The British Association of Teachers of Dancing

North American Sadie Simpson Highland Scholarships Results & Report

2019 B.A.T.D. SADIE SIMPSON NORTH AMERICAN HIGHLAND SCHOLARSHIPS WINNERS

2019 JUVENILE SCHOLARSHIP

GRACE BARCLAY – LISA BRECK SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
In Honour of “SADIE SIMPSON” Donated By B.A.T.D.

2ND PLACE

ADDYSON KNOWLES – LISA BRECK SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
In Honour of “SADIE SIMPSON” Donated By B.A.T.D.

3RD PLACE

AINSLEY GORDON – LISA BRECK SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
In Honour of “Sherry Dalliday” Donated By Sheryl Joyner

4TH PLACE

KAITLYN MILNE – NATALIE QUICK HIGHLAND IN 6 STUDIO
In Honour of “Christine Lacey MBE” Donated By B.A.T.D.

5TH PLACE

BROOKE TOSH – ROSEMARY BREMAN SCHOOL OF DANCING
In Honour of “Christine Aitken” Donated By B.A.T.D.

6TH PLACE

MIYUKI ITO – JOY ALLEN SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCING
In Honour of “Mary Munro” Donated By B.A.T.D. British Columbia and North West States Region

 

BEST JUVENILE WRITTEN PAPER WINNER

HANNAH WATERFALL – LESLIE MACDOUGALL CAMBRIDGE HIGHLAND DANCE & CO.
In Honour of “Donna Cusack” Donated By Diane Krugh

2ND PLACE

AZLAN MCAULIFFE – LESLIE MACDOUGALL CAMBRIDGE HIGHLAND DANCE & CO.
In Honour of “Sandra Weyman” Donated By USA Atlantic Seaboard Region

3RD PLACE

EMMA LEACH – BONNIE LEACH EXCALIBUR HIGHLAND DANCERS
In Honour of “Lynn Erbrick” Donated By USA Atlantic Seaboard Region

4TH PLACE

KAITLYN MILNE – NATALIE QUICK HIGHLAND IN 6 STUDIO
In Honour of “May Martin” Donated By Anne Sutherland

5TH PLACE

SOPHIA POST – MACMURCHY SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
In Honour of “Catherine Fisher” Donated By Cheryl Kirby and Karen Rubach

6TH PLACE

MYUKI ITO – JOY ALLEN SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCING
In Honour of “Margo Naismith” Donated By B.A.T.D. California

 

JUVENILE CHOREOGRAPHY WINNER

GRACE BARCLAY – LISA BRECK SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
In Honour of “Helen Ford” Donated By B.A.T.D.

2ND PLACE

AINSLEY GORDON – LISA BRECK SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
In Honour of “Judy Hackett” Donated By Katie Rush Walker

3RD PLACE

MIYUKI ITO – JOY ALLEN SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCING
In Honour of “Eleanor Belton” Donated By “Aspects of Dance”

4TH PLACE

KAITLYN MILNE – NATALIE QUICK HIGHLAND IN 6 STUDIO
In Honour of “Mary Margaret Manifold” Donated By B.A.T.D. British Columbia and North West States Region

5TH PLACE

BROOKE TOSH – ROSEMARY BREMAN SCHOOL OF DANCING
In Honour of “Carolyn Spears” Donated By B.A.T.D. Maritimes Region

6TH PLACE

ADDYSON KNOWLES – LISA BRECK SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
In Honour of “Debby Stevenson” Donated By B.A.T.D. Maritimes Region

 

2019 JUNIOR HIGHLAND WINNER

ANNALISE LAM – DIENA HENRY BRIGADOON DANCE ACADEMY
In Honour of “SADIE SIMPSON” Donated By B.A.T.D.

2ND PLACE

ASHLYN RUBACH – DAVIDSON/MACPHEE
In Honour of “SADIE SIMPSON” Donated By B.A.T.D.

