Damon started dancing as a fifteen-year old and is convinced that his fitness and flexibility owes much that early involvement. His parents and his brother all danced, and he still meets up with his brother on the dance floor from time to time. Damon and his wife Gaye have extended their knowledge and appreciation of the “family” of Scottish Country Dancers in recent years by dancing in England, Scotland, France and Germany. Damon has taught at day schools, weekend schools, a Winter School in Australia and summer schools in New Zealand.
Gaye’s dancing profile began with Irish dancing at the age of six. She competed nationally, holds her International Teaching and Adjudicating Certificates, gained in her twenties, and ran her own dancing school for twenty years. She came to Scottish Country Dancing at the age of eighteen and since gaining her teacher’s certificate in Scottish Country Dancing has taught day and weekend schools around Australia and New Zealand as well as teaching a class at a New Zealand Summer School. She is thoroughly enjoying sharing the teaching of the Lower Hutt Club with her hubby, Damon.
Iain gained his teacher’s certificate at the Cambridge Summer School 2013-2014. He is now the new tutor of the juniors, replacing Diane. He has helped relieve the junior class when Diane has been unavailable and has also been teaching Eastbourne on and off over the last few years.
Diane has been dancing since 2000. She successfully gained her teachers certificate during the Dunedin Summer School 2010-2011. Since qualifying she has taught at the Wellington Region classes, JAM Camp, weekend schools & Summer School. She taught the club’s Children’s Class for 8 years and is currently the NZ Branch Youth Co-ordinator as well as being Club President.
Catherine began Highland Dancing as a child, and picked up Scottish Country Dancing in 1982 after completing her Highland Dancing diploma. She taught Highland Dancing for 20 years, and is currently an adjudicator. Catherine gained her Teaching Certificate in Scottish Country Dancing at the beginning of 2010. She taught the Lower Hutt club for three years, and has taught regional classes at all levels. Catherine currently relieves at various clubs as requested.
Elizabeth comes from a Scottish background where both her Parents were born in Scotland. This led to her taking an early interest in Scottish Country Dancing and she began attending Linden Club at the age of 9. This interest developed and she gained her full teachers certificate in 1981. She has tutored Linden, Plimmerton and Lower Hutt Clubs. She has taught at several Summer Schools, weekend schools and has taken numerous region classes.
Susanna has been Scottish dancing ever since she can remember, around New Zealand and during her OE in Germany. She gained her teacher’s certificate in January 2010. Susanna is reasonably busy bringing up the next generation of dancers and can now assemble a full set within her immediate family (even though some of them can’t walk yet!). Every so often she manages to come to club and teach the grownups too.
Andrea started dancing in England when she was 9 years old and continued dancing after moving to New Zealand a year later. In 2013 she had the pleasure of teaching fortnightly at Tawa Club, practising for her teaching certificate. She gained her teaching certificate at Cambridge Summer School 2013-2014.