Lady Bruce is a percussive dancer, teacher, choreographer and musician from Callander, Ontario.
In 1999, Ariel began studying Ottawa Valley stepdance with Chad Wolfe of North Bay, Ontario. She excelled quickly under Wolfe's tutelage and began dancing competitively within the first year of her studies. Throughout her competitive career, Ariel distinguished herself as one of the youngest Canadian champions to ever emerge, winning top honours from the age of 13 until her retirement, including several years as the Ontario Open Champion, as well as winning the prestigious Pembroke Open Stepdance Championship.
Since turning professional at the age of 14, she has performed at many of Ontario's major folk festivals. Ariel has been a guest performer at theatres and venues across the province with artists such as Everything Fitz, Shane Cook, Ashley MacIsaac, Yves Lambert and Brian Hebert.
After retiring from competition, Ariel began exploring tap dance, learning how to improvise and expand her rhythmic vocabulary. Two years later, she began experimenting with her own unique fusion style, which incorporated elements of Ottawa Valley step dance, tap dance and world percussion, which she then showcased at festivals including Summerfolk Music Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario and Celtic Colours on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
In 2013 and 2014, she traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to work with Raquy Danziger on a project which adapted Turkish rhythms for the percussive dance medium. Ariel began studying darbuka under Raquy at the same time. She received full funding for this project from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Ariel continues to strive for development as an artist, seeking new ways to delve further into the rhythmic aspect of percussive dance.