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Pembroke youth one of the best in Canada

By Christina Van Starkenburg

Emma March shows off some of her fiddling skills. Having recently won second place at the Canadian open fiddle championship in the 18 and under category, she will be one of the contestants in this year's Pembroke Old Time Fiddle and Step Dancing Championships. For more community photos please visit our website photo gallery at www.thedailyobserver.ca.

Emma March shows off some of her fiddling skills. Having recently won second place at the Canadian open fiddle championship in the 18 and under category, she will be one of the contestants in this year's Pembroke Old Time Fiddle and Step Dancing Championships. For more community photos please visit our website photo gallery at www.thedailyobserver.ca.

Emma March, one of the area's many young, talented fiddlers and stepdancers, was getting her practice in leading up to this year's Fiddle Park. Earlier this month the 15-year-old entered into the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship in Shelburne where she placed second in the 18 and under category.

 

March has been playing and dancing since she was six. She began to learn to play the fiddle and how to stepdance after making a deal with her parents about getting a camping trailer.

“We used to walk down to fiddle park and I always wanted one of the trailers. So my mom said 'if you get good at fiddling and stepdancing, then we'll buy one',” said March.

She has been fiddling and stepdancing ever since, regularly taking home trophies for her efforts. Her parents however have been rather sluggish on their end of the deal. The closest they've come to getting a trailer was looking at one several years ago.

“We still don't have a trailer, but I started fiddling and stepdancing and I was pretty serious about it,” said March.

While March enjoys both fiddling and stepdancing in her own time, when it comes to competitions she would rather be playing the fiddle.

“Whenever you dance it's all just muscle memory. You can't think; you just have to smile and hope you remember everything. But with fiddle you can actually memorize what your doing and you know what you're doing. You're just a lot more certain when you go up there,” explained March.

March admitted, however, that her preference can change depending on how well she has been performing in the shows.

While her parents have yet to buy that camping trailer, that deal introduced March to two of her passions.

Her mother, Mary Fraser, smiled and said it was a good thing that she and her husband also enjoy fiddle music because their house is almost constantly filled with it. Almost right on cue March, who had walked out of the room, started to play the fiddle as she went to put it away.

Christina Van Starkenburg is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist.

c.vanstarkenburg@sunmedia.ca 


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