The MacArthur Dancers are a troupe of professional dancers from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. They are directed by Champion Highland Dancer and veteran Step Dancer, Kelly MacArthur. Kelly grew up immersed in the Gaelic culture of Cape Breton Island, and studied many of the Gaelic disciplines, including the language, music and dance.
The troupe consists of Premier level Highland Dancers and award winning Step Dancers, who have performed all over Canada, the United States and Scotland, with nearly every Celtic musician and band from the East Coast of Canada and beyond. These dancers have won hundreds of Championship and runner-up titles – including Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canadian Champion – as well as Runner-Up titles at the Canadian, North American, Commonwealth and Scottish Championships, and more!
The MacArthur Dancers are known for their award winning creative stage Choreography, as well as their Traditional Celtic Dance performances. In 2017 and 2019, they won the Canadian Choreography Challenge Title at the Canadian Championships Series, for their unique and creative pieces. The dancers are trained in Scottish Highland Dance, Cape Breton Step Dance, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary and Modern styles. This helps to enhance their stage and performance skills, and bring Choreography to life on stage.
Whether it be a local charity, International Festival, or a professional stage show, these dancers perform at over 100 events each year. Cape Breton Island is known for its living Gaelic/Scottish culture, and this group has been continuing this passion through a shared love of dance, expressed through instruction and performance. They will continue to pass this along through many generations to come.