Julie Fitzgerald (www.juliefitzgerald.ca) is an accomplished fiddle player and step dancer from Bancroft, Ontario. She is a 2-Time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, as well as 2-Time Open Step Dance Champion. Since her early days of old-time fiddle, she has diversified and become an accomplished fiddle player of many styles. She is a member of the family group “Everything Fitz: The Fitzgerald Family”. (www.everythingfitz.ca)
Julie has been in high demand for both her fiddling and dancing as a performer in various groups across North America. She has had the opportunity to perform internationally with many of her lifelong musical ‘idols’ including Leahy, Natalie MacMaster, members of Stepcrew & Bowfire, Troy MacGillivray and Wayne Rostad. While touring with The StepCrew, Julie has also had the opportunity to share the stage with Sharon Shannon, We Banjo 3, Carlos Nunez, Solas, and Eileen Ivers.
Julie recently graduated from the Bachelor of Music program at Humber College (Toronto). Julie’s love of passing on the Canadian traditional music and dance led to the creation of her first (and certainly not the last!) instructional step dance DVD. Whenever she is taking a break from touring, Julie teaches private dance and fiddle lessons to students in the Peterborough area. She also enjoys teaching at music camps, including the Leahy Music Camp (Lakefield, ON). Because of her experience as a touring musician, she realizes how many people across North America are introduced to, and interested in learning more, about Canadian step dancing. In response to this observation, she is now offering online step dance instruction directly off of her website!
Julie’s innovation and passion for performing and teaching Canadian step dancing and fiddling will keep your toes tapping, your brain working, and keep you smiling!