Highland Dancing

Antigonish Highland Games: Highland Dance

Highland dance is a style of competitive solo dancing similar to ballet and Irish dancing that was developed in the Scottish Highlands centuries ago. The dances were passed down over the years to preserve the rich heritage of the Scottish people. It is a competitive and technical dance form that requires technique, stamina, and grace to perform.

157th Antigonish Highland Games Highland Dancing Results 

Pre-premier competition results

 

Pre-Premier Results – Saturday, July 9 & Sunday July 10 

*results shown are up to 6 placings*

Primary 4 & 5

Pas de Basques

1st Alexandra Blacquiere

2nd Sophie Jane Myette

3rd Winslow Deuzic

4th Lydia Foley

5th Callie Butler

6th Elyse Foley

Pas de Basques & Highcuts

1st Sophie Jane Myette

2nd Alexandra Blacquiere

3rd Lydia Foley

4th Callie Butler

5th Elyse Foley

6th Aevan MacGillivray

Primary 6

Highland Fling

1st Claire Hoben

2nd Kallie Hicks

3rd Mary Campbell

4th Briar MacHattie

5th Mari MacKinnon

6th Kate Purcell

Sword Dance

1st Mari MacKinnon

2nd Kate Purcell

3rd Briar MacHattie

4th Claire Hoben

5th Kallie Hicks

6th Clara Lemoine

Pas de Basques

1st Mary Campbell

2nd Claire Hoben

3rd Kate Purcell

4th Clara Lemoine

5th Kallie Hicks

6th Raya Chisholm

Pas de Basques & Highcuts

1st Mary Campbell

2nd Clara Lemoine

3rd Claire Hoben

4th Kate Purcell

5th Briar MacHattie

6th Kallie Hicks

 

Beginner 7 & under:

High aggregate: Katie Taylor

Highland Fling:

1st Katie Taylor

2nd Vanna Single

3rd Freya MacKenzie

4th Breccan Maeve Burns

5th Cédric Turner

6th Kate Calder

Sword Dance:

1st Katie Taylor

2nd Vanna Single

3rd Freya MacKenzie

4th Cédric Turner

5th Breccan Maeve Burns

6th Dhara Ghore

Seann Truibhas:

1st Katie Taylor

2nd Cédric Turner

3rd Kate Calder

4th Breccan Maeve Burns

5th Chelsea Foley

6th Vanna Single

Scottish Lilt:

1st Breccan Maeve Burns

2nd Katie Taylor

3rd Kate Calder

4th Cédric Turner

5th Freya MacKenzie

 

Beginner 8:

High Aggregate: Elyse McClorey

Highland Fling:

1st Khloe Brooks

2nd Isla Purcell

3rd Elyse McClorey

4th Clara MacDonald

5th Anna Lee MacKinnon

6th Evie Breen

 

Sword Dance:

1st Elyse McClorey

2nd Anna Lee MacKinnon

3rd Nora MacInnis

4th Maia Jordan

5th Isla Purcell

6th Isabella Bryson

 

Seann Truibhas:

1st Elyse McClorey

2nd Anna Lee MacKinnon

3rd Evie Breen

4th Khloe Brooks

5th Georgia Moriarty

6th Nora MacInnis

 

Scottish Lilt:

1st Cailin Larson

2nd Elyse McClorey

3rd Nora MacInnis

4th Evie Breen

5th Anna Lee MacKinnon

6th Brielle Burns

 

Beginner 9:

High Aggregate: Ava Giacomantonio

Highland Fling:

1st Ellie Cluett

2nd Ruby Luciano

3rd Adriana Palao

4th Isabella Beaton

5th Ainsley Burgess

6th Eadlin Fraser

 

Sword Dance:

1st Ava Giacomantonio

2nd Isabella Beaton

3rd Leah Smith

4th Ainsley Burgess

5th Jenna Jones

6th Adrianna Palao

 

Seann Truibhas

1st Ava Giacomantonio

2nd Jenna Jones

3rd Ainsley Burgess

4th Lean Smith

5th Isabella Beaton

6th Ellie Cluett

 

