Tracey Bailey

Cape Breton

Tracey Bailey grew up with deep roots on Cape Breton Island. She comes from a family of well-known musicians including her mother, Brenda Stubbert, and grandfather, Robert Stubbert, and many aunts and uncles who played fiddle and danced as well. She started step dancing at a very young age and was taught by Jean MacNeil, mother of the Barra MacNeils, and grew up learning from other dancers. This allowed Tracey to develop her own unique style that is still deeply-rooted in the Cape Breton tradition. She taught step dance in many parts of Scotland with her mom, toured with singer-songwriter Wally MacAulay, and also taught children in schools and at home when she had the time. Tracey has danced on many stages across Cape Breton in dance halls, at concerts, on cruise ships, and in Celtic Colours concerts. She still enjoys dancing and being the mother of two, who she hopes will follow in their mother’s Cape Breton Foot-steps.

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