History of Highland Dancing

 

Highland dancing originated in the highlands of Scotland and was originally performed by the clansmen as they prepared for battle or celebrated victory.  In its modern form, highland dancing has become very technical.  Dancers compete individually at various levels.  They receive points based on technique, timing, elevation, strength and grace.

 

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Pride of Stewart Highland Dancers

 

Pride of Stewart Highland Dancers opened in 1997 and has achieved a high level of success in the competition world.  Dancers have won over 100 championship titles throughout competitions in Canada, United States, and Scotland.  Highlights of our success include;

7 Ontario Championships, 8 Canadian Inter-Provincial Championships, and 5 North American Championship titles, 4 Scottish Open Championship titles from the Cowal Highland Gathering, Dunoon, Scotland, and 3 World Championship finalists

Pride of Stewart also provides lessons to the recreational dancer.  Students of all ages also enjoy participating in shows and BATD exams.

 

INSTRUCTORS

 

Dana-Lynn Stewart-Robitaille, B.A., B.Ed.

ScotDance Ontario Professional

Highland Member, British Association of Teachers of Dance

Dana-Lynn began highland dancing at age 5 at a local dance studio.  She competed successfully in many highland games throughout Canada, United States and Great Britain.  In 1984 she became a highland champion and was later thrilled to become a representative for Ontario at the Canadian Inter-Provincial Championship in Saskatchewan, 1987.  She began teaching under the direction of Sherry Dalliday in Pickering, Ontario.  After receiving her full teaching qualifications, she began her own highland studio.  She has been the Director of the Pride of Stewart Highland Dancers since its inception in 1997.  

 

 

 Jennifer Stephens Braid

ScotDance Ontario Professional

Highland Member, British Association of Teachers of Dance

Jennifer is a former champion highland dancer who competed extensively in Canada and the United States during her dance career.  She was also a member of the Scottish Dance Company of Canada.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics degree from the University of Guelph and brings to the studio a strong kinesiology background.  She provides a complete highland based stretch and strengthening program to all Pride of Stewart competitive highland dancers.  Jennifer and Dana-Lynn met as young dancers and grew through a studio friendship into lifelong highland friends.  She is thrilled to be part of the studio.

 ASSOCIATES

 

Kristina Jacob

Associate, British Association of Teachers of Dance

Kristina has been dancing with Pride of Stewart for 11 years.  She has competed successfully throughout Canada, United States and Scotland.  Kristina was also honoured with a nomination for the BATD Scholarships for her excellence in highland theory.

 

Treyven Robitaille

Associate, British Association of Teachers of Dance

ScotDance Ontario Associate Member

Treyven has been dancing with Pride of Stewart for 10 years.  He has enjoyed a high level of success, notably winning the Ontario, Canadian and North American championships.  Treyven has been a World Champion Finalist in the Juvenile and Junior sections.