We are pleased to announce the instructors for the EHDA Marvelous March Workshop. Schedules and more information to follow.

Eleanor Belton

Eleanor is owner and Artistic Director of Aspects of Dance in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, she is a member of the World Wide Judging Panel of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing, a Fellow and Examiner with the British Association Teachers of Dancing, she has travelled throughout Canada the United States and Scotland adjudicating and teaching workshops.

Eleanor had a successful competitive dancing career when she lived in Glasgow, Scotland before immigrating to Canada in 1979.  Many of her highland students have travelled throughout Canada, Scotland and the United States winning many awards and Championships.  Some of her students have gone onto Professional careers with the National Ballet School of Canada, the San Francisco Ballet, Disney, Carnival Cruise Lines and Mirvish Theatrical Productions in Toronto.

Jacques Bourgouin

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Jacques did most of his dance training with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School where he graduated from their Professional Division Program in 1988. He went on to tour with the company in the production of “The Nutcracker“ which toured across Canada and “Romeo and Juliet” which toured the former Soviet Union. He was also invited back to dance in the school’s 25th Anniversary Production of “Don Q”. Jacques has also performed with and choreographed for “Le Cercle Moliere”, a French Theatre Company and danced and toured extensively with L’ensemble Folklorique de la Riviere-Rouge, both from Winnipeg. His folk dancing has taken him around the globe. Travelling to Ivory Coast-Africa, Istanbul-Turkey, France, Spain, USA and across Canada to participate in several International Dance Festivals. After 4 years of Dancing in Edmonton he went back to Winnipeg to study with the RWB and receive his teaching qualifications in 1996.

For the past 17 years, Jacques has been teaching for The Edmonton School of Ballet and on his 10th year with Step by Step in Sherwood Park. He has also taught for The Strathcona School of Highland Dance with Kelly Abrahart and Bill Troock. He helped choreograph the opening ceremonies for the Canadian 2000 Championship Series of Highland Dancing, held in Edmonton where the New Dress Alberta Tartan was presented to the whole world. He has worked with the Edmonton Opera, restaging “Aida’s” dance section and danced in “La Traviata”

Jacques has trained in all three major ballet syllabi, Vaganova, R.A.D. and Cecchetti. Teaches Ballet, Pas de Deux, Repertoire and has also taught Jazz and Step Dancing. He is an examiner for the Edmonton School of Ballet “Junior Grades” program and enjoys adjudicating at dance festivals and competitions.

From April – July 2010, Jacques spent 4 months studying and training in the UK with Kate Simmons and Gillian Hurst and has successfully pasted his Master Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and his Fellowship exams.

Audrey Watt

Audrey is a Highland instructor at Hendry Watt Dance School in Aberdeenshire Scotland.  She was taught by Betty Jessiman from the age of 10, she had numerous opportunities to perform at His Majesty’s Theatre in various shows & pantomimes.  And, she also travelled Europe as part of Jessiman Dance Troop.

For over 20 years she has trained dancers of all levels in various disciplines.  Audrey is a member of the UKA SDTA & BATD.

Audrey solely concentrate her commitment to Highland in 2011 becoming a SOBHD Adjudicator & in 2014 a fully qualified Highland Hustle instructor.  She now enjoys working with Rosaline Hendry bringing dancers to be the best they can be and building their confidence & experience travelling the world competing very successfully.

Michelle Yonge

Highland Dancing has been a part of Michele’s life from a very early age. She was competing by the age of 3 and enjoyed much competitive success, ultimately winning the Canadian Championship Title in 1975. She is a Fellow of the SDTA, and has been a SOBHD Judge since 1991. She has been actively teaching highland dancing for over 30 years, with many of her students capturing several championship titles and world level results. Her Mom was Dorothy Christie, a very well known and popular teacher and judge as well. Michele loves working with children and could not imagine her life without highland dancing. Her passion for teaching, and fun personality, make her a very sought after workshop instructor throughout Canada and the world. Michele currently resides in Burnaby BC, with her husband Ken and their 4 kids.