Emma Baird is 9 years old and is the Nova Scotia champion for age 7 & under 10 years. In addition, Emma was the first runner-up at the Halifax Open Championship, Ship Hector Heritage Championship and the 2018 Atlantic Open Championship. A grade four student at St. Andrew’s Consolidated, she started highland dancing when she was five years old with her wonderful teacher Janet Smith. Emma also takes lessons in ballet, lyrical dance and gymnastics but highland dance is her passion. She also loves playing basketball and camping in her spare time and is the daughter of Trish O’Rourke & Robb Baird.
Haley Van de Wiel
Haley van de Wiel 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. She started dancing at the age of five and is appreciative of the guidance and support she receives from her teacher Shelley Rovers. She is looking forward to more choreography performance opportunities with the Grant School of Highland Dance. Haley loves to dance and compete; she also enjoys singing and step dancing, and has been fortunate to be a part of a number of concerts and productions in Antigonish. She is a proud big sister to brothers Adam and Luke and is the daughter of Lisa Colton and Mark van de Wiel.
Adelaide MacDonald is the Nova Scotia champion in the 10 & under 12 years category and is 10 years old. The daughter of Mike and Michaele MacDonald from Heatherton, she will be competing at the ScotDance Canadian Championships for the second time as last year she represented Team Ontario, placing third overall in Canada in the 7 & under 9 years category. Quickly developing a love of highland dance and strong work ethic since she started dancing at the age of four, Adelaide first danced under teacher Jillian MacLeod. While living in Ontario for the 2016-17 season, Adelaide attended Aspects of Dance Studios, under the direction of teacher Eleanor Belton, aka ‘Ms. B’. This past year, she has danced for the Grant School of Dance with teacher Shelly Rovers.
Hannah Delorey is the second runner-up and Nova Scotia representative in the 14 & under 16 years category. This will be Hannah’s third consecutive time representing Nova Scotia at the ScotDance Championship Series. Hannah is the daughter of Jerry and Kelly Delorey of St. Andrew’s. She has been highland dancing since she was four years old and thanks her dance teacher Janice MacQuarrie for always believing in her and pushing her to work hard. Hannah is excited to be travelling to Scotland with the MacQuarrie Dancers in August to compete in three championships.
Carly MacDonald is the 16 & under 18 Nova Scotia champion. This will be her seventh time representing Nova Scotia at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series. Carly is 17 years old and is a student of Janice MacQuarrie. She also step dances at many community events and ceilidhs alongside her sister Courtney, and is the daughter of Roddy and Shelly MacDonald.
Emma Smith is the first runner-up for the 16 & under 18 years category and will represent Nova Scotia for the second time at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series. She has been dancing since she was four years old and is grateful to her teacher Janice Macquarrie for always encouraging her to work hard and be the best she can be. Emma was a member of the former Scotia Highland Dancers where she loved to perform, leading her to her roles with the Society for the Ships of 1801’s Strathglass Farewell, Keppoch Kitchen Party, “The Last Wake” and the 2018 production, A Keppoch Wedding. Emma loves her Gaelic culture and language and is a graduate of Na Gaiscich Oga program. She also enjoys playing guitar and step dancing. Emma is the proud sister to Oliver and Megan, and the daughter of Shauna Grant Smith and Bryan Smith.
Abigail was the high aggregate winner for the 18 & under 21 years category at the Nova Scotia Provincial Championships. Although she is unable to compete at the ScotDance Championship Series in Calgary, this year this would have been her sixth trip to the Canadian championships. She is a long time student of Janice MacQuarrie and is looking forward to dancing in Cowal, Scotland this summer. Abigail will graduate from Dr. J. H. Gillis High School this year and will attend St. Francis Xavier University in the fall.
Taylor MacQuarrie is the second runner-up in the 21 years & over category and will be representing Nova Scotia for the eighth time at the Canadian Championships. The daughter of Laurie Halfpenny MacQuarrie and Blaine MacQuarrie of Port Hawkesbury, she is 22 years old and is a two-time Atlantic champion, dancing since the age of seven. Taylor is a student of Janice MacQuarrie and Sabra MacGillivray and will be traveling to Scotland in August to compete at various championships. In 2016, she performed in the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland as a member of the Canadiana Celtic dance troupe, and will be returning for the 2018 Tattoo. Taylor has been step dancing for the past 14 years and enjoys dancing at local community functions and performance venues. She recently graduated from StFX University with a BSc degree in Nursing and has accepted a position with the NS Healthy Authority at the Strait Richmond Hospital.