- Robert McOwen, Boston, MA
- Kate Neally
- Yvonne Yang, Annandale, VA
Robert McOwen, Boston, MA
Robert began Scottish country and highland dancing in Berkeley, California in 1973. He received the Teaching
Certificate of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) 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 at various events across the United States, including 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. In his "spare time", Robert is a Professor of Mathematics at Northeastern University.
Kate Neally, Ardmore, PA
Yvonne Yang, Annandale, VA
Yvonne started Scottish country dancing in 1994 in Charlottesville, VA, after a very persistent
friend finally convinced her to try it, and she loved it from the first step. She has taught in
the Washington, DC area since 2005, and enjoys helping dancers understand a step, formation, or dance
in ways that they hadn't realized before. Yvonne co-taught an Intermediate Dancing Achievement Award course
in 2018, has assisted with several candidate classes, and chaired the Northern Virginia Branch teachers'
committee from 2008-2015. For the past year Yvonne has been very active on Zoom, teaching SCD for the Northern
Virginia Branch, the Washington, DC Branch, and the Albany, NY class, plus learning Scottish step dancing.
Yvonne's other hobby is assembling hand-cut wooden jigsaw puzzles. In her professional life, Yvonne is a
Technical Director for Oracle.