Jennifer Worthen

Highland Dance

Jennifer is a former Provincial Champion dancer who began dancing at the age of 7 in her hometown of Stellarton. Under the instruction of Janice Macquarrie, Jennifer successfully competed for 14 years, representing Nova Scotia at the Canadian Championships for 10 years. One of Jennifer’s competitive highlights was winning a silver medal in the Scottish Championships at the Cowal Highland Gathering in Scotland. As a performer, some of Jennifer’s fondest memories were with the performing group, the “Scotia Highland Dancers” and the Musical production “Sail on Nova Scotia”.

Jennifer has been teaching highland dance for over 30 years, during which time some of her students have won Provincial Closed and Atlantic Canada Open Championships, among other championships. Jennifer’s dance school has performed at the Stirling Castle in Scotland, Disney Performing Arts in Florida, and numerous local performances in Dartmouth/Halifax. Over the years, many of Jennifer’s students have become qualified dance teachers themselves.

Jennifer is a Fellow with the SDTA and has been a member of the RSOBHD Judges’ Panel for over 20 years, and has enjoyed judging in Canada, United States, Australia, and Scotland. Jennifer has held many volunteer positions in her dancing community, which include President of the Halifax Highland Dance Association, ScotDance Nova Scotia Secretary, Provincial Competition Organizer, Provincial Professional and Dancer Registrar, ScotDance Canada Secretary, and is currently the ScotDance Canada Vice-President. As a competition organizer, she is regularly involved in organizing local competitions, championships, premierships, and workshops. She was part of the “Organizing Committee” for the ScotDance Canada Championship Series in 2011, 2017, 2019 and is looking forward to Chairing this event in Halifax in 2023. Besides running a large dance school in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Jennifer is a retired elementary school teacher with a Master of Education Degree in Leadership and Social Justice.
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