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The Katharine Robinson School of Highland Dancing was founded in 1968. The Director, Ms. Katharine Robinson, is a Life Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D.) and a Member of the Judges Panel of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (S.O.B.H.D.). Initially, the School started in the Robinson's family home with 10 students. Today it has grown into a strong and vibrant dancing school with more than 50 students ranging in age from 4 to 54.

One need not be young to enjoy and practice the joys of Highland Dancing in its many forms.

Classes are offered for both recreation and competition. The Katharine Robinson School prepares dancers for the annual examination of the B.A.T.D., and for local, regional and international dancing competitions and demonstrations. Training for professional examinations is also part of the curriculum.

Dancers have travelled internationally. In 1997, we participated in the World Wide Dance for Peace in China. In recent years, dancers performed and competed in Scotland, New York State (at the spectacular opening ceremonies of the Central New York Highland Games in Syracuse) and at the Inter-Provincial Competition and Championships in St. Catherine's, Ontario, against challengers from all over the world. This summer, dancers have performed at the 150th Anniversary of the Ottawa Regional Police Military Tattoo, and at the celebrations of the 150th year of Strathcona Park. In May, the School organized and participated in a Workshop for Stepdancing, with world famous dancer, examiner, teacher, Joseph Wallin. We were also honoured to participate in the Young People's concert, with conductor Boris Brott, at the NAC.

This month, August 2005, several of our dancers are travelling to Scotland with Beth Bisaillion and the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band to compete and perform in many places, and to dancer for and meet with her Majesty the Queen.

Since its inception, the School has been involved in community events, and has assisted many charitable organizations. We have danced at Seniors' Residences, CHEO's Teddy Bear's Picnic, many weddings and birthday parties, events for St. Andrew's Day and Robbie Burns Day, and at fundraisers for various projects.

Highlights of our concert performances include the Governor General's Footguards Concert, the Young People's Concert at the NAC, the East End Theatre production of The Kilt, International Child's Day, Scotland Tonight at Centrepointe Theatre, and, of course, the spectacular End of Year Recital.

Participation in a wide range of concerts and competitions gives our dancers, young and young at heart, self-confidence and pride in themselves and their accomplishments. This is what the School is all about.

"Is Ionann Rinces Beatha"    "To Dance Is To Live"

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[Last Update: 19/08/2005