A Change of Step
Change of Step Highland Dance Company was formed in Autumn 2014 with a shared mission to showcase the beauty and strength of world-class highland dancing in a unique, contemporary way. The six founding members were brought together through the initiative of five-time World Champion Marielle Lespérance. Many of the dancers have known each other since childhood, competed against each other, performed with one another, and worked side by side in dance studios together, forming strong friendships along the way. They come from different places in Ontario and Nova Scotia, have been trained by different teachers, and each have a unique dance story, but all share a deep passion for highland dance. Change of Step’s dancers are all highly accomplished. In competition, they have won numerous regional, provincial, national, and international championship titles. They also have performed internationally: having delighted audiences at Parliament Hill on Canada Day, in the Vancouver Olympics, at the Dollywood Festival of Nations in Tennessee, in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and in the finals of So You Think You Can Dance Canada.... among countless other performances in venues big and small. Change of Step, performs rhythmic, intricate choreography that is grounded in a deep appreciation for traditional music, and showcases the strength and grace of modern highland dancing (with some step dancing added for good measure).