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-nos 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-nos 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 across Eastern Canada, northern France and Belgium,and most recently taught at the J.P. Collins Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and the Nova Scotia Choir Federation’s Youth Choir Camp. Next May, Elizabeth will return to Belgium to teach at a set dance weekend in Leuven.
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) recognized Elizabeth's contribution to Irish traditional dance by inducting her into the Canadian Eastern Region Music Hall of Fame.