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.