As I am sitting outside in the beautiful sunny town of Malibu, CA (on tour with the incredibly talented band Cherish the Ladies), I thought it would be a good time to post another update!
Had a wonderful Winter teaching term back in Peterborough, ON! Classes will start again in mid-April. Please email if you are interested in in-person or Skype lessons.
Online Instructional Step Dance Videos:
New dance videos will be coming out this Spring… you can check out current videos here. I take requests! If there’s a new reel or clog or jig with a specific experience level you’d like to see available, please email me and I will consider these as I am making the next few videos.
The most recent routine available on my instructional site is called "The Famous Four". The routine is a short 4-step reel routine made of up the 4 most popular steps in the Ontario step dance scene today. These are must-have steps to add to your growing dance repertoire! To check out the step dance tutorial videos I have available, please go here: http://juliefitzgerald.ca/online-step-dance-lessons/
There are lots of chances to see some Ottawa-Valley step dancing & fiddling in a live performance setting this coming Spring/Summer! See below for all the upcoming tours I will be part of:
Going backwards starting with Fall season! I have started up Fall classes for step dancing, fiddling, and piano accompaniment. If you would like more info on classes, please contact me here
The second part of summer was a fun one! I had the most amazing opportunity to be a guest step dancer with the incredible band We Banjo 3. The group is from Ireland and performed at the Milwaukee Irish Fest this August. WOW what a blast that was! Here's a clip from "Pressed for Time" number featuring Fergal Scahill, David Howley on bodhran vs step dancing!
I was also very excited to be asked to be a step/fiddle/piano instructor at the Algoma Trad Music Camp, held in Richards Landing, ONT.
'Famous Four' Steps Now Available! This new routine available on my instructional site is called "The Famous Four". The routine is a short 4-step reel routine made of up the 4 most popular steps in the Ontario step dance scene today. I learned these steps as a kid while watching all the 'grown-up' step dancers at the fiddle park jam sessions. These steps are passed along to each generation through dance jam sessions, at fiddle/music camps, and now through the online world to you! These are must-have steps to add to your growing dance repertoire! http://juliefitzgerald.ca/video-lessons/#all
Dance Off - Pictou Lobster Carnival (Kerry & Julie Fitzgerald
So far up in the 'great white north' of Canada we have been having lots of chilly days … the perfect time to be indoors making up dance steps! New for the year 2015 is theIntermediate Reel #2, now available from my online dance section of my website. To see all of the routines available to learn, click here to view: http://juliefitzgerald.ca/online-step-dance-lessons/. You have unlimited access to the streamed videos. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you have about step dancing!
Now it is time to have some fun in the sun on a Florida tour with the dance/fiddle production The StepCrew … we will be performing in Florida in the next few weeks. You can see a complete list of dates here.
Here is a clip from a recent StepCrew show called "Chair Dance". This show is a lot of fun… don't miss out!
Check out Julie's Online Lessons section of this site to view all of the different step dance routines available for you to learn from home! The most recent addition to the repertoire is her very first Jig Routine (Beginner Jig #1)! To see all of the routines available to learn, click here to view: http://juliefitzgerald.ca/online-step-dance-lessons/.
There is also a section dedicated to FAQ's to answer any questions you have regarding how the videos work. There are also free practice tracks available for you to use!
As well, new Tour Dates have been added for November/December 2014 and early 2015.
Two of my siblings (Kerry & Tom), and I (who are all members of Everything Fitz) are VERY excited to have the opportunity to return to Smithers BC! This time we will be 'out west' not to perform, but to be step dance instructors at the Smithers Fiddle Camp! This is our first time at this camp and we are looking forward to seeing all the wonderful Smithers folks again! Please contact me if you would like more information about this camp (there is also lots of info on the poster below). Date: August 26-29, 2014
Other instructors include Gordon Stobbe, Anne Lindsay, and James Stephens.
Thank you to everyone who voted for Julie in the CBC Searchlight contest. Unfortunately she did not make it to the National Finals round. However, making the Top 10 artists for the Ottawa region was quite an accomplishment, thanks to your help with voting!
Now … after months of planning and perfecting her site, Julie now has Online Step Dance Lessons available!! These lessons are designed for all ages and all levels of dancers. Please check out this new & fun way to learn Ottawa Valley Step Dancing!! This is the 1st web site EVER that offers Online Ottawa Valley Step Dancing Lessons!! Check it out!
You can view the online lesson options under the "Lessons Page" right here on Julie's website. More routines will be added throughout the year. Please contact Julie if you have any questions about what you see on her online lessons page. Most of all, enjoy and have fun learning this excellent step dance style!
UPDATE: I HAVE MADE IT TO THE SEMI-FINALS of the CBC SEARCHLIGHT CONTEST!!!! No too many exclamation marks can describe how excited and thrilled I am to have made it this far (thanks to all the fans and supporters who submitted votes)
I am now in the top 25 artists from my region (Ottawa). The next round of voting only lasts 1 week starting today where the top 10 make it on. (ENDING APRIL 13th ... only 3 days left!)
Please help my group & I to reach the next stage of the contest! Voting works the same way as last time: Click on the link to my CBC artist page: http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Julie-Fitzgerald scroll down and click on the “Vote for Artist” button.
IF you end up at music.cbc.ca you can get to the voting page by simply clicking on the yellow Searchlight banner, and you can find my name under the 'Ottawa' regional tab and vote from there.
To those who have supported my music: Your support has got me this far and I can't thank you enough. Please continue to share this link often … the more views the better!
VOTE NOW for Julie Fitzgerald in CBC Searchlight Contest!
Please vote for Julie and her band (Tom Fitzgerald, Kerry Fitzgerald, Nate D
Vote every day from now until April 6th. One vote per person per day is allowed. Voting is simple (thank goodness!). Click on this link http://music.cbc.ca/artists/Julie-Fitzgerald (or copy & paste it to a new tab). This is Julie's artist page. Scroll down & click on the “Vote for this Artist” button. Button turns green and you’re done! Repeat each day. Please share this with as many people as you wish!