Nadiene Gibney, ON

Nadiene Gibney, B.A.T.D. Member Highland and Scottish National, S.O.B.H.D. Adjudicator, Licentiate-Cecchetti Society of Canada (LCSC)

Nadiene began her highland and ballet dance training at the age of 3, with Gladys Forrester, in Toronto, Ontario.  By age 9, she had won her first Highland Championship and was also accepted to the full-time program at Canada’s National Ballet School.

After 4 years at the National Ballet School, Nadiene attended an Arts high school to further explore other forms of dance including modern, contemporary, and jazz, where she was the recipient of several prestigious dance awards.

Nadiene then studied in the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School, from which she graduated with Honours and her Cecchetti  Associate .  She has been teaching ballet for more than 20 years, and now holds her Cecchetti  Licentiate.  She has also been Director of Ballet at several esteemed studios in Ontario, and was an Instructor at The American Academy of Ballet in New York City.  Nadiene is currently a respected guest artist at Canada’s National Ballet School and Etobicoke School of the Arts, and teaches regularly at studios in Toronto, Burlington and Kitchener.   She is also a successful, award-winning choreographer in both ballet and highland.

Nadiene is a Champion Highland dancer and had a very successful competitive career.  She has her B.A.T.D. Members in Highland and Scottish National, and has had her own highland dance studio for 20 years, where she has trained Ontario and Canadian Champions, as well as World Championship Finalists.

She has performed both locally and internationally with the dance companies, Celtic Accent and the Scottish Dance Company of Canada.  She was also in the original production of “Needfire”, in Toronto, at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

Nadiene enjoys teaching , lecturing, and judging,  both ballet and highland throughout North America , Scotland, and South Africa. She has been an Adjudicatior on the S.O.B.H.D. World- wide Judges Panel since 2004, and has judged many major Championships internationally, including the World Championships at Cowal.

Janice Macquarrie, NS

Janice Macquarrie, a former champion Highland dancer began her dance career in Antigonish, Nova Scotia at age nine. She competed for fourteen years then after receiving her teaching certificate went on to train a great number of dancers in her area. Many of her students have won major awards including Nova Scotia, Canadian and North American titles as well as first and second runner-up positions in World championships. Janice is also an award-winning choreographer . She was co-founder of the Scotia Highland Dancers performance troupe and in 2013, she was lead choreographer for the  Basel Tattoo in Switzerland which included dancers from South Africa, Scotland and Canada.

Janice holds her Fellow certificate and is an examiner with the Scottish Dance Teachers’ Alliance and is a full panel adjudicator with the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing. She has enjoyed judging and giving workshops throughout Canada as well as Scotland, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Janice is a retired school teacher but continues to run her dance school  in Antigonish.

Alison MacGregor, Scotland

I had a very successful dancing career. I won over 200 championship titles. Winning the World Jeuvinile championships was of course the highlight as was winning the Scottish championship 8 times.

I have since adjudicated Cowal twice and I actually think I was more nervous Judging ! I am like many thankful to highland dancing for so many things: life long friendships and unique transferable skills are to name but a few! I have taught many workshops in Scotland  and once in Australia. I currently teach highland within a ballet studio. I am excited as I have a new class aged 4-6!

My day job is working as a Chartered Educational and child psychologist. I specialise in neuropsychology and this involves working in trauma. My favourite hobbies are running and yoga ! I work with athletes and more and more dancers!  I have done A lot of personal further study in anatomy and the biomechanics of the body fascinates me!

I would like to think I can bring something different to the highland dance table by combining all of the different knowledge together. It is so very important to take care of our bodies physically and mentally. The earlier we start the better !

Michele Yonge, BC

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.