Harvey Beaton

Cape Breton

Cape Breton stepdancer Harvey Beaton was raised in Port Hastings on the island of Cape Breton. He began stepdancing at age 14 and soon found himself dancing in the summer Scottish concert circuit in Cape Breton and various parts of the Maritimes. Besides being an accomplished dancer, Harvey is also in great demand as a step-dance instructor and has performed and taught in many parts of Canada, the US, and Europe. In the states, he has held workshops in many places including Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon School of Scottish Fiddling; Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington; the National Folk Festival; and at the Washington Irish Festival. Overseas, Harvey has danced in Ireland at the University College Cork and for Irish Television in Dublin. In the 1990s, he was a regular dance instructor at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, a Gaelic College in Skye, Scotland. He has been a featured performer and instructor at Ceòlas, a Gaelic language, music, and dance summer school in South Uist.  Closer to home, and in recent years, Harvey has taught step dancing in Cape Breton at Colaisde na Gàidhlig and Melody Cameron’s School of Dancing.

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