GMHG Highland Dancing Schedule of Events 2006
Co-Directors: Jo Kalat, Pat Johnston, Mary Recknagel, David Coulter

Judges: Shelia Mittig, Novi, MI; Betty Lawrence, Oklahoma City, OK; Cathie Gibbs, Oakdale, CT

Pipers: Matt Turnbull, Seattle, WA; John Recknagel, Tucker, GA
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games is honored to be sanctioned by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing to hold the Atlantic International Championships. The winners are scored under three judges marking independently. The Championship is held over four dances. Competitors must dance the same sequence of championship steps laid down by the Board for the calendar year.

Friday, July 7, 2006
Starts promptly at 1:00 p.m.
Premier Dancers who have never won a championship or pre-championship are eligible to compete in a pre-championship. The dancers compete in the four highland dances, Fling, Sword, Seann Triubhas and Reel and cut steps may be danced.
Saturday, July 8, 2006
Atlantic International Championships
Starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. (will break for opening ceremonies)
A championship, limited to dancers of the highest or Premier level, consists of the four highland dances, Fling, Sword, Seann Triubhas, and Reel and is adjudicated by three judges evaluating each dancer individually. 2006 Championship Steps Must Be Danced.

Saturday, July 8, 2006
Pre-Premier Competition
Starts after Championship, approximately 1:30 p.m.
Pre-Premier dancers are those who have not yet reached the Premier or Championship level. They compete in age and ability appropriate groups. Beginners and Novices advance by winning a third place or higher in any dance in six separate competition. Intermediates stay in this category for one full year before advancing to Premier. These dancers receive medals as awards. They will be dancing:

Primary - Pas de Bas, Pas de Bas/Highcut, Fling, Sword
Beginners and Novice -Fling, Sword, Seann Triubhas
Intermediate - Fling, Sword, Seann Triubhas, Hornpipe

Sunday, July 9, 2006
Special 50th Anniversary Hornpipe
Starts promptly at 11 a.m.
This special Hornpipe competition for Premier Dancers is being held in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. It is in addition to the regular Hornpipe to be danced later and involves additional steps. The Hornpipe is common to many parts of the British Isles. It derived its name from the fact that usually the musical accompaniment was played on a hornpipe rather than on bagpipes. Hornpipes were common instruments in those days; they were comparable to our present day tin whistle. In time the dance became popular among seafaring men and is now associated with sailors. The modern Hornpipe imitates many shipyard activities common in the days of wooden ships and iron men.
Premier Nationals and Pre Premier Competition
Sunday, July 9, 2006
Starts after Special Hornpipe, approximately 12:00 p.m.
Nationals refer to dances collected from old dance masters and are more modern in origin. Although similar to Highland, the style may be more flowing and balletic. Pre Premier dancers will also be dancing the Half Tulloch, a Highland Reel. For this competition, the dances are:
Beginners and Novice -Lilt, Flora, Half Tulloch
Intermediate - Lilt, Highland Laddie, Half Tulloch, Jig
Premier -Blue Bonnets, Highland Laddie, Hornpipe, Jig

About our Judges

Sheila Mittig - Sheila McMillan Mittig was born and raised in Jamestown, Scotland where she studied all forms of dance from a very young age at the famous Stewart School of Dance in Alexandria. Miss Agnes Stewart taught her ballet, tap and Ballroom and Mrs. Jessie Stewart Haggarty MBE taught her highland. A member of the B.A.T.D. Sheila began her own Dance Studio and then prior to emigrating to the United States in 1964 Sheila took and passed the S.O.B.H.D. Judges Exam. In the United States she continued to teach however Highland only. Along with many other successful students Sheila has taught two World Champions, Noreen Keros who won the Junior World Championship and Mary Beth Miller Klein who won Juvenile and Junior World Championships in consecutive years. Sheila's daughter Alison whom she also taught is a 4 time winner of the USIR among many other championships and Sheila is proud to say that Alison is now a teacher in her own right.
Betty Lawrence - Betty Lawrence, originally from Ayr, Scotland, now lives in Oklahoma City with her husband Matthew and Scottish terrier MacDougal. She is a Member of The Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance, a Fellow and Examiner Emeritus of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing and a Member of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing judges' panel. Betty teaches Workshops through out the United States and Canada and particularly enjoys coaching for Professional Exams.
Cathie Gibbs - Cathie Peitzsch-Gibbs is a Fellow with the Highland Branch of the BATD and UKA, and a member of the adjudicators' panel of the SOBHD. Cathie has taught dancing for over 30 years in TN, KY and New England. She currently lives in Connecticut where she has a successful dancing school. Cathie also organizes dance workshops, dance competitions, and travels with her students to competitions.