OUR STORY

Change of Step first came together in autumn 2014 with the objective to showcase the beauty of Scottish highland dancing for a wide audience. 

Our six founding members were brought together through the initiative of four-time World Champion Marielle Lespérance. Many of our members have known each other since childhood; over the years, we competed against each other, performed with one another, and worked side by side in dance studios together, forming strong friendships along the way. We come from different places in Ontario and Nova Scotia, have been trained by different teachers, and each have a unique dance story, but we share a deep passion for highland dance.

We are all highly accomplished dancers. In competition, our members have won numerous regional, provincial, national, and international championship titles. We also have extensive international performance experience: we have 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.

As Change of Step, we perform 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!). We are dedicated to collaborating with other artists to develop innovative and memorable performances that inspire youth and adults alike to be proud of their cultural heritage.

Our mission is to put world-class highland dancing in the spotlight!

 Posing together after Glengarry Highland Games performance, July 2015

Posing together after Glengarry Highland Games performance, July 2015

 

FOUNDING MEMBERS

Kayleigh Jean (Macdonald) Armstrong

Holly Arsenault

Janine Lespérance

Marielle Lespérance

Jenny (Cluett) MacKenzie

Chantal Watt

 
 Marielle and Chantal at the World Championships, 2014

Marielle and Chantal at the World Championships, 2014