Top dancing judges line up for Cowal - Cowal Highland Gathering
25th - 27th August 2022


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Top dancing judges line up for Cowal

Some of the world’s most respected Highland Dancing experts are preparing to judge the world’s best Highland Dancers at this year’s Cowal Highland Gathering (CHG).

Once again the adjudication team comes from the four corners of the globe, heading to Dunoon from Scotland, Canada, the USA, South Africa and Australia. The 12-strong team will oversee the most important events in the global Highland Dancing calendar – the Scottish National Highland Dancing Championships (on the Thursday), the Scottish Championship and the qualifiers for the World Highland Dancing Championship (Friday) and the final of the World Highland Dancing Championship (Saturday).

Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns said: “We are delighted to announce this prestigious adjudication panel, which boasts 12 individuals with the necessary expertise and experience to judge the world’s greatest Highland Dancing festival. “The dancers currently practising for Cowal Highland Gathering have a huge challenge ahead. Not only are they up against the finest competition in the world, but they’re also dancing in front of some of the best judges in the world and, of course, the most discerning audience in the world as well!

“We’re very grateful to the various dancing organisations who have helped us in the adjudication panel selection process, and we look forward to another Highland Dancing extravaganza when the 2015 Gathering kicks off on August 27.”

The judges for this year are:
• Joe Simpson (Scotland)
• Yvonne Wylie (Scotland)
• Leona MacDonald (Scotland)
• Elizabeth Smith (Scotland)
• Kathleen O’Donnell (Scotland)
• Linda Rankin (Scotland)
• Sue Driver (South Africa)
• Mary Manifold (Canada)
• Kelly Biduke (Canada)
• Tracey Heazlett (Australia)
• Bill Weaver (USA)
• Elizabeth Weaver (USA)

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The organisations which helped in the selection process and provided the judging team are the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD), ScotDance Canada, the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators (FUSTA), the Australian Board of Highland Dancing Inc (ABHDI), UKA Dance and the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance (SDTA).

This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering runs from Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 August.

For more information about the event or to buy tickets, please visit the Gathering’s website at or contact the event office by emailing or phoning 01369 703206.