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..



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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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