Sabra & Troy MacGillivray
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.
MacGillivray - Bodhran
Track Listing & Sound Clips
Sailor's Hornpipe - 4
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.”