Sandra is from Kirkcaldy, Scotland , and now lives in Hamilton, Canada. She was fortunate to be trained in Highland, Ballet, Tap and Ballroom with Miss Betty Haggart, who instilled in her the discipline, as well as the love for all forms of dance. . Since moving to Canada the passion for Highland dancing became stronger as she felt it important to retain her roots. She has now been teaching Highland dancing for over 50 years in Hamilton, Ontario.
Before moving to Canada, she was a competitive Highland Dancer, winning many awards and Championships including two World titles, Junior and Adult. As a dancer, she was featured on Scottish TV programmes and touring shows, and was presented to the Queen several times.
The Sandra Bald Jones Dance Studio have over the years, produced many Champion Highland Dancers, who have won major Highland dance titles including the Juvenile, Junior and Adult World Championships. North American and Canadian Championships, South African Championship, and the Grand Australasian Championship.
Over the years, Sandra has choreographed for many groups, both amateur and professional. Her own “Schiehallion Dancers” have carried the banner of Highland Dancing with performances across Canada, United States, Great Britain, Macau and Europe in such venues as the Edinburgh Tattoo, Berlin Tattoo, and Brittany’s Lorient Celtic Festival. Sandra was a Founder of “The Scottish Dance Company of Canada”, and in 2002 by invitation from Billy Forsyth, directed a Canadian Highland Dance Team who performed with other Dancers representing Commonwealth Countries at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Sandra is a Fellow, Examiner and Honorary Member of the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance; Fellow and Life Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, and an adjudicator with the Scottish Official Board’s panel of Judges. Judging, teaching, and choreographing have taken Sandra all over Canada, the United States, Scotland, Australia, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand. She is also one of the Founders and an Independent Member (Emeritus)) of ScotDance Canada and Life Member of ScotDance Ontario. In 2010 the SOBHD presented her with the Atholl Clasp for her services to Highland Dancing worldwide and another highlight of her career was when she was recently accepted as an Honorary Member with the SOBHD.