Scottish Lilt:

1st Adriana Palao

2nd Ainsley Burgess

3rd Ruby Luciano

4th Ellie Cluett

5th Isabella Beaton

6th Jenna Jones

 

Beginner 10:

High Aggregate: Lila Tacreiter

Highland Fling:

1st Kylah Gillis

2nd Lila Tacreiter

3rd Leigha Sheppard

4th Vanessa Page

5th Abigail MacKenzie Trudgian

6th Hannah Dickson

Sword Dance:

1st Lila Tacreiter

2nd Emily Crocker

3rd Kenzie Nickerson

4th Vanessa Page

5th Abigail MacKenzie Trudgian

6th Elena Death

Seann Truibhas:

1st Lila Tacreiter

2nd Emily Crocker

3rd Kylah Gillis

4th Abigail MacKenzie Trudgian

5th Vanessa Page

6th Elena Death

Scottish Lilt:

1st Abigail MacKenzie Trudgian

2nd Lila Tacreiter

3rd Emily Crocker

4th Elena Death

5th Vanessa Page

6th Kenzie Nickerson

 

Beginner 11 & Over:

High Aggregate: Faryn Cutcliffe

Highland Fling:

1st Faryn Cutcliffe

2nd Libby Fraser

3rd Kaia Craik

4th Abigail Munro

5th Bronte Woodward

6th Leah Wilkins

Sword Dance:

1st Faryn Cutcliffe

2nd Libby Fraser

3rd Kaia Craik

4th Abigail Munro

5th Leah Wilkins

6th Bronte Woodward

Seann Truibhas:

1st Leah Wilkins

2nd Faryn Cutcliffe

3rd Libby Fraser

4th Kaia Craik

5th Hanna Spanik

6th Paige Dobson

Scottish Lilt:

1st Libby Fraser

2nd Faryn Cutchliffe

3rd Leah Wilkins

4th Abigail Munro

5th Georgia Brophy

6th Hanna Spanik

 

Novice 10 & Under

High aggregate: Hadley MacDonald

Highland Fling:

1st Hadley MacDonald

2nd Clara Domike

3rd Nola Deyoung

4th Elise Jean

5th Kenzie Burns

6th Josie MacAulay

Sword Dance:

1st Elise Jean

2nd Clara Domike

3rd Nola Deyoung

4th Mairi Larson

5th Zoe Berthiaume

6th Hadley MacDonald

Seann Truibhas:

1st Elise Jean

2nd Clara Domike

3rd Ella Luciano

4th Hadley MacDonald

5th Josie MacAulay

6th Kenzie Burns

Scottish Lilt:

1st Hadley MacDonald

2nd Mairi Larson

3rd Alexandra Fraser

4th Nola Deyoung

5th Clara Domike

6th Emily Boyd

 

Novice 11 years & older:

High aggregate: Madilyn Perrott

Highland Fling:

1st Alice Yancey

2nd Maria Bryson

3rd Mhairi Wilmott

4th Micaela Brophy

5th Gwen Beaton

Sword Dance:

1st Madilyn Perrott

2nd Maria Bryson

3rd Gwen Beaton

4th Alice Yancey

5th Mhairi Wilmott

Seann Truibhas:

1st Madilyn Perrott

2nd Alice Yancey

3rd Micaela Brophy

4th Maria Bryson

5th Mhairi Wilmott

Scottish Lilt:

1st Madilyn Perrott

2nd Maria Bryson

3rd Mollie MacDonald

4th Mhairi Wilmott

5th Micaela Brophy

 

Intermediate 11 & Under:

High Aggregate: Emily MacInnis

Highland Fling:

1st Emily MacInnis

2nd Rhya MacLean

3rd Dylan Mombourquette

4th Charlotte Kennedy

5th Sophie MacEachern

Sword Dance:

1st Emily MacInnis

2nd Dylan Mombourquette

3rd Gwendolyn Domike

4th Ruby Janice MacDonald

5th Charlotte Kennedy

Seann Truibhas:

