Bold Steps Dance Studio was created to bring the love of highland and step dancing to children and adults of all ages. You will learn traditional and original choreographies of the Scottish and Canadian folk dances. Dancers will also learn technique, musicality, and develop self discipline, and self esteem all while having fun.
Highland dancing is one of the oldest forms of folklore dancing. The most common being the Highland Fling and the Sword Dance. The dances are made up in parts known as steps, and in each dance there are usually 4 or 6 steps. Along with the powerful and graceful footwork, the upper body uses it's strength to control posture and integrates arm, hand and head movement. Highland dance is great for coordination and muscle development.
With quick movements of the feet, the dancer drums out the beat with their shoes, the footwork being the most important body part. The upper body is usually restricted to any movement. The most common of dances being the clog, jig and reel with their differing of tempos. Step dance originated with the Celtic people of Western Europe which then spread to Ireland and eventually to North America. Step Dancing is most popular in Ontario and Quebec. With it's fast energetic style, it is a great workout for all ages of any level.
Highland dancing is danced in soft shoes. Shorts are required or tight fitting leggings, and hair must be pulled off of the face.
Step Dancing is performed in character shoes with special clicker attached to the toe and heel of the shoe. Work out clothes should be worn, shorts, jogging pants, track suit, but nothing to interfere with the feet such as the pants being too long.