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Elizabeth MacDonald

Elizabeth MacDonald lives to dance – and to share that passion with others. Originally trained as a Highland dancer and accredited teacher, she discovered traditional Irish dance in the late 80s, and has been building her knowledge and skills ever since, studying with dance masters in both Ireland and the US. Elizabeth is also credited with introducing Irish sean-nós step dance to Nova Scotia

Elizabeth specializes in two older forms of Irish dance that, until recent years, were on the verge of extinction: the Irish set (or square) dances and sean-nós step from the Gaeltacht region of Connemara. She’s taught for many years in Halifax and for three years, led the set dance group in Brussels, Belgium. She's led workshops and ceilithe at festivals in Canada, the US, and Europe, most recently at the Leuven Set Dance Weekend in Belgium and MAD week in Washington, DC.

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) recognized Elizabeth's contribution to Irish traditional dance by inducting her into the Canadian Eastern Region Music Hall of Fame.