Accomplished AHDA Dancers 2019
The Antigonish Highland Dancing Association had seven dancers earn a spot on the Nova Scotia provincial team in 2019. They will compete at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series in Moncton and include:
Brooke Hayne: first runner-up, 7 & under 10 years – from the Grant School of Highland Dance and teacher Shelley Rovers
Adelaide MacDonald: champion, 10 & under 12 – from the Grant School of Highland Dance and teacher Shelley Rovers
Karly Boyle: first runner-up, 10 & under 12 – from the Grant School of Highland Dance and teacher Shelley Rovers
Rachel Reid: second runner-up, 10 & under 12 – from the Smith School of Highland Dance and teacher Janet Smith
Hannah Delorey: champion, 16 & under 18 – from the MacQuarrie School of Highland Dance and teacher Janice MacQuarrie
Carly MacDonald: champion, 18 & under 21 years – from the MacQuarrie School of Highland Dance and teacher Janice MacQuarrie
Taylor MacQuarrie: second runner-up, 21 & older age group – under the direction of both Sabra MacGillivray and Janice MacQuarrie
Brooke Hayne is the first runner-up and Nova Scotia representative for the 7 & under 10 years category and is excited to be representing Nova Scotia for the first time at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series. Brooke is the daughter of Robin and Corey Hayne, she is 8 years old and is in Grade 2 at St. Andrews Consolidated School. She started dancing at the age of four and is appreciative of the guidance and support she receives from her teacher Shelley Rovers. Brooke loves to dance and compete, and in the winter months she also enjoys playing hockey as an Antigonish Bulldog. She is extremely lucky to share in this experience on team NS with her older cousin Hannah!
Adélaïde MacDonald is the Nova Scotia champion in the 10 & under 12 years category and is 11 years old. The daughter of Mike and Michaele MacDonald from Heatherton, she will be representing Nova Scotia at the ScotDance Canadian Championships in Moncton, NB for the second time, in addition to representing Ontario in 2017. Adélaïde started Highland dancing at the age of 4 and recently added classical ballet and ukulele to her curriculum. She takes pride at being a pupil of Grant Dancers under the direction of Shelley Rovers, who continuously encourages Adélaïde to strive for her personal best. “She believe she could, so she did” is one of Adélaïde’s favourite quotes.
Karly Boyle is the first runner up in the 10 and under 12 age category and is excited to be representing Nova Scotia for the second time at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series. She began dancing at the age of four and is very appreciative of her teacher, Shelley Grant Rovers, for spending countless hours supporting her to be the very best dancer she can be. Karly had a very successful year of dance. She was the 2018 Atlantic champion in the 10 and under 12 age category, was awarded the Wilena MacInnis Penny Award at the 2018 Antigonish Highland Games, and had several opportunities to perform with the Grant Dancers Travel Group, including a trip to Disney World to work with Disney Performing Arts and showcase their choreographies on an international stage. She also loves to play hockey and was a member of the Atom Female Bulldogs team this past season. Karly is the daughter of Margaret and Scott Boyle of St. Andrews, and is a proud big sister to James, Bryce and Annie.
Rachel Reid is 11 years old and is the second runner-up and Nova Scotia representative in the 10 & under 12 years category. This will be Rachel’s second time representing Nova Scotia at the ScotDance Championship Series. She has been highland dancing since she was five years old with her dance teacher Janet Smith, and is the daughter of Laura Reid and Jeff Willis. Rachel is excited to be travelling to Seattle in the fall to attend the SDTA North American Conference. When not dancing, you will find Rachel on the soccer field playing competitive soccer with the U11 Antigonish Celtics.
Hannah Delorey is the Nova Scotia champion in the 16 & under 18 years category. This will be Hannah’s fourth consecutive time representing Nova Scotia at the ScotDance Championship Series in Moncton this July. She has been highland dancing since she was four years old and thanks her dance teacher Janice MacQuarrie for always pushing her to reach her fullest potential. A grade 10 student, Hannah is the daughter of Jerry and Kelly Delorey of St. Andrew’s, is an older sister to Emily, and cousin to fellow NS team member Brooke Hayne.
Carly MacDonald is the 18 & under 21 Nova Scotia champion. This will be her eighth time representing Nova Scotia at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series. Carly is 18 years old and is a student of Janice MacQuarrie. She also step dances alongside her sister Courtney, and is the daughter of Roddy and Shelly MacDonald. Carly is very excited to have been chosen to be part of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo dance team for 2019 and will be spending the month of August in Edinburgh, Scotland performing nightly at the Edinburgh Castle. Carly wishes all competitors a successful 2019 Highland Games.
Taylor MacQuarrie is the second runner-up in the 21 years & over category and will be representing Nova Scotia for the ninth time at the Canadian Championships. The daughter of Laurie Halfpenny MacQuarrie and Blaine MacQuarrie of Port Hawkesbury, she is a two-time Atlantic champion, dancing since the age of seven. Taylor is a student of Janice MacQuarrie and Sabra MacGillivray and has traveled to Scotland many times to compete at various championships, including at the Worlds three times. She performed in the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland in 2016 and 2018 as a member of the Canadiana Celtic dance troupe. Taylor has been step dancing for the past 14 years and enjoys dancing at local community functions and performance venues. She graduated from StFX University in 2018 with a BSc degree in Nursing and has been employed with the NS Healthy Authority at the Strait Richmond Hospital.