Gilles Roy-Step Dancer Extraordinare




Yesterday I wrote about buying a picture from fiddler and step dancer Alf Hamilton and Debbie Roy very kindly sent me this great information.

Gilles Roy

From 1963 to 1966, world renowned stepdancer, Gilles Roy, travelled extensively throughout Quebec, Cape Breton, Gaspe and Ireland to hear the music and see the stepdancing styles of these regions.  When Gilles would return home after one of his trips, he would work for hours in the basement of his parent’s farmhouse, dancing on a sheet of plywood and dodging the large wooden beams of the basement ceiling.

 His style of stepdancing is a very unique blend of French-Canadian and Celtic stepdance styles with a little hint of the Irish influence to which he adds his own technique and rhythm.

* 3-time International stepdance champion *

* Inducted into Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame – Oct. 1, 2000 *

* “Dubbed” as “Ambassador of Traditional Canadian Stepdancing” by Canadian External Affairs – 1976 *


International Tours – Germany, Greece, Turkey, France, Italy, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Venezuela, England, Cyprus with Tommy Hunter, Gordie Tapp, Graham Townsend, Carol Kennedy and Al Cherny.

Canadian Tours –  with Don Messer (9), Tommy Hunter, Faron Young, Les Danceurs Quebecois, Mac Wiseman, Grampa Jones, Ward Allan, Graham Townsend, Jean Carignan, and Philippe Bruneau

American Tours – Vermont, Massachusetts, Georgia, Washington D.C., Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Montana, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maine

T.V. Shows – Juliet, Don Messer (14), Tommy Hunter (7), Country Hoedown, John Allan Cameron, Hee Haw (3), Sing Along Jubilee, Du Cote de Quebec, Good Morning America, CMT

Other Entertainers Gilles has worked with – Jean Carignan, Philippe Bruneau, Edith Butler, Winston (Scotty) Fitzgerald, Wilf Carter, Tex Ritter, Sylvia Tyson, Anne Murray, Jeanne d’Arc Charlebois

Stepdance Instructor for “Leahy” and “The Stepping Ambassadors


Related reading

He was a Step Dancing Legend from Up da Line..



About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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