David Queen, Southport, UK
I come from a very musical family and started dancing at 5 years of age, under the influence of my mother, who was a Piano teacher, and my father, who was a piper and dance teacher best known for devising the dance Angus MacLeod. I qualified as a teacher of Scottish Country Dance in 1993 and I hope that this has enabled me to inspire a love of music and dance in others. I have taught regular branch classes in the north of England and workshops around the UK and also at RSCDS Schools in St Andrews, Pitlochry, New Zealand and TAC. I have also been very fortunate to receive invitations to teach around the world in such diverse locations as Russia, USA, Canada and across Europe. I am a dance deviser and composer of Scottish music and have published my own book of dances, as well as providing dances for other publications. My music has been recorded by a number of Scottish dance bands including my own, Scottish Measure.I enjoy promoting good technique and derive a great deal of satisfaction from seeing dances performed to a high standard. My classes seek to help all abilities of dancer to achieve their own personal best whilst ensuring that they have fun! Scottish dance has been an important part of my life since childhood and I now enjoy seeing my own children building the friendships that are such an important part of the social aspect of dance. Having been made so very welcome in Canada and the USA in recent years, particularly on the East coast, I am especially looking forward to returning to Scottish Weekend, renewing old acquaintances andp making some new ones.
Robert McOwen, Boston, Mass.
Robert began Scottish Country and highland dancing in Berkeley, California in 1973. He received the RSCDS Teaching Certificate 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 across the United States, including with 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. Robert is also a musician, playing guitar and bass for events and on a number of popular Scottish Country dance CDs, including “Tullochgorum” and “Muckle Carfuffle.”In his "spare time," Robert is a Professor of Mathematics at Northeastern University.
Margaret Grandine, Washington, DC
A dancer from an early age, Margaret worked her way through square dancing, contra dancing, and folk dancing before discovering Scottish Country dancing. She’s been hooked ever since. A teacher in the DC area for more years than she will admit, Margaret enjoys sharing her love of dance with anyone who will listen. She looks forward to leading classes at Scottish Weekend 2017.