Raised in Whycocomagh, Inverness County, Stephanie MacDonald has been playing the fiddle and step dancing since the age of five. She attended classes at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College and took fiddle lessons from many accomplished Cape Breton fiddlers. She has family connections with the Barra MacNeils, fiddlers Carl and Hector MacKenzie, and Gaelic singer and storyteller the late Max MacNeil. Stephanie plays for square dances, concerts, ceilidhs, community events, and also conducts fiddle, step dance, and square dance workshops. She is a highly-regarded step dancer, following in the Cape Breton tradition. Stephanie is a long-time member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association and currently is on the Board of Directors. She has performed with the Fiddlers in Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Boston, and Scotland. Stephanie teaches high school music, chemistry, and math at Dalbrae Academy in Mabou.