Loree Martin Vellner

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the loss of Loree Martin Vellner who passed away on Sunday 31st December 2017.

Loree passed away peacefully while in hospital December 31, 2017.  She was a gracious, kind, compassionate and generous lady who will be missed by all she touched. Loree, a former Life Member of the SDTA and SOBHD judges’ panel,  served as ScotDance Canada’s second President, and was appointed as an Independent Member in 1998. Loree retired from her Independent Member status in 2011 and subsequently was appointed an Emeritus member of ScotDance Canada. For many years, Loree was the sole sponsor of the choreography competitions at the ScotDance Canada Championship event—a true ambassador for highland dancing within and outside of Canada.  She is survived by her husband Bob, daughter Susan and son Marty. “

Our thoughts are with Loree’s family at this time. 

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Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Dance Team

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Dance Team.

Please refer to the link below for further information.


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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Tattoo Dance Company Application Form 2018

Applications for the 2018 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Dance Company are now being accepted.

For further details please click on the application form below.

REMT Tattoo Dance Company Application Form 2018

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Betty Sutherland, 2017 Atholl Clasp Recipient

Congratulations to SOBHD Independent Member Betty Sutherland, who was awarded the Atholl Clasp for 2017. Betty was presented with her award by the Atholl Dancing Association Chairman, Liz Douglas, at the 2017 SOBHD AGM.

Picture with SOBHD Chairman Christine Lacey MBE and President Billy Forsyth MBE, courtesy of Ronnie Cairns Photography.

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2016 – 2017 UK Champion of Champions

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 SOBHD UK Champion of Champions Oscar Winners and their Teachers:

Juvenile – Ellie Dalrymple (Teacher – Fiona MacNeil); Senior –  Michelle Gordon (Teacher – Brenda Gordon);  Adult –  Ellis Hayes (Teacher – Shendl Russell).

Photograph courtesy of Ronnie Cairns Photography.

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Highland Dancing Digital Marketing and Branding

The SOBHD is seeking assistance from the Highland Dancing community.  We are looking for support from anyone with Digital Marketing or Brand Development backgrounds to get involved in an exciting initiative.

We are looking to develop a new brand and logo for International Highland Dancing that will be used to market our dance form to new and current participants.  The brand we are looking for will not replace the current SOBHD logo.  This will form the core of a new Digital Marketing initiative aimed at increasing awareness of Highland Dancing with an aim of increasing dancer participation.

If you have either branding or digital marketing skills and a background in Highland Dancing and are willing to help, please get in touch with the SOBHD by emailing admin@sobhd.net by 30th November 2017.

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2017 World Champions

Many congratulations to our 2017 World Champions: Ellie Dalrymple, Tranent – World Juvenile Champion, Erin Blair, California – World Junior Champion, and Rebecca Thow, Alberta – World Adult Champion

Photograph courtesy of Ronnie Cairns.

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Dancers Required

The SOBHD are undertaking a project to produce a library of DVDs to be used in the “mock judging” section of future SOBHD Judges Tests.

To allow the SOBHD to include international dancers, a filming session will take place in Dunoon on Tuesday 22nd August from 11am to 3pm approx.

Dancers must be Premier (not champions) or Intermediate standard. Novice dancers will be acceptable if they are of a reasonable height. Dancers should be between the age of 10 and 15 years.

Dancers must be be prepared to dance the following dances:

Highland Fling (6 steps); Sword Dance (2 slow & 1 quick; Seann Triubhas (3 slow & 1 quick); Strathspey & Highland Reel (2 and 2); Half Reel of Tulloch

If you wish to participate please email admin@sobhd.net. Please note that you must have your teacher’s permission to participate.

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Mrs Mary Pattinson

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the loss of Mrs Mary Pattinson who passed away on Thursday 15th June 2017.

Mrs Pattinson’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 27th June at 10am in Church of the Sacred Hearts, 17 Harbour Street, Girvan KA26 9AJ.

Our thoughts are with Mrs Pattinson’s family at this time.

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Jean Remenda

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the loss of Jean Remenda, a former member of the SOBHD Judges’ panel, who passed away on Saturday 1st April 2017 in Port Moody, British Columbia.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Vancouver at an appropriate time.

Our thoughts are with Jean’s family at this time.

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