3RD PLACE

HANNAH BELLINGHAM – LESLIE MACDOUGALL CAMBRIDGE HIGHLAND DANCE & CO.
In Honour of “C. STEWART SMITH” Donated By Jessie Stewart Haggarty MBE

4TH PLACE

CHARLOTTE STEWART – ROSEMARY BREMAN SCHOOL OF DANCING
In Honour of “BETTY LAWRENCE” Donated By Joy Tolev

5TH PLACE

SOPHIE JOHNSON – TWASOME HIGHLAND TROUPE, DYHO
In Honour of “Evelyn Leinweber” Donated By Nancy Haggart

6TH PLACE

BETHANY QUINTON – LESLIE MACDOUGALL CAMBRIDGE HIGHLAND DANCE & CO.
In Honour of “MARGARET CALLANDER” Donated By Diane Krugh and Donna Cusack

 

BEST JUNIOR WRITTEN PAPER WINNER

BETHANY QUINTON – LESLIE MACDOUGALL CAMBRIDGE HIGHLAND DANCE & CO.
In Honour of “MARGUERITE REID” Donated By B.A.T.D. Highland Committee

2ND PLACE

TARYN MATHESON – NANCY HAGGARTY GIBBONS SCHOOL
In Honour of “JESSIE STEWART HAGGARTY MBE” Donated By Dorothy Young

3RD PLACE

AYLA ASPINAL – SHALNI PROWSE SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
In Honour of “JOY TOLEV” Donated By BATD Toronto Region

4TH PLACE

IRELAND RASMEN – SHALNI PROWSE SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
Donated By The MacLeod of Lewis Scottish Arts Centre

5TH PLACE

SERENA SCHMIDT – LESLIE MACDOUGALL CAMBRIDGE HIGHLAND DANCE & CO.
Donated By Kathryn Campbell

6TH PLACE

ANNALISE LAM – DIENA HENRY BRIGADOON DANCE ACADEMY
Donated By The Celtic Dance Company of Western Ontario

 

JUNIOR CHOREOGRAPHY WINNER

IRELAND PASMEN – SHALNI PROWSE SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
In Honour of “JANET T. MACLACHLAN” Donated By B.A.T.D. Western Ontario Region

2ND PLACE

HANNAH BELLINGHAM – LESLIE MACDOUGALL CAMBRIDGE HIGHLAND DANCE & CO.
In Honour of “JOE WALLIN” Donated By Helen Ford

3RD PLACE

ANNALISE LAM – DIENA HENRY BRIGADOON DANCE ACADEMY
In Honour of “ELIZABETH COYLE” Donated By B.A.T.D. BC and NW States

4TH PLACE

SOPHIE JOHNSON – TWASOME HIGHLAND DANCE TROUPE, DYHO
Donated By The Dawn Brennan Sutter School of Dance

5TH PLACE

ASHLYN RUBACH – DAVIDSON/MACPHEE
Donated By Brigadoon Dance Academy, Diena Henry

6TH PLACE

ALEXANDRA GAFFNEY – ELEANOR BELTON ASPECTS OF DANCE
Donated By E.C.H.D.A.

 

2019 SENIOR HIGHLAND WINNER

AIDEEN TOLLEY – ELEANOR BELTON ASPECTS OF DANCE
In Honour of “SADIE SIMPSON” Donated By B.A.T.D.

2ND PLACE

VICTORIA NICHOLS – ROSEMARY BREMAN SCHOOL OF DANCING
In Honour of “SADIE SIMPSON” Donated By B.A.T.D.

3RD PLACE

GRACE PAYNE – SHALNI PROWSE SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
In Honour of “ADELINE DUNCAN” Donated By Valerie Geddes

4TH PLACE

MIRANDA LAM – DIENA HENRY BRIGADOON DANCE ACADEMY
In Honour of “JEAN RITCHIE” Donated By Jeanette Shearer

5TH PLACE

JACLYN STEWART – ROSEMARY BREMAN SCHOOL OF DANCING
In Honour of “MARY STEWART” Donated By B.A.T.D. U.S.A. Atlantic Seaboard

6TH PLACE

ELIZABETH MOFFAT – ROSEMARY BREMAN SCHOOL OF DANCING
In Honour of “MOLLIE McGREGOR” Donated By Christine Aitken and Betty Turkington

 

BEST SENIOR WRITTEN PAPER WINNER

ELLIE PRENDERGAST – BONNIE LEACH EXCALIBUR HIGHLAND DANCERS
In Honour of “MARGUERITE REID” Donated By B.A.T.D. Highland Committee

2ND PLACE

GRACE PAYNE – SHALNI PROWSE SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
In Honour of “NANCY HAGGARTY” Donated By Christine Lacey

3RD PLACE

OLIVIA MASICH – BONNIE LEACH EXCALIBUR HIGHLAND DANCERS
In Honour of “ANNE SUTHERLAND” Donated By B.A.T.D. Western Ontario

