova Scotia (CD)

Sabra & Troy MacGillivray
Released: 2011

$19.95 CAD

Highland Dance Music from Nova Scotia is a collection of tunes treasured by dancers and musicians alike that reflects Nova Scotia’s world-famous roots music on a variety of instruments from fiddle and piano to bagpipes and guitar. Sabra MacGillivray is a champion highland dancer who has been dancing to her family’s music for as long as she can remember. Her brother, Troy, is an award winning instrumentalist who combines his music with his innate musicality, driving rhythm and technical mastery of both fiddle and piano to showcase his passion for the traditional music he grew up with. Together their passion for the music and dance goes hand-in-hand with their dedication to continuing the arts associated with their Scottish heritage.

Musicians:

Sabra MacGillivray – Bodhran
Troy MacGillivray – Fiddle, Piano, Bass, Banjo
Jake Charron – guitar
Heather MacIsaac – Highland Bagpipes, Whistles
Scott Ferguson – Percussion

Gaelic In The Feet

Scottish Stepdancing for Beginners (DVD)

Sabra MacGillivray
Released: 2011

$24.95 CAD

If you’ve ever had a secret desire to dance like Sabra MacGillivray, the well-travelled dancer, choreographer and dance instructor is now offering the next best thing to a private lesson.

Renowned as a solo and group dancer on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, MacGillivray was inspired to create a DVD project after several participants in dance workshops requested a means of reviewing the steps she had displayed moments earlier.

“I’ve had these requests quite a few times, and I’ve tried to write the steps down, but it’s not the same as watching it,” she pointed out.

Although the DVD does not feature what MacGillivray describes as advanced dance routines, she feels the project’s instructional style will allow viewers to piece together their own variety of Celtic step-dance combinations based on the basic steps.

“I try to explain in the video that you can get up and do this routine to any strathspey and reel combo, but there’s a variation to your basic step, so you can put that variation in anywhere that you want, or mix up the order,” she pointed out. “They definitely have that freedom – that’s the nice thing about our style of step-dancing.”