Teaching since 1979
My Scottish odyssey began in Brisbane in 1975, where I learned to play the bagpipes with Neil MacKenzie. In 1976, Neil introduced both my Mother and me to Scottish Dancing.
In 1979, I was asked to teach a dance at the Cleveland Group until gaining my Preliminary exam in Brisbane in March 1984. I passed my Teacher's exam at the St Andrews Summer School, Scotland in July 1986. In 1991, I joined the Adelaide University Regiment Pipe and Drums and played at the 1992 Edinburgh Military Tattoo in the massed Pipes and Drum.
I thought a 4 week holiday in Germany would be great, however Mechthild gave me a better offer and were married in 1994. We danced with the Schwäbisch-Gmünd/Rechberg group. Mechthild and I moved to Adelaide, in 1997, and have continued to dance and teach weekly classes and have taught at various Day, Weekend and Week schools in Australia and New Zealand.
Over the past 40 years, I have served on two Branch Committees, in Brisbane and Adelaide. The majority of my time has been serving the Adelaide Branch in various capacities as President, Committee Member, 2010 Winter School Convenor. and Teacher Panel Chairman.
The challenge I have as a Teacher is that I dance less often than I would like, unless there are uneven class numbers. So, I look forward to attending Schools to maintain/improve my technique. Teaching dancers who are at Elementary/Learner level is so important, because understanding technique is critical to dancing well. Anyone can teach dancers who can already dance, the challenge is to improve new dancers and watch the confidence that this brings to their dancing and themselves.
Professionally, I am a Massage Therapist specialising in shoulder and neck injuries using Remedial Therapies. My other outside interests are Model Railways, Bee Keeping and Gardening.