1st Emily MacInnis

2nd Dylan Mombourquette

3rd Rhya MacLean

4th Ruby Janice MacDonald

5th Charlotte Kennedy

Scottish Lilt:

1st Emily MacInnis

2nd Rhya MacLean

3rd Ruby Janice MacDonald

4th Dylan Mombourquette

5th Gwendolyn Domike

 

Intermediate 12 years & Over:

High aggregate: Micaela Decoste

Highland Fling:

1st Payton Veling

2nd Jaeda MacLean

3rd Maggie MacDougall

4th Lily Marshall Gallant

5th Michaela Decoste

6th Lauren Carrigan

Sword Dance:

1st Micaela Decoste

2nd Jaeda MacLean

3rd Piper Fidgen

4th Julie Richard

5th Lily Marshall Gallant

6th Isla Doncaster

Seann Truibhas:

1st Isla Doncaster

2nd Micaela Decoste

3rd Julie Richard

4th Piper Fidgen

5th Chloe Death

6th Payton Veling

Scottish Lilt:

1st Lauren Carrigan

2nd Payton Veling

3rd Jaeda MacLean

4th Lily Marshall Gallant

5th Julie Richard

6th Piper Fidgen

Highland Heart Open premiership results

10 & Under 12 Years:

Scottish Lilt:

1st Ruby Alexander

2nd Sydney Nunn

3rd Isla Donald

4th Charlotte Goodwin

5th Keaton Thibodeau

6th Tiona Aucoin

 Scotch Measure:

1st Sydney Nunn

2nd Ruby Alexander

3rd Tiona Aucoin

4th Isla Donald

5th Charlotte Goodwin

6th Keaton Thibodeau

 Earl of Erroll:

1st Sydney Nunn

2nd Ruby Alexander

3rd Tiona Aucoin

4th Isla Donald

5th Charlotte Goodwin

 Sailor Hornpipe:

1st Ruby Alexander

2nd Sydney Nunn

3rd Isla Donald

4th Tiona Aucoin

5th Charlotte Goodwin

 

Champion: Ruby Alexander

1st Runner up: Sydney Nunn

2nd Runner up: Isla Donald

3rd Runner up: Tiona Aucoin

4th Runner up:  Charlotte Goodwin

5th Runner up: Keaton Thibodeau

 

12 & Under 14 Years:

Scottish Lilt:

1st Divjot Kalsi

2nd Yashita Ghore

3rd Emma Dunning

4th Cara Sweet

5th Fiona McClorey

6th Alie MacMaster

6th Mia Nordine

 Scotch Measure:

1st Divjot Kalsi

2nd Cara Sweet

3rd Fiona McClorey

4th Mia Nordine

5th Emma Dunning

6th Yashita Ghore

 Earl of Erroll:

1st Fiona McClorey

2nd Divjot Kalsi

3rd Cara Sweet

4th Alie MacMaster

5th Emma Dunning

6th Yashita Ghore

 Sailors Hornpipe:

1st Divjot Kalsi

2nd Fiona McClorey

3rd Cara Sweet

4th Alie MacMaster

5th Yashita Ghore

6th Emma Dunning

 

Champion: Divjot Kalsi

1st Runner up: Fiona McClorey

2nd Runner up: Cara Sweet

3rd Runner up: Yashita Ghore

4th Runner up: Emma Dunning

5th Runner up: Alie MacMaster

 

 14 & Under 16 Years:

Scottish Lilt:

1st Karly Boyle

2nd Julia Murray

3rd Emma Carrigan

4th Carmen MacMaster

5th Clare Mombourquette

6th Sophie Hawes

 Scotch Measure:

1st Karly Boyle

2nd Julia Murray

3rd Clare Mombourquette

4th Melia Roberts

5th Carmen MacMaster

6th Emma Carrigan

 Earl of Erroll:

1st Karly Boyle

2nd Melia Roberts

3rd Sophie Hawes

4th Julia Murray

5th Ava Rogers

6th Emma Carrigan

 Sailors Hornpipe:

1st Karly Boyle

2nd Sophie Hawes

3rd Julia Murray

4th Melia Roberts

5th Carmen MacMaster

6th Emma Carrigan

 

