133 Elizabeth MacDonald

Elizabeth MacDonald photo Aug 2014

Elizabeth MacDonald

Photo Credit: Mr. John Weston

Elizabeth MacDonald is credited with introducing traditional Irish set and Sean-Nós step dance to Nova Scotia.

A professional Highland dancer, Elizabeth first discovered traditional Irish dance while living in Toronto in the late 1980s.

Upon moving back to Nova Scotia, she established the Scaip na Cleití dance group in Halifax, which she has led for nearly 20 years.

While living in Europe from 2003 – 2007, Elizabeth also taught the Brussels set dancers and instructed at events throughout Belgium and Northern France.

A highly regarded workshop leader and dance caller, Elizabeth has taught at festivals and dance camps throughout Eastern Canada.

Elizabeth’s contribution to the promotion and preservation of Irish culture in Canada was recognized by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann with her Induction into the Canadian Eastern Region Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

Elizabeth is currently president of An Cumann: The Irish Association of Nova Scotia and serves on the executive of the Charitable Irish Society of Halifax.

When not dancing or teaching others to dance, Elizabeth runs her own writing and editorial services firm, Acappella Communications Inc.

Elizabeth’s Great great-grandparents Brian and Bridget McKeever emigrated to Saint John, NB from Limavady, Co Derry. It is believed the McKeevers arrived in Canada somewhere between 1854 and 1860.

Their descendants married into the Irish communities in Saint John and later, in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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