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Up Janet Johnston, Edinburgh, Scotland

Janet Johnston

Janet Johnston was brought up in West Fife, Scotland and learned both Highland and Scottish Country Dancing as a child. She first attended RSCDS Summer School, St Andrews in 1984 and studied for her Preliminary Certificate. Janet attended annually for many years, gained her Teacher’s Certificate two years later and was introduced to Ladies Step dancing. She has taught a variety of classes there over the years and has been Depute Director several times. Away from Summer School Janet shares the teaching of the Ochil Scottish Country Dance Club in Stirling. She has taught widely within the UK, and has travelled to Europe, Australia, the USA and Canada. Apart from teaching Janet also adjudicates of SCD festivals. Working round these activities is her day job in the Renal Unit, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.


Up Robert McOwen, Boston, MA

Robert McOwen

Robert began Scottish country and highland dancing in Berkeley, California in 1973. He received the Teaching Certificate of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) by examination in Scotland in 1980, and since then has taught at dance camps and workshops across the United States, and in Canada, Scotland, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. Robert became a member of the Scottish Dance Teacher's Alliance in 1987, and has taught, competed in, and performed highland dancing at various events across the United States, including Bonnie Rideout's "Scottish Christmas" Tour 1999-2005. In 2002, he and Karen Mahoney formed Highland Dance Boston, which has choreographed and performed many dances at Scottish events in the Boston Area. In his "spare time", Robert is a Professor of Mathematics at Northeastern University.


Up Tim Wilson, San Francisco, CA

Tim Wilson

In Tim’s non-dance life, he is a librarian/archivist in the San Francisco History department of the San Francisco Public Library. His daily work involves helping others find the answers to their research questions--which is sometimes akin to treasure hunting. He sees all age groups at the library from 8th graders, and younger, to graduate students, and older. And, as a result of years of practice, he is now quite adept at shushing. :-) Tim has been folk dancing since 1988 when he began Israeli folk dancing in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. When he moved to San Francisco, California in 1996, a friend from Israeli dance circles thought he would probably enjoy Scottish country dancing. He has been hooked ever since. The figures of Scottish dancing, the interplay of couples, and the music, all inspire him to devise dances. He counts himself lucky that a few of his dances have been danced outside of the San Francisco Bay area. Tim earned his full certificate in 2007 and has been teaching in the San Francisco class rotation since then. He’s had the good fortune to teach workshops in the U.S. and abroad (from San Diego, Truckee, and Sacramento, to Fort Worden (Washington), Scottish Weekend (Maryland), Pinewoods (Boston), Pawling (New York), and Midwest Scottish Weekend, and from Calgary, Edmonton, and Medicine Hat, to Killarney, Ireland, and Queensland, Australia). He has enjoyed meeting dancers around the world and to experiencing first-hand the welcoming nature of our global dance community.


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