Champion: Karly Boyle

1st Runner up: Julia Murray

2nd Runner up: Melia Roberts

3rd Runner up: Sophie Hawes

4th Runner up: Emma Carrigan

5th Runner up: Carmen MacMaster

 

16 & Under 19 Years:

Scottish Lilt:

1st Morgan MacDonald

2nd Emerald Lake

3rd Emma Barrett

4th Jaelynn Rogers

5th Anna Silver

6th Kaili Dillier

 Scotch Measure:

1st Morgan MacDonald

2nd Emerald Lake

3rd Emma Barrett

4th Kaili Dillier

5th Jaelynn Rogers

6th Anna Silver

 Earl of Erroll:

1st Morgan MacDonald

2nd Emerald Lake

3rd Emma Barrett

4th Kaili Dillier

5th Anna Silver

6th Jaelynn Rogers

Sailors Hornpipe:

1st Emma Barrett

2nd Morgan MacDonald

3rd Emerald Lake

4th Kaili Dillier

5th Anna Silver

6th Jaelynn Rogers

 

Champion: Morgan MacDonald

1st Runner up: Emma Barrett

2nd Runner up: Emerald Lake

3rd Runner up: Kaili Dillier

4th Runner up: Jaelynn Rogers

5th Runner up: Anna Silver

 

19 Years & Over:

Scottish Lilt:

1st Scout McKee

2nd Kristan Marcotte

3rd Erin Gilfoy

4th Tamra Boyd

5th Heather Aucoin

6th Mallory Whebby

 Scotch Measure:

1st Scout McKee

2nd Kristan Marcotte

3rd Heather Aucoin

4th Mallory Whebby

5th Erin Gilfoy

6th Laura Hillyard

 Earl of Erroll:

1st Scout McKee

2nd Kristan Marcotte

3rd Erin Gilfoy

4th Mallory Whebby

5th Tamra Boyd

6th Heather Aucoin

 Sailors Hornpipe:

1st Scout McKee

2nd Heather Aucoin

3rd Kristan Marcotte

4th Mallory Whebby

5th Tamra Boyd

6th Erin Gilfoy

 

Champion: Scout McKee

1st Runner up: Kristan Marcotte

2nd Runner up: Heather Aucoin

3rd Runner up: Erin Gilfoy

4th Runner up: Mallory Whebby

5th Runner up: Tamra Boyd

 

New scotland open championship results

New Scotland Open Championship

10 & Under 12 Years:

Highland Fling:

1st Charlotte Goodwin

2nd Tiona Aucoin

3rd Ruby Alexander

4th Isla Donald

5th Keaton Thibodeau

6th Sydney Nunn

 Sword Dance:

1st Ruby Alexander

2nd Tiona Aucoin

3rd Isla Donald

4th Sydney Nunn

5th Keaton Thibodeau

6th Charlotte Goodwin

 Seann Truibhas:

1st Ruby Alexander

2nd Sydney Nunn

3rd Isla Donald

4th Charlotte Goodwin

5th Tiona Aucoin

6th Keaton Thibodeau

 Reel:

1st Ruby Alexander

2nd Tiona Aucoin

3rd Isla Donald

4th Sydney Nunn

5th Charlotte Goodwin

6th Keaton Thibodeau

 

Champion: Ruby Alexander

1st Runner up: Tiona Aucoin

2nd Runner up: Isla Donald

3rd Runner up: Charlotte Goodwin

4th Runner up: Sydney Nunn

5th Runner up: Keaton Thibodeau

 

12 & Under 14 years:

Highland Fling:

1st Lily Kate Williams

2nd Chloe MacEachern

3rd Mia Nordine

4th Yashita Ghore

5th Emma Dunning

6th Divjot Kalsi

 Sword Dance:

1st Yashita Ghore

2nd Alie MacMaster

3rd Cara Sweet

4th Mia Nordine

5th Lily Kate Williams

6th Laken Rogers

 Seann Truibhas:

