Erin Mansfield  

Fellow - British Association of Teachers of Dance

Judge - Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing

 

Erin is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she danced for many years.  She represented Nova Scotia for seven consecutive years at Interprovincial Championships, and was a member of the Amethyst Scottish Dancers of Nova Scotia.  As a member of Amethyst, Erin has traveled extensively, performing in Texas, Mexico, England, Wales, Scotland, and the Netherlands.  Before leaving Halifax, Erin taught weekly dance lessons for the Halifax Regional Municipality in addition to private lessons and workshops.

 

Since moving to Ottawa, Erin has continued to have a successful highland dance career with the Macdonald Dancers of Ottawa.  As an individual, her greatest competitive achievements were qualifying as a finalist in the World Highland Dance Championships in Dunoon, Scotland and placing in the Top 6 at the Ontario Closed Championships. As part of a strong choreography team, Erin has had great success in group competitions, including several top three finishes at both the Scotdance Canada Championship Series and United States Inter-regionals, in addition to winning choreography challenges at many highland games such as New Brunswick, Celtic Classic, Loon Mountain, Summerside, and Loch Norman.  She is currently an active member of the Ottawa Police Service Highland Dancers and has performed with the band in Cleveland, OH and at the Maxville Highland Games Tattoo.

 

In 2007, Erin successfully completed the exam to become an adjudicator of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dance.  Since early 2008, she has travelled all over Canada and the Eastern US to judge competitions.  As of 2010, Erin will be a full member of the panel judging both competitions and championships.

 

Erin began teaching in Ottawa upon completion of her university and professional education.  After starting very successful programs at the Glebe Community Centre and the Old Town Hall Community Centre, Erin made the move to open her own dance studio - Bytown Highland Dancers.  The studio has enjoyed several studio facilites in downtown Ottawa over the past 11 years, and is excited to take up residence as of July 1, 2017 at KV Dance Studios in the Glebe.  Classes are offered to more than 40 students from ages 4 to adult, from Primary to Premier, recreational and exams!

 

Outside of the dance studio, Erin is a Certified Management Accountant and is the Accountant at Ottawa Sport and Social Club.


Sara Bruce
Fellow - British Assoc. of Teacher of Dance - Highland/National
Associate - British Assoc. of Teachers of Dance - Ballet 

Sara has been an active member in the Ottawa area highland dance community for over 20 years. She has competed across Canada and in the United States at local, provincial and national events.  Some of her fondest memories are of travelling across Canada to many Scotdance Canada Championship Series.  Sara has studied highland dance across Ontario, briefly in British Columbia and has even taken lessons in New Zealand. Over the last 10 years, Sara has had the opportunity to be involved with teaching dance at the Rosemary Breman School of Dance and the Hart School of Highland Dance.  Currently, Sara performs with the Ottawa Police Service, RCMP and Cameron Highlanders Pipe Bands. In 2010, Sara performed at the Cleveland Police Memorial Tattoo, the re-dedication ceremony of the Museum of Nature by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the RCMP Sunset Ceremonies, as well as many other community events and fundraisers.  Sara is a BATD Member in Highland and an Associate in Ballet.  In between dance classes, Sara completed her Masterís of Human Kinetics in 2009 and now works for the Federal Government.


Kayleigh Macdonald Armstrong

Member - Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance

Kayleigh has been involved extensively with various types of dancing for most of her life.  She started with Highland dancing at the young age of 2 and then added Ballet, Tap and Jazz to her competitive repertoire by age 5, competitive Rhythmic Gymnastics at age 8, as well as competitive cheerleading at age 15. 
 
Her dancing career has seen her win numerous awards in Canada and abroad, including the 2005 Canadian Inter-Provincial Champion and 2003 Ontario Provincial Champion.  She was the grateful recipient of the James L. McKenzie National Scholarship in 2003.  Outside of highland, she has also won numerous individual and Top Talent Awards for Tap and Jazz, provincial titles for rhythmic gymnastics and national titles for cheerleading. 
 
Outside of competition, Kayleigh enjoys the performing aspect of highland, and was one of the selected dance for both the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2008 and The Basel Tattoo in Switzerland 2013 - both highlights of her dance career.


In April 2011 Kayleigh earned her Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from Algonquin College.  She has subsequently earned her professional accreditation as a Personal Trainer with CSEP and is a Professional Member of the Scottish Dance Teachersí Alliance.  

