Line up of top highland dancing judges for 2016 Cowal Gathering

Some of the world’s most respected Highland Dancing experts are getting ready to head to Dunoon at the end of August to judge the world’s best Highland Dancers at this year’s Cowal Highland Gathering.

Once again there is a stellar adjudication team whose members are coming from the USA, Canada, Australia and Scotland.

The 12-strong team will oversee the most important events in the global Highland Dancing calendar – the Scottish National Highland Dancing Championships [on the Thursday], the Scottish Championship and the qualifiers for the World Highland Dancing Championship [Friday] and the final of the World Highland Dancing Championship [Saturday].

Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns says: ‘We are delighted to announce this year’s prestigious adjudication panel and look forward to welcoming them to Dunoon at the end of August.  The panel boast 12 highly experienced individuals who have the necessary expertise to judge the world’s greatest Highland Dancing competition.

‘The dancers currently practising for Cowal Highland Gathering have a huge challenge ahead. Not only are they up against the finest competition in the world but they’re also dancing in front of some of the best judges in the world and, of course, the most discerning audience in the world as well

‘We’d like to thank the various dancing organisations who have assisted us in the panel selection process.  Everything is now in place, and we look forward to three days of fierce competition when the 2016 Gathering starts on 25th August.’

The judges for 2016 are:

  • Lindsay Reid [Scotland]
  • Ritchie Gibson [Scotland]
  • Kirsty Marsic [Scotland]
  • Eileen Graham (Scotland]
  • Alison Macgregor [Scotland)
  • Jennifer Mudie [Scotland]
  • Craig Lindsay [Australia]
  • Kathy Ferguson [Australia]
  • Michele Yonge  [Canada]
  • Nadiene Gibney [Canada]
  • Lynne Erbrick [USA]
  • Sharon Farrar [USA]

Biographies of the individual judge are online here on the Cowal Gathering website.

The organisations which helped in the selection process and provided the judging team are the British Association of Teachers of Dancing [BATD]; ScotDance Canad; the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators [FUSTA]; the Australian Board of Highland Dancing Inc [ABHDI)]; UKA Dance; and the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance [SDTA].

This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering runs from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th August.

More information about the event and ticket purchasing are available here at the Gathering website; by email to the event office: info@cowalgathering.com; or by phone: 01369 703206.

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