1st Divjot Kalsi

2nd Lily Kate Williams

3rd Emma Dunning

4th Cara Sweet

5th Yashita Ghore

6th Mia Nordine

 Reel:

1st Lily Kate Williams

2nd Divjot Kalsi

3rd Emma Dunning

4th Chloe MacEachern

5th Yashita Ghore

6th Fiona McClorey

 

Champion: Lily Kate

1st Runner up: Divjot Kalsi

2nd Runner up: Yashita Ghore

3rd Runner up: Emma Dunning

4th Runner up: Mia Nordine

5th Runner up: Chloe MacEachern

 

 14 & Under 16 Years:

Highland Fling:

1st Karly Boyle

2nd Clare Mombourquette

3rd Jillian Burt

4th Julia Murray

5th Melia Roberts

6th Emma Carrigan

 Sword Dance:

1st Karly Boyle

2nd Jillian Burt

3rd Clare Mombourquette

4th Julia Murray

5th Melia Roberts

6th Emma Carrigan

 Seann Truibhas:

1st Karly Boyle

2nd Jillian Burt

3rd Clare Mombourquette

4th Melia Roberts

5th Julia Murray

6th Sophie Hawes

 Reel:

1st Karly Boyle

2nd Jillian Burt

3rd Julia Murray

4th Melia Roberts

5th Sophie Hawes

6th Carmen MacMaster

 

Champion: Karly Boyle

1st Runner up: Jillian Burt

2nd Runner up: Clare Mombourquette

3rd Runner up: Julia Murray

4th Runner up: Melia Roberts

5th Runner up: Sophie Hawes

 

16 & Under 19 Years:

Highland Fling:

1st Morgan MacDonald

2nd Emma Barrett

3rd Emerald Lake

4th Anna Silver

5th Charlotte Eagan

6th Kaili Dillier

 Sword Dance:

1st Morgan MacDonald

2nd Kaili Dillier

3rd Emerald Lake

4th Anna Silver

5th Charlotte Eagan

6th Sarah Organ

 Seann Truibhas:

1st Morgan MacDonald

2nd Emerald Lake

3rd Charlotte Eagan

4th Emma Barrett

5th Kaili Dillier

6th Anna Silver

 Reel:

1st Morgan MacDonald

2nd Emerald Lake

3rd Emma Barrett

4th Charlotte Eagan

5th Anna Silver

6th Sarah Organ

 

Champion: Morgan MacDonald

1st Runner up: Emerald Lake

2nd Runner up: Emma Barrett

3rd Runner up: Charlotte Eagan

4th Runner up: Kaili Dillier

5th Runner up: Anna Silver

 

19 Years & Over:

Highland Fling:

1st Scout McKee

2nd Kristan Marcotte

3rd Erin Gilfoy

4th Heather Aucoin

5th Mallory Whebby

6th Tamra Boyd

 Sword Dance:

1st Scout McKee

2nd Megan VanderWal

3rd Kristan Marcotte

4th Mallory Whebby

5th Laura Hillyard

6th Genevieve Dauphinee

 Seann Truibhas:

1st Scout McKee

2nd Kristan Marcotte

3rd Erin Gilfoy

4th Mallory Whebby

5th Heather Aucoin

6th Tamra Boyd

Reel:

1st Scout McKee

2nd Erin Gilfoy

3rd Heather Aucoin

4th Megan VanderWal

5th Mallory Whebby

6th Kristan Marcotte

 

Champion: Scout McKee

1st Runner up: Kristan Marcotte

2nd Runner up:  Erin Gilfoy

3rd Runner up: Mallory Whebby

4th Runner up: Heather Aucoin

5th Runner up: Megan VanderWal

2022 New Scotland Open Championship Judges Placings

2022 Highland Heart Open Premiership Judges Placings

History of Highland Dancing 

Dating back to the 11th or the 12th century, the Highland Dances of Scotland tended to be highly athletic male celebratory dances or triumph or joy, or warrior dances performed over swords and spiked shields. According to tradition, the old kings and chiefs of Scotland used the Highland Games as a way of choosing their best men for their retinue and men at arms. 

