In The Spotlight

Kyla graduated from Forest Dance Academy in Forest Va.  You will remember her as a student and demonstrator for Miss. Shelagh Connolly at the BATD conference’s and Dancer on the current Jazz syllabus DVD.

Kyla Hull is currently a freshman at George Mason University, pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance.  She is flourishing in their program and some of her recent accomplishments include auditioning amongst hundreds of candidates for both the Alvin Ailey School in New York City and Hubbard Street Co. in Chicago and their summer intensives.  Congratulations Kyla on accepting positions at both of these prestigious Dance Companies.
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Kyla also recently auditioned for and successfully has obtained a position as a dancer of the Cat Cogliandro’s CATASTROPHE TOO!  Cat an up and coming Choreographer whose work has been featured on So You think You Can Dance, Capezio Ace Awards, just to name a few. 
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Kyla still has spare time and she has managed to set up a not for profit dance assistance program for inner city youth, write a dance blog and continue to assist Miss. Connolly with syllabi and workshops.

Photography by Alisa Gregory, Kim Hull
(Above photo by Saya Photography)

Congratulations to Larissa Gerszke a Former student of Pique Dance Studio in Ottawa On., under the direction of Koryn MacArthur.

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(Above photo by Alvin Ailey at Fordham)

Larissa was both a Junior and Senior Ballet Scholarship Winner as well as Senior Modern Winner.
Larissa also competed at the TDCI in 2009 placing 2nd in Junior Ballet and in 2010 winning the Senior Ballet Scholarship Title.

Larissa continued her studies at the famed Alvin Ailey/Fordam BFA Program where she has graduated.
Ms. Gerszke is now a member of the The Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company.

Read more about Larissa by clicking on the following links:

Diverse Complexions Article by Shaina Oppenheimer
The World Championships in Highland Dance took place this past weekend at the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon Scotland.  Dancers Worldwide participate in this prestigious event.
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Congratulations to the BATD World Champions and their Teachers who have taken the Top Awards in all three categories:

Juvenile Winner - Erin Blair of California, Teacher Linda Armstrong
Junior Winner - Emma Schiff of California, Teacher Linda Armstrong
Adult Winner & Winner of the Mary McHarg Quaich for the Best Overseas Dancer - Marielle Lesperance of Ontario, Teacher Ellen Cameron Maloney.

The BATD Executive Council and Members could not be more proud of these Dancers and wish them much success in their future endeavors.
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(All of the photographs in the above article are courtesy of Ronnie Cairns or Dancers own)
Congratulations to Dancers of the McKechnie School of Dance on their recent World Champion results.

Ava and Carmen Judge students of the McKechnie School in Grangemouth have recently returned from the Dance World Cup in Jersey 2016 this summer.
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Over 3600 students from 36 countries took part in this prestigious event.  Both girls were awarded a total of 6 top placements. Individually Ava was the Gold Winner World Champion in Song & Dance and Bronze Winner in Modern.
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Carmen was the Gold Winner World Champion in Tap and Bronze in Acrobatics.  Both girls brought home the Gold Duet World Champions in Song & Dance and the Silver in their Modern Duet.
Ava was also awarded the Special gala award for top tap/song of the Championships.
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Additionally McKechnie Dancers Matilda Jackson and Millie Wright were awarded Bronze Medals for their tap and acro solos.

Way to Go Dancers, we are so proud of all of you!
This “in the spotlight” feature will commend Christine Lacey-MacPhee MBE on her past achievements and her continuing passion for dance.

Christine was awarded her M.B.E in the Queen’s 2014 New Year Honours List for services to Scottish Highland Dancing.  She was presented with her M.B.E. by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, on 12th February 2014 at Buckingham Palace, London.

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Christine lives in Bonhill with husband and successful bagpiper Donald.  A Highland Dancing Champion with no less than six world medals to her name, Christine danced competitively for more than 20 years and now helps Associations, Organisations and dancers connected with Highland Dancing.  In her position as Chair of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing she continues to try and improve Highland Dancing and take it to the 21st Century whilst retaining the culture and tradition that she values so highly.

Christine featured in an article for the Daily Record by Jenny Foulds where some of this information has been taken from. If you would like to read the full article please click the link here.
Mrs. Allan started her dance career under the tutelage of Miss Sadie Simpson and became a member in 1973.

She is a Fellow and Examiner of the B.A.T.D., but we know her best as our General Secretary. Katrina took this position in 1990 and has been a great ambassador for the Association promoting "British is Best" wherever she goes.

Mrs. Allan is extremely diversified in her position both in the business aspects of promoting the Association as well as her extensive dance background being able to help dancers and teachers alike with her knowledge and kind-hearted spirit. Her professional attitude and ability to address all situations has earned her an excellent rapport with all Dance associations worldwide, promoting the B.A.T.D. Mrs. Allan like many extraordinarily talented, capable, self-sacrificing and thoroughly committed people is the only one around who is not fully aware of just how terrific she is.

We at the B.A.T.D. are more than thrilled to feature our friend Katrina Allan “In The Spotlight.” Congratulations and Best Wishes on your Celebration!
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