It is mandatory that each student arrive in top physical condition! Students must begin to increase their practice time in the months PRIOR to the start of School. It is imperative students be able to dance for 45-minutes four times a day. By increasing strength and stamina before arriving at the School injuries will be prevented.
The Ohio Scottish Arts School is pleased to be able to offer BATD Highland and National Medal Tests and Grade Examinations. These tests will be given the morning of Sunday, June 25, 2017. The Medal Test Form is available to download from the Registration Page. Payment is due by June 17, 2017. Medal Test fees are non-refundable!
Teacher training in Highland will be offered every afternoon for those interested in preparing for Professional exams. This class requires an additional fee. Please see the Registration page.
About our 2017 Highland Dance Instructors
Jennifer Miller has been involved in Highland dance since the age of 5. Jennifer was very successful in competition, winning several championships across the US and Canada. She was the US National Champion twice (1987 & 1988) and placed in the overall top six in the US for thirteen consecutive years (1986-1998). Jennifer received her degree in dance from Oakland University, where she was a scholarship student and the recipient of the Jakob Decker Dance Award for outstanding performance. Jennifer has danced on the Central Michigan University Dance Team “Chippettes”, the Oakland University Dance Team “Images”, Oakland Dance Theatre and the OU Repertory Dance Company. She has danced professionally with Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Company in Michigan and the Celtic Dance Theatre of Arizona where she was selected to be a soloist in the west coast tour of “Fire and Grace”.
Jennifer has been teaching dance for over 17 years. Along with teaching Highland, “Miss Jen”, as her students call her, has also taught jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, modern and lyrical at many different schools and studios and has also taught classes at Oakland University. Jennifer is an adjudicator for the Michigan Educational Theater Association and is an accomplished choreographer. She has choreographed over 30 musicals for several different theater companies in Michigan including the Groves Performing Arts Company, where she worked for four years with Evan Kasprzak, finalist on the hit FOX TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” and currently performing in the Broadway musical “Newsies”.
Jennifer is a member of FUSTA and the BATD and is the chairperson for the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit Annual Highland Games dance competition. She opened her own dance school, the Lakes Area School of Highland Dance, in 2003 where she went from having only 3 dancers to having 42 dancers in just three years. Her students perform annually at the Michigan Renaissance Festival and have also performed at the Magic Kingdom inside Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Her students have won many awards and scholarships and she has had dancers representing the Midwest Region at the US National Championships for the past three years. She was honored to receive the Max MacLeod Memorial Award for Excellence in Highland Dance Instruction in 2009 and is thrilled to be teaching at the Ohio Scottish Arts School this year! Jennifer lives in Highland, Michigan with her husband, Greg Combs, and their six children, Henry, Nate, Maddie, Tucker, Caden and Ellie.
Mary Beth Miller Klein began dancing at the age of 10 in Kansas City. With no certified teachers in the area, she had to travel once a month for lessons to Jean Forbes (Dallas) and Betty Lawrence (Oklahoma). At the age of 12 she began taking from Sheila Mittig (Michigan) and remained with her throughout her career. During her competitive years, she won numerous awards including the Juvenile and Junior World Championships at Cowal.
Upon completing high school, Mary Beth received a full scholarship to University of Iowa to teach Iowa Scottish Highlanders. She completed her education and graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Dance and a separate BA in Physical Education/Health. In addition to teaching Highland Dance, she taught in the public school systems for many years before running Highland X Press from 1996-2016.
Mary Beth has been teaching for over 40 years and is a lifetime member of BATD and a member of SDTA. Due to her husband’s job which required relocating every 2-5 years, Mary Beth has been able to share her love of Highland teaching in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Las Vegas, & Texas while conducting workshops in other states. Her permanent home is now in San Antonio, Texas.
Tracey Walton started Highland lessons at the age of five with Robert and Evelyn Clark, and continued with Jill (Sweppy) Hodgins after the Clarks moved back to Scotland. She enjoyed a long competitive career, dancing throughout the United States and Canada, and represented the Midwest Region at many USIR’s. Tracey has been teaching for over 20 years and her students have been successful at the regional and national level. Several of her students have passed their professional exams and are sharing the love of Highland Dance with the next generation. Tracey is a member of the BATD and the SOBHD World Wide Judges Panel. Tracey lives in Birmingham, Michigan with her husband, Bill and their two sons, Jack and Calum.