Suzanne Boland & Les Compagnons Step Dancers and Fiddlin Country
Suzanne Boland has been a regular participant in the Powassan Maple Syrup Festival for the past 20 years. She started off as a student and then quickly became an instructor with Chad’s School of Fiddle and Stepdance. Suzanne, her daughters and her students performed with Chad Wolfe at Maplefest during the 1990s and 2000s.
She and her daughters competed all over Ontario and performed for many years in such illustrious venues as the Louisburg Playhouse in Nova Scotia. They also toured with Kaboom; Chad’s Wolfe’s performance group. When Chad moved to Ottawa, Suzanne went on to teach stepdancing at the French Community Centre, Les Compagnons des francs loisirs. She and her students have been regulars at the festival ever since.
Suzanne’s students enjoy performing for community events and fundraisers. They regularly perform at the Powassan Maple Syrup Festival, Callander Legion, Lion’s Club Christmas Telethon, Easthome in Powassan, Le Carnaval des Compagnons, Eve-olution, … as well as several other fairs and festivals.
Her students’ accomplishments include Junior Champions of the Does Northern Ontario Have Talent 2008 competition. They have won countless WOW Awards at the Thunderbird Dance Competitions, the Sturgeon Falls Fiddle and Stepdance Competition, North Bay a du talent, as well as Awards of Distinction at the View Dance Competition and Kiwanis Festivals in North Bay and Sudbury.
Suzanne choreographs high energy dances for her students in her own original and unique style. Their performance contains added theatrical and historical elements. Their style is a mix of traditional Irish and French Canadian stepdancing infused with a contemporary twist.
Stepdancing is as much a part of our Canadian heritage and traditions as is maple syrup. Coming from a long line of stepdancers and musicians, stepdancing for Suzanne isn’t just a passion; it’s in her blood!
Back up music provided by Fiddle 'N' Country -
The "Fiddle N’ Country" band is a country music group featuring a mixture of country songs and instrumentals tunes.
Band members include: Phil Gauthier Fiddle / Raymond Contant Guitar Picking, Rhythm Guitar / Barbara Dawn Gibbings Keyboard /Norm Beaton Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Bass