Sophie Stephenson

Sophie Stephenson is a traditional musician and step dancer from Fort Augustus, in the Scottish Highlands. Introduced to step dance by Harvey Beaton at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye, Sophie continued to build on her repertoire of steps, learning from dancers including Donal Brown, Frank McConnell, Deirdre Graham, Jane MacNeil and Margie Beaton.

Stemming from an upbringing in Highland culture, Sophie has a passion for traditional music and dance which she has pursued through academic study.

Sophie is dedicated to promoting and passing on the tradition of step dance and set up Sophabulous Steps to teach step dance whilst living on Isle of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland where she studied traditional music at Colaiste Bheinn na Faoghla. Since then Sophie has collaborated on a number of projects which have led her to teach and perform throughout Scotland and internationally at camps and festivals including Celtic Connections (Glasgow); Ceòlas (South Uist); Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (Isle of Skye), Belladrum Festival (Inverness); Blas Festival (Scotland); Best of the West Festival (Inveraray); TradFest (Edinburgh); The Fringe (Edinburgh); Womad (England); Champlain Valley Percussive Dance (Burlington, Vermont); Rollobay Fiddle Festival (Prince Edward Island, Canada); P.E.I Fiddle Camp (Charlottetown, Canada); Re-Jigged Festival (Nova Scotia, Canada) and UKM Arctic Art Impulse (Troms, Norway).

Sophie is currently involved in various creative projects including THREADS, TradBeats and Huradal and is also a regular tutor with Fèisean nan GÀidheal.

Sophie Stephenson