I have been dancing since mid July 18, so about 14 months
Why were you interested in starting?
My daughter had taken lessons when younger but it had been a while since she quit. We went to the Royal NS Tattoo last year and when she saw the highland dancers perform it caught her interest again. At that point I thought all that jumping and flailing my arms and legs around might be a fun way for me to get back in shape and maybe lose a couple of pounds. We knew Kathleen through the greyhound community and when we contacted her she was happy to take on a returning dancer as well as an adult beginner
What is your favorite dance, and why?
My favourite fance is probably the Seann Truibhas because it has a leap. I'm not very good at it but it's fun!
What is your least favorite dance, and why?
My least favourite dance is the lilt! That darned turn in the last step is just so awkward! I always feel off balance; like an elephant trying to look elegant lol
What is your biggest goal you are working towards right now?
My biggest goal is my turnout. I was born pigeon toed and even though my mother worked with me as a child to walk properly, it is difficult for me to keep my feet turned out while dancing. Now that I know the steps for several dances I'm going to really concentrate on getting my knees and feet consistently turned out.
If you could give anyone looking to start highland dancing a piece of advice what would it be?
The best piece of advice I have for anyone considering taking up highland dance would be to just do it! I was worried that because I had absolutely no dance experience I would look like a fool but Kathleen was so encouraging and this style of dance is really quite forgiving for us beginners that it was worth the effort. Besides, who wants to look back on their life and have to say that they didn't do something because they thought they'd look silly?
What is your favorite memory so far in your highland career?
I have a few highlights but I think my favourite memory was travelling to the NB Highland Games in Fredericton with Andrea and her girls. The venue was gorgeous, the weather was beautiful, and the company was great! I walked away with a couple of medals and got to watch the massed pipe and drum bands and some of the female athletes toss around the cabers. I'm definitely going back next year!
Tell us a bit about what you do outside of highland:
In real life I have been in the Royal Canadian Navy for 28+ years as a Naval Communicator. I was born in England but grew up just outside Toronto and have lived in Halifax (thanks to the navy) for 27 years. Just recently I started learning how to play the tenor drum in the hopes that I will be able to join the RCMP pipe and drum band. I have a 17 year old daughter who dances with Kathleen as well and is in her last year of high school. We have 2 greyhounds and a cat to keep us company.