4TH PLACE

ISABELLA ANDERSON-HATFIELD – SHALNI PROWSE SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
Donated By Mary and Lindsay Recknagel

5TH PLACE

CASSIDY FIDIA – MARJORIE-ANNE MACLEOD DENT, MACLEOD OF LEWIS SCOTTISH ARTS CENTRE
Donated By Sutherland Studio of Dance

6TH PLACE

MARY DICKINSON – MURPHY HIGHLAND DANCE
Donated By Pete Tolev

 

SENIOR CHOREOGRAPHY WINNER

AIDEEN TOLLEY – ELEANOR BELTON ASPECTS OF DANCE
In Honour of “EVELYN MURRAY” Donated By The New Hampshire Gathering of the Scottish Clans and B.A.T.D. Toronto Region

2ND PLACE

ANNALISE LAM – DIENA HENRY BRIGADOON DANCE ACADEMY
In Honour of “JEAN FORBES” Donated By Diane Krugh & Donna Cusack

3RD PLACE

GRACE PAYNE – SHALNI PROWSE SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCE
In Honour of “DIANE KRUGH” Donated By BATD USA Atlantic Seaboard

4TH PLACE

SAMM SEKULIN – JOY ALLEN SCHOOL OF HIGHLAND DANCING
Donated By The Cunningham and Brophy Families

5TH PLACE

ISABELLA BILISKI – ANNE SUTHERLAND, SUTHERLAND STUDIO OF DANCE
Donated By Aspects of Dance

6TH PLACE

VICTORIA NICHOLS – ROSEMARY BREMAN SCHOOL OF DANCING
Donated By B.A.T.D. Western Ontario Region

 

2019 BATD SADIE SIMPSON HIGHLAND SCHOLARSHIPS AND HIGHLAND WEEKEND

The BATD North American Sadie Simpson Scholarship weekend is one of my favourite weekends of the entire year. While there is a competition involved, it is so much more than a competition. The conference’s convenient time in the fall makes it the perfect opportunity to meet up with dance friends amidst the post-summer blues. The location for the event changes every year as well, making it another perfect excuse to do some travelling. This year we were in Alexandria, VA, a short drive away from Washington, DC. We even had a view of the White House and the Washington monument from our hotel window which was very cool.

This was my first year attending the scholarship weekend as an associate, since I am no longer eligible to compete for the scholarship itself, but the experience was just as fun and worthwhile. The competition portion takes place on the Friday and consists of a master class, written paper and solo choreography. Though I didn’t need to know any highland theory myself, I probably could have written the paper by the time I’d finished helping my sisters study. I spent the rest of the day watching master classes and solos and wishing I could be up there dancing myself. I did get my chance because Friday is followed by a full weekend of workshops with teachers from all over the world. We worked on championship and premiership steps, but we also got a chance to try ballet classes, choreography classes and even a little musical theatre.

In addition to a whole weekend of dancing together, there are countless other opportunities to hang out with friends. There was a pizza social where everyone got to try their hand at some of the most creative games I’ve ever seen and a brunch where we all stuffed our faces and prepared for the cramps we knew we’d get as soon as we started dancing. There was also the famous ceilidh dinner and dance. Everyone gets to dress up and watch the scholarship and solo winners perform their choreographies. I was lucky enough to get to perform my solo at the ceilidh in the past and it is truly an amazing experience to perform in front of such a captive audience with no worry about being judged for a competition. Of course, it wouldn’t be a true ceilidh without ceilidh dancing. After a crash course in the traditional dances that day, everyone gets up and dances around to the chorus of “1, 2, 3, hello! 1, 2, 3, Goodbye!” Most of the time our ceilidh dances just dissolve into chaos because we’re laughing too hard. My favourite part of the night is when Mrs. Krugh starts announcing the raffle prize winners. In my many years of attending the event, I have never won a prize, but I still sit there with fingers crossed every year. If I’m being honest though, we are all just waiting for no one to claim the prize so we can sing along with Mrs. Krugh; “It’s a looser!”

All in all, the BATD conference is an incredible weekend with something for everyone. I’d like to thank Joy Tolev and Diane Krugh for always putting on such an incredible weekend where we can all come together to dance, party and just have a good time with each other. I’ve been lucky enough to attend 5 times and each one is so special because of the different venues, teachers, and experiences that come along with it. I’m already looking forward to attending many more in the future including Montreal next year, and hopefully Hawaii the year after that!

Fiona Tolley