Ottawa Valley Stepdancing is a lively and entertaining regional form of dance, inspired by Irish Dance, which first began in the early 1900's and continues today thanks to schools across Ontario. It is traditionally danced to fiddle music which is also a very significant part of our rich Canadian heritage. Students are taught with their personal goals in mind, whether they are just learning for fun, to perform or to compete. Chad's students have won national titles and have entertained alongside some of today's headlining Celtic acts.
Chad's fiddle & stepdance lessons are offered in person at his school in Manotick, or online.
Chad Wolfe is a Canadian open stepdance champion and award winning fiddler who has performed across Canada and abroad. He was a principal dancer in the Mirvish production, The Needfire, and toured with, Memories of a Don Messer Jubilee. He has performed with Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, Ashley MacIsaac, and The Great Canadian Fiddle Show.
Chad has dedicated his career to preserving these time-honoured Canadian traditions not only through performing, but also teaching. The Chad Wolfe Studio of Fiddle & Stepdance has been in operation since 1996. He has also taught at fiddle camps and workshops from Halifax to Yellowknife.
Fiddle & Stepdance competitions were a major part of Chad's development as a musician and dancer. He encourages all students and fans to attend these events to keep this important part of our Canadian culture alive. You will still find Chad at many contests through out the summer, either judging, or jamming in the fiddle parks.
Chad joins these Ottawa Valley Stepdancers from the competitions of the 70s & 80s who show they've still got it!
Chad's fiddle & stepdance lessons are offered Monday-Friday 1-7:30pm, either in person, or online.
The lesson season is divided into 3 terms: Sept-Dec, Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun.
Fees are charged per term (not per class), though monthly payments are accepted by post-dated cheque or monthly e-transfers.
Breakdown of fees per class:
Group 4+ (45min): $13.50ea
One makeup lesson is offered at the end of each term for any missed classes.
Offered on Tuesdays & Wednesdays through the summer. 2-6pm.
Refer to Pay-As-You-Go Private Lessons to book these classes.
Enjoy the flexibility of booking a class up to an hour before. Need to reschedule? No problem! Just log in to your account to make changes or book more classes.
$26.25 per 30min Lesson.
To schedule lessons and for information about purchasing dance shoes or purchasing/renting fiddles and other recommended equipment, please contact the studio.
Each year, Chad's fiddle & stepdance students have the opportunity to perform in a Celtic Christmas show for residents of a retirement community in Ottawa, and our June Recital which showcases students' accomplishments over the season of lessons. Watch for us at local charity and community events during the year as well!
NOW AVAILABLE! This toe-tappin' collection of Celtic & Canadian tunes celebrates Ottawa Valley stepdance music and is for all you fiddle fans out there! The crowd pleasing clog-jig-reel is the standard Ottawa Valley dance set, and these are some of Chad's favourite tunes he's picked up over the years while fiddlin' and steppin' along his own yellow brick road.
This ambitious album contains 20 tracks, 60 tunes, & over 1 hour of music!
Click the video link for a fun little sample of the music, including an English lesson about: CLOGS & JIGS & REELS ...OH MY!
For full track samples visit: www.chadwolfe.bandcamp.com/releases
"Chad Wolfe's new album is a modern twist on the Old Time Canadian Fiddle style. With a clean virtuosic performance, the arrangements are sophisticated and smooth. A brilliant album by one of Canada's finest and kindest fiddlers and stepdancers."
- Celina Marie DiCecca (creator of the Great Canadian Fiddle Show and Toronto Fiddle Collective)
"A wonderful collection of traditional and contemporary tunes, all played with such great feel and danceability, which is increasingly rare to hear in new recordings being released. The tunes are tastefully arranged into medleys that are innovative while still maintaining their deep roots in the Ottawa Valley. My favourite part of the album is the ongoing interplay between fiddle and piano—a signature sound of the Canadian tradition, executed masterfully by Chad Wolfe and Mark Allen."
- Kyle Burghout, North American Irish Fiddle Champion
Chad's new recording, "Clogs & Jigs & Reels ...Oh My!" is designed to guide stepdancers of all levels down their own yellow brick roads. It contains 60 tunes, including exciting new pieces, and breathes new life into some old favourites. The tracks are organized for dancers to easily navigate through the variety of tempos of clogs, jigs, reels, and medleys. In addition, each of the 28 tracks also have up to 6 digitally rendered tempos that are on an accompanying Flash Drive (194 tracks in all to practice or perform with)!
The slower tempos are also perfect for fiddlers to learn these great tunes!
Both the CD/Flash Drive and Digital Versions are now available.
Click on the video link for a sample of the music.
Summer Lessons are being offered most Tuesdays & Wednesdays from June 29th to September 1st. 2-6pm. Enjoy the flexibility of booking a class up to an hour before. Need to reschedule? No problem! Just log in to your account to make changes or book more classes.