British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) Medal Testing
May 18, 2017
Meet the Examiner
Diane Krugh is returning to GMPA for the third consecutive year to administer medal tests to Highland dancers.
Diane is a Senior Examiner with the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dancing). Along with her friend, Joy Tolev, Diane is the co-coordinator of the North American Sadie Simpson Scholarships sponsored by the BATD. Diane passed her Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD) Judges exam in 1983 and has been judging for over 30 years. She has been blessed to travel all over the world examining, teaching, and judging and has loved every minute of it!
Diane was never the top winner and only won one trophy during her time dancing. She likes to emphasize that one does not always have to be a champion to be successful in highland dance, but when you have the passion for it and love what you do, then you will find success.
Testing schedule will be released closer to May 18 and will be kept as close to class time as possible for those who take a class at GMPA on Thursdays.
BATD Sadie Simpson North American Scholarships & Highland Weekend
September 29-October 1, 2017
North American Sadie Simpson Scholarships are held annual in a different North American city. The 2017 location is Nashville, TN.
Dancers who excel in their medal tests and meet certain qualifications (check with your teacher for more details) have the opportunity to be nominated as a candidate for this event where they compete in a solo choreography competition, participate in a master class and write a paper on theory.
Heather Morris School of Dance has had the following candidates:
2016 Toronto, ON - Mariah Rust
2015 San Diego, CA - Mariah Rust & Cameron Starkey
2014 Seattle, WA - Cameron Starkey
2011 Chicago, IL - Julia Spensley & Olivia Gates
2008 Atlantic City, NJ - Olivia Gates
2007 Edmonton, AB - Ashley Davidson
2006 San Antonio, TX - Katie Levasseur