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 for 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 23, 2019. The Medal Test Form can be downloaded from the Registration Page. 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 2019 Highland Dance Instructors
Elizabeth Gollan was trained by Frances Paterson in Edinburgh, Scotland in Highland, Ballet and Tap. She is a Life Member of the BATD, a Fellow of the SDTA and UKA and is also co-director of the Paterson School of Dancing where she has taught for almost 30 years. Elizabeth also teaches regularly in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Elizabeth has trained dancers who have won all championship titles in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, as well as the North American championship and the SOBHD UK Champion of Champions.
Having spent 27 years working in the Finance Sector, Elizabeth changed job direction in 2016 and is now Director of Administration of the SOBHD. She is a member of the SOBHD Quality Assurance, Website and Rules Committees and is the current convenor of the SOBHD Organisers Committee meetings in the UK.
Elizabeth is honoured to have been asked to instruct at the Ohio Scottish Arts School and hopes everyone has a great week.
*2019 Travel Donation from The Caledonian Society of Cincinnati*
Mary Beth Klein began dancing at the age of 10 in Kansas City. With no certified teachers in 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 Univ of Iowa to teach Iowa Scottish Highlanders. She completed her education and graduated from the Univ of Missouri with a BA in Dance and a separate BA in Physical Education/Health. In addition to teaching Highland, 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 life time 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.
Alison Plemmons was born in Park Ridge, IL to her parents, Sheila and Tom Mittig. Her Mom, Sheila, is a Highland Dancing teacher and from a very early age Alison loved to watch her Mom’s classes. Almost as soon as she could walk, Alison began trying to dance and therefore her Mom decided that she might as well teach her properly. Alison’s dancing prowess progressed quickly and in 1986 and 1987, she won the USIR Junior Championships (15 and under) and in 1987 She and her Mom were awarded the Australia award that was given to the dancer of the day and her teacher. In 1988 and 1989, she won the USIR Senior Championships and in 1989 again the Australia award this time sharing it with another dancer and her teacher. Alison also won many other competitions and Championships including Regional Championships. Alison is a Member of the British Associations of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) is the Secretary of the Great Lakes Region of the B.A.T.D. In 2010 Alison qualified as a member of the Scottish Official Board Judges panel. Alison has judged in Canada and the U.S. She has also taught at many workshops and Schools including the Ohio Scottish Arts School for many years. Alison has many students who are doing very well in competition and she is proud that one of her students is the won the USIR Senior Championship and will have her name on the same trophy as her teacher. Alison is married to Andy Plemmons and they live in Hartland, Ml with their two sons, Devin and Brandon.
Joy (Allen) Tolev started dancing at the age of 3 under the instruction of Mrs. Evelyn Murray in Toronto, Ontario. During her competitive days she successfully competed in many highland dance competitions and championships throughout Canada and the United States.
She has been teaching at her own school of highland dancing in Toronto for the past 30 years and has produced many dancers of high caliber who have captured titles in various championships including the Ontario, Canadian, Scottish, Commonwealth and World Championships. There have been over 25 Canadian Championship Titles, many Scottish and Commonwealth Championship titles and runner-ups, and a World Champion who holds 10 World Titles.
She is a Fellow and Examiner of the B.A.T.D., North American Co-ordinator of the B.A.T.D., and adjudicator on the S.O.B.H.D. Judges panel.
Joy teaches annually at the Ohio Scottish Arts School which is a week camp in June, the Delco Workshop in February and travels across Canada, United States, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand, judging, examining and conducting workshops.