Margaret Todd

The RSOBHD are saddened to hear of the passing of Margaret Todd who passed on Monday 20th June 2022.  Mrs Todd was a former long-standing member of the RSOBHD Technical and Judges’, a former RSOBHD Independent Member as well as a RSOBHD Adjudicator.

In 2002 Mrs Todd was the recipient of the Atholl Clasp for her life long dedication to Highland Dancing and in 2005 become an Honorary Member of the RSOBHD.

Mrs Todd’s funeral will take place on Friday 1st July at 10.30am at Law Village Church and on to Carluke Wilton Cemetery.

Our thoughts are with Margaret’s family and friends at this time.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Many congratulations to RSOBHD Adjudicator and Independent Member Frances Paterson who has been awarded the Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Music and Dance Education for Young People.

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Platinum Jubilee Celebration: A Gallop Through History

A group of RSOBHD dancers recently performed at ‘A Gallop Through History’ in the grounds of Windsor Castle, as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The event ran from 12 – 15 May 2022 and was attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

The show featured more than 1,000 performers and told the story of the monarchy from Elizabeth I to the current Queen, Elizabeth II.

Dancers performing at ‘A Gallop Through History’

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Maree Allen OAM

The RSOBHD are saddened to hear of the passing of Maree Allen OAM, a former member of the RSOBHD Judges Panel, who passed on Thursday 24 March 2022.

Maree was instrumental in forming the Australian Board of Highland Dancing (ABHDI) over 60 years ago. She was a former President of the ABHDI and a founding member of Scottish Dancing Association of Australia (SDAA). She also worked diligently for ABHDI judges to be accepted on the World Wide Panel of judges. Maree was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2013 for her service to Highland Dancing as a teacher, adjudicator and administrator.

Our thoughts are with Maree’s family and many friends at this time.

 

A personal reflection from RSOBHD President Billy Forsyth MBE:

I still carry around the postcard Maree sent me in the 1980s with an outline of Australia printed over a map of Europe to emphasise the size of the ‘Big Island’ in comparison to Europe and Scotland.

I tell everyone, especially overseas, who sent me that postcard and why.

We must never forget the Dancers, Teachers and Judges in our Highland Dance Community who are far away from Scotland, and make sure they are consulted and listened to here at the RSOBHD.  That lesson is Maree’s Legacy and her contribution to my approach to our dancing world.

Where would we be without the contributions of Maree and the other overseas pioneers of Scottish traditions, passing on that enthusiasm and emotion to later generations

Maree I salute you, a friend for life and an inspiration for the future

Billy Forsyth
President RSOBHD

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Congratulations Celia Orr MBE

Congratulations to Celia Orr MBE for teaching highland dancing for 50 years. Celia was presented with a certificate at her 50th Anniversary Charity Show by Chairperson Christine Lacey MBE. (Photo by Mary Anne Hall.)

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Margaret Callender

The RSOBHD are saddened to hear of the passing of Margaret Callender, a former member of the RSOBHD Judges Panel, who passed on Monday 21st February 2022. Our thoughts are with Margaret’s many many friends at this time.

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Irene Baird

The RSOBHD are saddened to hear of the passing of Irene Baird, a former member of the RSOBHD Judges Panel, who passed on Thursday 3rd February 2022.

Our thoughts are with Irene’s family and many friends at this time.

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Congratulations Aileen Robertson

Congratulations to the 2021 RSOBHD Atholl Clasp recipient Aileen Robertson. Aileen was presented with her clasp at the RSOBHD AGM by Liz Douglas, Chairman of the Atholl Dancing Association, who sponsor the clasp.

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Tattoo Dance Company

Applications for the 2022 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Dance Company are now being accepted.

Applications close 14th January 2022.

2022 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Tattoo Dance Company Application Form

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Virginia International Tattoo – Team Application Form 2022

Applications for the 2022 Virginia International Tattoo Dance Team are now being accepted.

Applications close 14th January 2022.

2022 Virginia International Tattoo Highland Dancer Application Form

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