Catherine Prentice - Teacher Emerita
I started dancing in 1959, here in K-W (not in Scotland as one might expect)!!! Jenny McLachlan was the only Highland Dance Teacher in the Area at that time, and she thought it would be nice to try some S.C.D. and advertised for interested participants to learn S.C.D. after her Highland Classes. I became really hooked and was recommended to take my Preliminary in 1961, which I did with much trepidation, as Miss Milligan was to be the Examiner, and from what we had heard, was very strict. However, I did manage to pass, and that was when Jenny passed on the teaching of S.C.D. to another Prelim. Teacher and myself. In 1963 I passed my Final Certificate, again under Miss Milligan, and then inherited the small class that Jenny had started, as the other prelim teacher returned to Scotland. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching, and attended as many weekends and workshops as I could, and even managed to convince John to enjoy dancing as much as I did. In 1966, John was transferred to Montreal where we joined the St. Laurent Class, and I was fortunate enough to take part in the S.C.D. demonstrations at the Place des Nations at Expo. That was a very exciting time for me, but we returned to K-W in 1967, and I was asked by Dr. Peter MacBryde to form a Class in the University of Waterloo. I taught for two years at the University, and then Peter Russell suggested that we amalgamate with the K-W group. I resumed teaching the K-W group, where I continued until my retirement in 1996. I am happy to say I still enjoy attending the classes and scheduled dances and hope to continue for many years to come.