have been dancing since I was 12 years old having been taught the
basics by my Mother who was attending classes. I have always loved
dancing of any kind and especially like the challenge and sociability of
Scottish Country Dancing.
I am a member of the North Ayrshire
Branch and have acted as Chairman and Secretary for this Branch,
although not at the same time. I have been teaching Scottish Country
Dancing since 1984 and have been teaching at Summer School in St Andrews
since 2000. I have danced in Demonstration Teams and participated in
various Music Festivals. I have taught in many places at home in the UK
and throughout Europe as well as Australia, Canada and North America. I
have also adjudicated at the Arran Music Festival where all the schools
enter teams in the Scottish Country Dancing section. This was really a
very pleasurable experience to see all the enthusiastic children
enjoying their dancing.
I hope that I can bring my enthusiasm
for dancing and the sense that dancing should be fun to all in the class
as well as helping people improve their technique which I think is an
important part to achieving the former.
It may take some people
a little time to acclimatise to my sense of humour but they usually get
there in the end. I love meeting people and hope to have a chat with
many in the class during the period of the event.
Dance is a life-long passion for Jamie. At university, where she majored in dance and education, she got the opportunity to travel for a semester and study all forms of traditional dance in Scotland.
During her first Scottish country dance class, she fell in love with the music and community. After college she decided to concentrate on folk dance, and has since taught RSCDS, highland, Cape Breton, rapper sword, international folk dance, Appalachian and English clog around America and Europe. Movement in general is also an interest for Jamie and, when she is not dancing, she teaches gymnastics and acro yoga.
Jamie believes everyone can dance and wants everyone to experience the joy that dancing can bring. Dance starts with your heart. If your heart feels the dance, you are a dancer.
Christchurch, New Zealand
|I started dancing 45 years ago in Wellington, being taught by mother (who also taught at a Canberra Winter School in the 1970’s). I started teaching in the early 80’s, attained my teachers certificate 26 years ago and currently take the Tam O’Shanter club in Christchurch. I have taught at several NZ Branch Summer Schools and this will be the third Winter School I have taught at. Lately I have become involved in the teacher training process, having either been the shadow teacher or teacher for the last four NZ Branch exam classes – it is a rewarding experience being involved in development of the next generation of teachers.
We live in “Interesting Times” in Christchurch at the moment – one of the biggest problems immediately after the 2011 earthquake was that many halls were damaged or destroyed so there was a city-wide pause in our dancing year of several months. But the spirit of dancing community soon prevailed, with several groups combining their nights or dancing at the same hall on different days of the week.
I have organised three NZ Branch Summer Schools in Christchurch and have enjoyed meeting dancers from all over the world – I am looking forward to meeting those friends I have made (especially from Australia) again in Canberra.
In my spare time I make scale model aircraft and enjoy my 1964 Daimler V8 Saloon (which cost me the GDP of a small nation to have restored a few years ago).
I was born in Glasgow and grew up in Ireland. I started Scottish Country Dancing in Fall 1977, first at Barbara Little’s Harvard University class and then at the Boston Branch Cambridge class. While I lived in Boston, I was a member of the Branch Demonstration Team, and took my Preliminary Test. I left Boston in 1981, dancing first with the Pittsburgh Scottish Country Dancers, then in Chicago with the Loch Michigan Scottish Country Dancers (which became the Chicago Branch in 1986), and finally to St. John's, Newfoundland, where I have lived for the past 26 years.
I obtained my Teacher's Certificate at the TAC Class in St. Catherine's in 1986. I have taught SCD day or weekend workshops in Madison, Chicago, Charlottetown, Halifax, Pictou, Montreal, Moncton, Adelaide, Washington (DC), and Pawling (NY). I have been on the teaching staff at Pinewoods Camp (Boston Branch), Scottish Camp at Mendocino, and the 2002 Australian Winter School in Sydney.
Along the way, I have participated in forming two RSCDS Branches - in Chicago and in St. John's (Newfoundland). In my ordinary life, I teach molecular biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
I started dancing at age 4, and eventually taught Highland Dancing. When there was no more “high” in Highland, I began Scottish Country Dancing. I gained my teaching certificate in 1996, and since then, have taught the Sydney Branch class, as well as many workshops and dancing weekends, as well as the children’s class at the Nelson Bay Australian Winter School.
I have danced overseas on many occasions, as I feel there is nothing better than combining my hobbies of travel and SCD.
When not dancing or travelling or enjoying my six grandchildren, I am a pharmacist.