 

In her spare time, she assists with the physical training at the Macdonald School of Highland Dancing in Ottawa and has taught at various dance workshops.  She is also a coach for Black Widow Cheer Gym.  Kayleigh still enjoys competing when she can, and also enjoys performing regularly with the Ottawa Police Services Pipes & Drums.

Lindsay Munro de Leeuw

Member - Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance

Originally from Ottawa, Lindsay Munro has been a successful competitive Highland dancer since the age of six and has competed across Canada, the United States, Scotland, Australia and in the Netherlands.  She has taught dance workshops across Canada from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island, and from 2007-2009 she was the Director of Highland Dancing at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside, PEI.  Over her career, she has been a guest performer for numerous dignitaries including Governor General Michaelle Jean, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and most notably, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and H.R.H. Prince Philip, as part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland.

Lindsay is a talented choreographer who has created numerous winning and entertaining dances.  Her creations have received top honors at the BATD Maritimes Dance Festival, the Summerside Highland Gathering, the Atlantic Championships and the New Hampshire Highland Games. 

Since returning to Ottawa, Lindsay has been an active member and choreographer for the Ottawa Police Service Highland Dancers, who have performed in Cleveland at the International Police Tattoo, for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's visit in Ottawa and at the Maxville Highland Games Tattoo.  She also enjoys teaching periodically and choreographing for the Bytown Highland Dancers.

Outside of the dance studio Lindsay is the Project Manager for the Council of the Federation Secretariat.

 

Megan MacDonald

Member - Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance

Megan started her highland dancing career in the small town of Rothesay, New Brunswick at the age of eight, making the switch from gymnastics after seeing a tartan tea performance from a local dance school. Here she gained experience competing across the Maritimes and performing with the Gaelach Breachan dance troupe.

In recent years Megan prefers to focus her dancing on performing rather than competing. She dances with the Ottawa Police Service and RCMP pipe bands and was previously a member of the Rob Roy performance group. These groups have given her opportunities to perform at the Fort Henry tattoo, Ottawa Sunset ceremonies, and during the Piping Live! Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Other career highlights include performing in the Royal Nova Scotia Military Tattoo in 2012 and participating in the World Highland dance qualifiers at Cowal, Scotland in 2009.

Megan started her teaching career assisting with classes in New Brunswick, but took a break from teaching through university. In 2014, Megan received her memberís with the SDTA and she is excited to pass on her love for dance to the Bytown dancers.

Outside of dance Megan has a Masterís in Economics and works as an Economist with the Department of Finance.

Sam Warren

BATD Associate-In-Training

Sam began highland dancing at the age of 7, following in the footsteps of her older sister. With just over 10 years of experience Samantha has had many unique dancing experiences,including performing in several tattoos at the Maxville highland games and performing for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll at Balmoral castle in Scotland in 2013, a career highlight for her! Sam enjoys competing at highland dance competitions in Eastern Ontario and Quebec and competed at the Scotdance Canada Championship Series in Montreal. She competed internationally at the New Hampshire highland games in Loon Mountain in 2014. She loves taking part in choreographies and has been a member of several top placing dances at competitions in Ottawa and New Hampshire! Her passion and love for dance has led her to take the next step and will be taking her Associates exam in the near future!  She hopes she can help others to fall in love with dancing the way she has!

Adrianna Spoerel-Connelly

BATD Associate-In-Training

Adrianna started highland dancing at the age of eight and grew up dancing at Erin's studio. For close to ten years, Adrianna has experienced dancing at numerous events such as Robbie Burns Day, Tartan Day on Parliament Hill, and recitals at retirement residences. She started competing at the age of ten, enjoying it ever since, and recently moved up to Premier in February 2015. She has competed in many places around Eastern Ontario, Quebec, and internationally at the 2014 New Hampshire Highland Games in Loon Mountain. She also competed at the Scotdance Canada Champion Series in Montreal 2013 and at the 2015 SDCCS in London, Ontario. She has participated and has enjoyed dancing in many choreography numbers and has been a part of many top placed choreographies in Ottawa and New Hampshire. She is working on her dance exams and is excited to be writing her Associate exam in the near future! Adrianna is a passionate and determined dancer hoping to one day teacher others the skills of becoming a excellent dancer and to help them find a passion for highland dancing.