|The Scotia Highland Dancers, eastern
Nova Scotia's Scottish dance troupe, have captured the hearts of
their audiences for more than two decades. Since their first
appearance at the Antigonish Highland Games in 1980, the Scotia
Highland Dancers continue to thrill audiences with their intricate
footwork, innovative choreography, and colourful costumes.
The high standards set by the Scotia Dancers have been achieved
through years of dedication and hard work. From the
beginning the troupe's purpose has been to promote traditional
highland dancing and Scottish culture through innovative and
The first directors of the Scotia Highland Dancers were Mrs. Murdo
MacIsaac, Mrs. Gerarda MacDonald, Ms Janice Macquarrie, Mrs
Bernice Valvasori, and Mr. Scott Williams. Over the years a number
of other highly acclaimed dance instructors have contributed to
the program as well. For the past several years, two 2
former members have carried on the instruction and continued to
inspire the dancers to display the wonderful numbers in the
troupe's repertoire. Shelley Rovers and Janet Smith have returned
again this year as choreographers with the troupe.
Over the last 23 years the troupe has traveled to many places to
share their talents. Internationally, the troupe has
performed in Scotland, at Epcot Center in Florida, at Disneyland
and on the Queen Mary in California. We have toured extensively
throughout the Maritime provinces and the New England States.
Highlights of our Canadian travels include; Winterlude,
Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Festival by the Sea, the
Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville , and Childrens Festivals in
Quebec and Prince Edward Island.