five members of the StepCrew sitting on stage in chairs - one of them is playing a fiddle

The StepCrew

March 3, 2024 | Yardley Hall

Past Event

The StepCrew is a dynamic dance production combining three styles of percussive dance — Irish, Tap, and Ottawa Valley — in a fully realized theatrical setting. As a member of the audience, you’re sure to be on your feet!

This amazing company is led by Cara Butler and Pilatzke brothers, Jon and Nathan. Butler is best known as The Chieftains’ top Irish dancer for the last three decades, while the Pilatzkes are undoubtedly Canada’s leading and most exciting Ottawa Valley Step dancers. Accompanied by some of the most virtuosic musicians from the Celtic, traditional and rock genres, The StepCrew achieves the ultimate balance of respecting traditional forms of dance while creating exciting modern fusions never seen or heard before.

The show takes audiences on a journey through varying arrays of textures – high energy dance, haunting vocals, groovy music and many moments of unique dance display involving everything from complicated choreography to comical usage of props.

The StepCrew was designed to boast not only the complex displays of grandiose staging and musicality, but also the pure talents of solo performers with nothing more than their feet, instruments and voices to reach their audience. There can be an aura of competition between the dancers – times when they are trying to outdo the other – but the overall concept of The StepCrew is one of unity.

Three styles of percussive dance come together to produce one unique amalgamation which encompasses the characteristics of all three forms. Two of the dancers are also nationally acclaimed fiddlers. While the beautiful vocals maintain a Celtic voice element, they also provide a wonderful and dramatic contrast to the rhythmic pulse of the show.

Performance highlights are grounded and connected by one of the top musical ensembles in today’s professional circuit, offering up original musical arrangements in everything from the bluesy origins of tap dancing to traditional Irish and Scottish music, to modern day Celtic fusion. There is something for every enthusiast in The StepCrew.

A partnership with Folk Alliance International.