Dance Teachers

  • Robert McOwen, Boston, MA
  • Kate Neally
  • Yvonne Yang, Annandale, VA

  • Up Robert McOwen, Boston, MA

    Robert McOwen

    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.

    Up Kate Neally, Ardmore, PA

    Up Yvonne Yang, Annandale, VA

    Yvonne Yang

    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.

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