The CHDC Team

Leslie MacDougall

Director
BATD - Member, SDO - Member, WOHDA - President, BATD Western Ontario - Treasurer, SDCCS 2015 - Co-Chair

Leslie MacDougall is a Certified Teacher for the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, Member of ScotDance Ontario and is Treasurer for the BATD of Western Ontario, President of WOHDA and the Past Co-Chair of SDCCS 2015 in London, Ontario. She has been the Director of Cambridge Highland Dancers for 24 years.

A former student of Gladys Forrester in Toronto, she has is also trained in Classical Ballet, Jazz and was a competitive gymnast. Leslie began dancing with Gladys at the age of seven and entered her first competition a year later at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. She competed consistently until the age of nineteen throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and Scotland winning numerous trophies. Under Gladys, she performed as part of a troupe of singers and dancers that performed at the Royal Alexandria Theatre in a British pantomime of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, alongside Lionel Blair, and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Leslie received her teaching certificate when she was eighteen and has been teaching ever since, except for a short break when she was raising three children. She also now enjoys special time with her first born granddaughter. Leslie loves to share her passion for the Art and Sport of Highland Dance to younger dancers to promote and continue the future of Highland Dance.

Sharon Millen-Schmidt

R.A.D, R.T.S, E.C.E
Ballet

Miss. Millen has been dancing since the age of 4 and has never stopped! She began her training of ballet under the direction of Miss Josephine Both of Cambridge Ontario. She then went onto study under the direction of Miss. Dianne Long, ARAD AISTD, and continued on to work for her at the Cambridge Theatre Dance School until June of 2011. Miss. Millen had the pleasure of being the Head of The Ballet Department at the Cambridge Theatre Dance School between the years of 2006-2011.

Throughout her training Miss. Millen also had the pleasure to be trained by Barbra Jacobs of Les Grands Ballet Canadien and Elaine Ottis of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. During her younger years Miss Millen performed and studied with the Black Walnut Ballet Company of Waterloo Ontario and graduated from the Integrated Arts Program at Eastwood Collegiate of Kitchener, Ontario. She holds her Elementary Executant Ballet Certificate and her Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies with Registered Teaching Status with the Royal Academy of Dance, both her Advanced Modern Certificate and the Gold Jazz Award with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance along with her Registered Early Childhood Educator status with the College of Early Childhood Educators.

Miss Millen is married and has three beautiful daughters. Miss. Millen holds a great passion for the art of dance and enjoys the many rewards that come with introducing the world of dance to children of all ages. She is very much looking forward to meeting both the students and families here at Cambridge Highland Dance and Company.

Stefanie Rutherford

B.A., B.Ed., O.C.T., A.I.S.T.D.
Modern Theatre Dance

Stefanie Rutherford is a certified teacher for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, as well as an Ontario Certified Teacher, with qualifications in the Primary and Junior levels (kindergarten to 6). She is currently working as an occasional teacher for both the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

Stefanie started her dance career at the age of 5 when she began dancing at Cambridge Theatre Dance Studio where she trained in Ballet and Modern dance. She graduated with her Advanced 2 Modern Theatre Dance Certificate and the Gold Jazz Award with the I.S.T.D. She also holds her Grade 8 Ballet Award with the R.A.D. Stefanie became a teaching assistant at the age of 13 and started teaching her own classes at 18.

Stefanie is looking forward to another year with Cambridge Highland Dance and Company!

Bridget Norris-Jones

Canadian Step Dance

Bridget began step dancing at the young age of 4. In her teens she competed in various competitions across Ontario in both in solo and group dance. She garnered several awards over the years, including top places in the prestigious Open Class. One of her favourite awards included winning the Youth Talent Search at the Western Fair where her group advanced to the Canadian Talent Search in Banff, Alberta.

Bridget has a Theatre Diploma from George Brown College and has worked as an actor/singer/dancer for many years. She also works as a producer for various arts organizations. Along with dance Bridget runs a successful business with a health and wellness company called Arbonne and she loves spending time with her husband Morgan and their two sons, Maxwell and Brooks.

Nicole Frankland

Highland Dance
BATD - Member

Nicole started dancing at the age of 7 and began competing at the age of 9 as one of Leslie’s first competitive students. Nicole quickly proved herself by being the first to win many special awards for the Cambridge Highland Dancers and as the first student to compete at the Championship level. Her very successful competitive career has taken her all over Canada, the United States and Scotland. Nicole is now a proud Member of the B.A.T.D. (Highland) since 2014. Over the years there have been many memories in addition to competitions. Nicole was nominated and attended three B.A.T.D. North American Sadie Simpson Highland Scholarship weekends placing as high as 1st runner up. She was also the recipient of the Sadie Simpson Memorial Scholarship in 2010.

