MACLEOD DANCE STUDIO
The award-winning trio, NUA, performs live in Sault Ste. Marie this Nov. 25 at the Moose Family Lodge. NUA is traveling from Toronto at the behest of Catherine MacLeod, owner of the MacLeod Highland Dance Studio. MacLeod recently had the opportunity to see NUA perform in southern Ontario, and felt they would be a great treat for Saultites, especially those who recently enjoyed the Celtic weekend performances during the Algoma Fall Festival. Based in Toronto, NUA consists of three award-winning members: fiddle player James Law, guitarist Graeme McGillivray and bodhran player Jacob McCauley. “They bring a fresh and unique sound to traditional music, creating their own distinctive original compositions, balanced with traditional and contemporary tunes drawn from Irish and Scottish traditions” (NUA website). The NUA performance will also serve as a high-energy fundraising event for the MacLeod Highland Dance Studio (MHDS).
The MHDS dancers are fresh off a fantastic trip to Scotland this past July, and are fundraising to run their annual Lock City International Highland Dance Competition in April, and are in the early stages of planning to attend the International Highland Dance Gathering at Disney World, Florida in the fall of 2018!
The importance of offering a local competition like Lock City International helps MHDS dancers gain the experience of competition. The weekend event also welcomes dancers from across Michigan and Ontario to experience our hospitality in the north, said MacLeod. And, with plans to travel to Florida next fall for the relatively new Highland Gathering event, fundraising is again a priority this season.
Please join us to experience NUA live in concert Nov. 25. Tickets ($25) are available at Thomas Walls School of Music or by calling Catherine at 705-255-0139. The concert will also include two choreographed dances by the MacLeod Highland Dancers, as well as a fun (bag)piping contest for local pipers!