Teachers for the TAC Summer School 2022 will be 
Raphaëlle Orgeret - Lyon, France   Robert McOwen - Boston, MA  
Barbara Johnston - Edmonton, AB   Jeanne Moody - San Diego, CA

 

 

 

Raphaëlle Orgeret

Lyon, France

 

 
 
I was introduced to Scottish dancing by my mother and attended Summer School for the first time in 1998.  I was hooked and haven't stopped dancing since.  I passed the Teacher’s Certificate in St Andrews in 2008.  I teach a Lyon Branch class and a children’s class.  For several years I have coached a team for the Newcastle Festival made up of friends from across Europe and called it the International Team.  Since then coached my own Lyon branch team for the competition.  I have been the Branch Chairman since 2016 and I organise weekend schools and other events for the branch. My branch has a large and important number of teenagers, who keep me on my toes!
 
I've taught at the RSCDS Summer School, Winter School in Pitlochry, and at several Spring Flings as well as workshops across Europe.  I was lucky enough to teach at the Australian Winter School and Asilomar weekend. These experiences were wonderful, I've met so many lovely people, danced to incredible musicians, and experienced new ways of dancing. I'm very much looking forward to discovering Canada and meeting you all!
 
Outside of dancing, I'm a primary school teacher.

 

Robert McOwen Boston, MA

 

 

 

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, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.  He also conducted the class for candidates for the Teaching Certificate for the RSCDS in Boston in 1986. 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.  He has taught weekly classes in highland dancing in the Boston area and has trained dancers to compete in highland games in the New England Area. In 2002, he and Karen Mahoney formed Highland Dance Boston, a performing company. Robert has also been artistic director of Scottish dance and music concerts in Boston, including  Burns Night Concerts with Jean Redpath and Alasdair Fraser.  In addition, he has done some theatrical work with community theatre groups, including the choreography for a production of Brigadoon in 1991. As a musician, Robert has been playing Scottish music for dances and concerts since 1974; he appears on recordings with the Berkeley Scottish Players, Tullochgorum, Pipes Awa', Muckle Carffufle, and Sprig of Ivy.  In his "spare time", Robert is a Professor of Mathematics at Northeastern University

 

Barbara Johnston  Edmonton, AB

 

 

 

 

I was born in the Border City of Carlisle, England, and attended ballet, Tap, Jazz, and SCD starting at age four with teacher Kathleen Rooney and pianist Nancy Dixon. I participated yearly in dance festivals throughout the Borders, often adjudicated by Miss Milligan.  In my late teens, I gave up weekly classes but still attended SCD functions with my mother; those were the days of packed ballrooms, flowing ball gowns, and long-sleeved gloves which I continue to wear.

After entering the nursing profession, I met and married into another strong Border family, the Johnstons. After moving to Canada in 1981, I concentrated on raising our family. In 1987, when by chance I attended a children’s Christmas party, my love for the music and dance was stirred by the demonstration team of the Edmonton Caledonian Branch, of which I became a member. Those early years of technique drill made dancing fun!  With the children grown, I was encouraged to take my teaching certificate under the guidance of Ron Wallace. I completed my preliminary certificate at the TAC Candidate Course in Vancouver in 1998, and then took the Full certificate course in Waterloo in 2000 with my former examiner, Mary Brandon.

Since 1998 I have been teaching adults of all levels and abilities, including our performance team, as well as children and youth classes weekly. Just for good measure, and to keep me humble, I took up teaching an Old-Time dance class which allows me to sneak in some Scottish dances and music.

Paying forward to those who have helped me on my dance journey I served as the TAC Corresponding Secretary for 6 years and have sat in many board positions for the Edmonton Branch.

I’ve had the honor and delight to guest teach throughout Canada, N.W.T, and the USA. I look forward to sharing my love for dance, and music and having some fun with you.

 

Jeanne Moody San Diego, CA

 

 

 

I started Scottish Country Dancing at Bryn Mawr College in the Delaware Valley Branch, PA, then continued dancing in Portland, OR, and now San Diego, CA. It’s been my pleasure to teach a dedicated beginner’s class since receiving my teaching certification in 2012, and my deepest satisfaction comes from the core group who return every season to welcome new dancers. I’ve been fortunate to teach at the Asilomar weekend, Truckee, and New Mexico. The pandemic gave me the opportunity to expand to online instruction where I welcomed a weekly class of dancers from all over California. My living room floor has never been so consistently swept! I had the great honor of teaching a DSAH class but am very happy to return to dancing in person.

When not dancing I work as a medicinal chemist in drug discovery. It’s a challenging and rewarding pursuit.

I absolutely love sharing the joy of this dance form. It is my hope to always make dancing approachable and elegant – “to make the music visible.” May our capacity to celebrate our music, our dancing, and the rich and varied community of SCD always grow!