Other special highlights of her career include performing at Walt Disney World, Florida, as well as dancing alongside Juno award winning performers, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and being featured on RogersTV, CTV, CBC and BBC News. Nicole was also selected for the 2016 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Highland Dance team that performed on the esplanade of Edinburgh castle for the month of August as one of eight Canadians to make the cut on a team of 50 dancers. The 25 show run paid tribute to celebrate H.M. the Queen's 90th birthday to an audience of approximately 9000 people a night, totalling over 220,000 people for the month.

Nicole recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.A Honours Recreation and Sport Business/Economics, Co-op. After reflecting on her fifteen year competitive career she hopes to continue being a strong competitor and aspires to become an adjudicator with the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD).

Giesela Goetz (Lukow)

Highland Dance
BATD - Member

Giesela has been dancing since the age of 6 with the Hart School of Highland Dance in Windsor, under the direction of Marjorie and Moira Hart. Giesela competed regularly until her late teens throughout Canada, U.S.A. and Scotland; collecting trophies along the way.

In 2000, Giesela received her teaching diploma with the BATD and has been a Professional Member since. In July 2011 Giesela, her husband and children moved to Fergus. Passing on her love for highland to her daughter, they have been a part of CHDC since moving to Fergus. She loves to share her knowledge and love for highland dancing to the students at CHDC.

Rachel Quinn

Highland Dance
BATD - Member

Rachel started dancing at the age of 4 and began her competitive career at the age of 7. She has been a part of our dance family for over 17 years. Rachel has competed successfully throughout Canada and the United States winning many overall trophies. She has also been nominated and attended several BATD North American Scholarships placing as high as 1st runner up in the Toronto Scholarships.

In September of 2014, Rachel sat her BATD Professional Members Exam attaining a mark in the 90’s. Rachel hopes now to pass along her love of highland dance, the dedication, hard work and perseverance she has learned to new and younger dancers.

Rachel is in her third year at the University of Western Ontario where she is studying honors French and Community Development. During summers and over holidays she returns to the studio for lessons and participates in choreographies.

Daniel Carr

Guest Instructor

Daniel began dancing at the age of 3 with the Sheila Milne School of Dance in Owen Sound, Ont. Daniel received world class training in highland dance from Mrs. Milne as well as Ballet, Modern and Musical Theatre from many other great instructors that came from all over the world to teach at Sheila's dance studio. Aside from dancing, Daniel has also studied bagpipes under Ed Neigh of Waterloo, Ontario. Some highlights of his highland dancing career have included becoming an Ontario, Canadian and World Champion.

Mike Reid

Professional Bag Piper

Mike began piping with the 296 Air Cadet Squadron in Cambridge when he was 13 years old. One of the highlights of that time was being a member of the National Cadet contingent pipe band that performed at the Santa Rosa highland games in California.

He joined the Highland Fusiliers of Canada Reserve Army Unit at age 17. Through them he had opportunities to perform at Exhibition Stadium for the Queen's visit in 1984. In the summer of 1986 while on course in Ottawa he was invited to play with the C.F.B. Rockcliffe Pipes and Drums under the direction of Pipe Major William Gilmour. The band traveled to Colorado Springs and played several engagements for the U.S. Military. The band also performed with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra for the July 4th celebration held in Colorado. While a member of the military he also was a member of a civilian pipe band known as the Cambridge and District Pipes and Drums. The band was successful and won the status of Champion Supreme Grade 3, in 1986.

He joined the Hamilton Police Pipe Band in 1997 and remained with them until 2009 competing at the Grade 4 – Grade 2 levels. The Band travelled to Scotland where it competed in the World Championships in 2005, 2007, and 2009.

He currently holds the position as the Pipe Major since 2009 with the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada Pipes and Drums.

Mike has piped for CHDC in their year-end recitals for the past nine years and on most studio dance outs. He pipes regularly for dance classes which gives the girls great practise and wonderful exposure to dancing with a live piper. Michael is highly involved in the dance community both as a dance father and as a dance piper within the Cambridge Highland Dance & Company Studio and in 2013 is on the pipers list with ScotDance Ontario.

Mike is often hired to play at special occasions such as weddings, funerals, and other special events. Enquiries can be emailed to: mreid195@hotmail.com