Melody Cameron

Cape Breton

Melody Cameron

Melody Cameron is an accomplished Cape Breton-style step dancer and fiddler with more than 40 years of dance experience. From a young age she performed and taught with her sister Kelly throughout Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Western Newfoundland. Through the 1980’s, they appeared on popular ATV show Up Home Tonight and were filmed for a BBC documentary Down Home. They were also part of a group called Highland Classic that included Natalie MacMaster, Ashley MacIsaac, Wendy MacIsaac, Rodney MacDonald, Stephanie Wills, and Jackie Dunn. In the late 1990s Melody worked as a choreographer for The Rankins, and in 2005 Melody and Kelly danced on The Rankin Sisters’ televised Christmas special Home for Christmas. Melody lives in Mabou with her husband Derrick and they are very active in Cape Breton’s traditional music and dance scene, performing together for dances, pubs, concerts, and festivals at home and abroad. The couple was featured in the Genuine Pictures documentary And They Danced (2006) and have released three recordings. More recently, Melody has helped establish the workshop series Dance Dialects, and in the summer of 2017 she started the Mabou School of Cape Breton Step Dance.

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