Categories Archives: Dance

Whether it’s a dance band or a ballroom orchestra you require, Walt Music can meet your needs! Dances with live music are becoming increasingly popular at weddings and corporate events, and we can work with you on repertoire – classic tunes from the 50’s and 60’s, top 40, the sound of big band, or Strauss waltzes played by a salon orchestra. Our dance bands normally start with a four-piece combo, and can go right on up to a full symphony orchestra – anything can be put together for your event, including your favorite special songs. Good Celtic bands are also a great source of music for dance events.

We can also provide professional ballroom dancers for demonstration or on-site instruction. And Nova Scotia is also famous for its square and round dance players and callers, for a truly memorable “down-home” feel.

Ryan Eavis

Ryan Eavis originally hails from Cape Breton, NS, and is a guitar/banjo player and vocalist in the styles of blues, rock, metal, bluegrass, folk, swing jazz and western swing. Ryan studied at South Plains College in Texas, where his focus was in bluegrass, rock, blues and contemporary music, and where he performed in numerous shows, festivals and recitals. (more…)

      Doris Mason

      Doris Mason

      This Pictou County native is a well known performer on the East Coast music scene, and has successfully juggled a busy solo career, work as Musical Director for the hit touring show “DRUM!”, and starred in Denny Doherty’s “Dream a Little Dream”- the nearly true story of the Mamas and Papas.

      Doris grew up in a big musical family and was playing piano before her feet could touch the pedals. She wrote her first song at seven . Her training with the Royal Conservatory of Music garnered her many awards in Music Festivals in New Glasgow and Halifax. She formed a Pop/Jazz band and recorded a self-titled album “The Mason Chapman Band”. “Photograph” is her solo CD which garnered Doris an ECMA nomination. She was MD and Co-Producer of the Dutch Mason Blues Bash CD and Concert, honouring the “Prime Minister of the Blues” 60th Birthday. Ms. Mason has been a featured Artist with Symphony Nova Scotia as part of their Pops Concert Series along with singer/songwriters Ron Hynes, Terry Kelly, Gordie Sampson and Ian Janes. She paid tribute to Dutchy, Denny and John Allan Cameron on the 2008 ECMAs with J.P. Cormier, Charlie Acourt , George Canyon, Gordie and Shea. (more…)

          Nadia Moore

          Nadia Moore

          Nadia, an international performer previously based in the Philippines, now lends her unique character to the North American scene.  From a career that started at the age of fourteen, Nadia has developed into what she is today…..a well-seasoned professional.  She has performed in a variety of Asian hot spots. Her resume includes a five-year singing engagement with the Royal Family of Brunei.

          Until leaving the Philippines, Nadia was performing lead female vocals for the legendary band “Hotdog”.  Their performances include a United States tour in 2002 as well as a Canadian tour in 2004.  Nadia has appeared on television in many occasions both in North America and Asia.  She also performed back-up vocals with Gary Beals, of Canadian Idol fame.  Nadia was the female lead singer for “Cool Buzz Jazz Band” while living in Beijing, China from 2005 to 2008, and was voted NSCC College Idol (2nd place winner) for two consecutive years (2009 and 2010).

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              Daniel Matto

              Daniel began his musical training as a trombone player in his hometown of Adelaide, South Australia. For seven years, he performed and toured throughout Australia, Sweden and Finland in big bands and other ensembles. Daniel then realized his true musical passion was singing and went on to study voice at the Australian Conservatory of Music in Sydney.

              As a jazz vocalist, Daniel had the opportunity to perform and mentor with some of Australia’s top jazz musicians including Joy Yates, Catie Halliday, Dave MacRae and Adrian Whitehead before embarking on his solo career. He then showcased his unique brand of swinging entertainment throughout Australia and New Zealand, receiving stunning reviews at numerous world-class events including the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the Manly Jazz Festival and the Tarunga Jazz Festival, being dubbed “Adelaide’s very own Frank Sinatra…a promising young crooner” (The Adelaide Advertiser, 2001). Daniel has also had the honour of performing for the Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark at the 2005 Red Cross Royal Performance Gala. (more…)

                  Mike Cowie

                  Mike Cowie is a trumpet player, singer and songwriter in a funk/jazz/blues style.

                  After the success of his Big Night Out CD, which brought Mike’s original jazz/funk based music to audiences in Canada and Europe. Mike has followed up with the release of his latest CD Lucid Blue. A stunning fusion of Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way period with hip-hop beats and electronica. Ten new Mike Cowie originals, combine computer/DJ soundscapes with his stunning trumpet tone. The funky beats, beautiful melodies and sophisticated chord progressions create a sound that is new, fresh and timeless. (more…)

                      Asia and Nu Gruv

                      Hot Gruvs, high energy and a lead singer whose dynamic vocals and soulful, passionate style has the audience dancing in the aisles make Asia and Nu Gruv the freshest R & B dance machine this side of the Big Smoke. If Asia and Nu Gruv don’t make you get up and shake everything you’ve got – it’s time to check your pulse!

                      A multi talented Halifax-based music ensemble that weaves old school rhythm and blues, soul and funk with contemporary urban rhymes and beats, Nu Gruv draws on influences from Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys, Jocelyn Brown, Curtis Mayfield and many others, as the band and lead singer Asia weave an unrivaled environment of dance inducing sound. (more…)

                          Latin Groove

                          Latin Groove is one of Halifax’s hottest dance bands. It is a salsa band that grew out of the cultural exchange between musicians in Cuba and Nova Scotia called Los Primos. Many music students have toured Cuba with Los Primos and have learned to play this infectious music from the best salsa musicians in the world. Los Primos graduates and professional musicians from Halifax work together to bring the sounds of Cuba to dance events in Nova Scotia all year round.

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                              The Classics

                              For over two decades, The Classics have been one of the most popular dance bands in Halifax, entertaining audiences at corporate events, conventions, weddings and private functions. The seven-member band features six vocalists, horns and a dynamic rhythm section. From the soulful sounds of Motown and classic R&B, to the hottest dance hits of the disco era, The Classics perform the timeless dance music of the ’60s and ’70s that gets people on their feet and on the dance floor all night long.

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                                  The Tom Collins Band

                                  Dance glam. The Tom Collins Band. Yes.

                                  Looking for dance glam, party grooves? The Tom Collins Band is the band for you! Bringing style and swagger to a glossy mix of current pop, classic disco, and variety dance, The Tom Collins Band excels at delivering a shimmering hot night of glitz and groove on the dance floor.

                                  Inspired by the soaring vocals that dominated Studio 54, lead vocalist Carol Ritchie draws on the female icons that owned the disco world and deeply influenced the dance music of today. With a swish of taffeta and tuxedos, this top-notch six-piece band lays down a driving groove, spectacular melodies and a fantastic, fun set list for an unforgettable night, leaving audiences invigorated and entertained. (more…)