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Highland Dancing was one of the various ways men were tested for strength, stamina, accuracy, and agility. The Scottish military regiments used to use Highland Dancing as a form of training to develop stamina and agility. Competitive Highland dancing started during the Highland revival of Victorian Britain and was for men only. Ladies began competing only at the turn of the Century. Over the centuries the dancing style has become more refined and now shares many elements from classical ballet. Although historically Highland dancing was restricted to men, today it is most performed by females. No matter who dances them, Highland dances require both athletic and artistic skill.

The Dances

Antigonish Highland Games

The Highland Fling 

The oldest of the traditional dances of Scotland and is a dance of joy performed at the end of a victorious battle. It was danced by male warriors over a small round shield called a Targe. The Highland Fling is danced on the spot and is said to be based on the antics of a stag on the hillside, fingers and arms representing antlers.

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The Sword Dance (Mary Dundas Trophy) 

The earliest references to the Sword Dance are from the 19th century but it likely dates back earlier. One story is that this was a dance of victory as the King danced over his bloody claymore (sword) and head of his enemy. Another story is that the Sword Dance was danced prior to battle and to kick the swords was considered a bad omen for the impending battle. Today, if a dancer kicks their sword, they are most likely disqualified depending on their category.

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The Seann Tribuhas

This dance is pronounced “shawn trews” and translates to “old trousers.” This dance is reputed to date from the rebellion of 1745 when Bonnie Prince Charlie challenged England at Culloden and lost. As penalty, the Highlands were forbidden to wear the kilt. This dance is a celebration in response to the Proscription Repeal which restored to the Scots the right to wear their kilts and play the bagpipes once more. The movements of this dance depict the legs shaking and shedding the hated trousers and returning to the freedom of the kilt.

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Strathspey and Reel 

These are variations of a strathspey and reel, always performed by four dancers. The strathspey is never danced alone in competition and must be followed by a reel. These dances illustrate the “set” and “travel” steps which are common in Scottish social dancing.  

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The Flora McDonald’s Fancy (Florence MacMillan Trophy) 

This is said to be last dance Flora McDonald danced for Bonnie Prince Charlie before he fled overseas but is likely to be a dance named in her honour. Flora MacDonald helped the prince escape to North Uist to Skye disguised as her maid. She emigrated to America but returned home to Skye later in life.

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The Sailor’s Hornpipe & The Irish Jig

Both of these dances are caricature dances developed from the traditional English version. It has become more popular in Scotland than English and is regular featured in Highland Games.

The movements of the Sailor’s Hornpipe, portray the actions used in the daily routines of a sailor’s life, such as pulling ropes, climbing the rigging and looking out to sea. A costume like a sailor’s uniform is worn for this dance.

The Irish Jig is a dance depicting an Irish washerwoman who is angry with her erring husband. The costume worn for this dance is either a red or emerald green skirt and bodice with a full white petticoat and white apron. Red or green jig shoes are worn and there is much stamping and facial grimacing in this dance. In the male version, dancers wear a red or green tailcoat, brown knee britches of corduroy, with a paddy hat and he carries a shillelagh, which is a club made from the forked branch of a tree.

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Florence MacMillian Memorial Award

Florence MacMillan was a premier dancing instructor in Antigonish who brought champion dancers like Mabel MacInnis, Gerarda MacDonald, Janice Macquarrie and Patsy MacAdam into prominence. She bucked the dancing establishment with her methods and eventually saw her students win seven out of eight provincial qualifying berths for the 1968 national championships. However, she did more than just instruct, she motivated her first generation of advanced highland dancers, mainly Janice MacQuarrie and Gerarda Macdonald to excel as teachers and choreographers. Because of Florence, her students and now their students, Antigonish can make some legitimate claims for excellence in Highland dance. The Florence MacMillan trophy is presented to the Premier dancer from the Maritimes who performs the best Flora MacDonald Fancy at the Games. An appropriate dance commemorating a well-loved personality.

See Previous Winners

Previous Winners:

Year     Name

1967     Gerarda MacDonald

1968     Gerarda MacDonald

1969     Janice MacQuarrie

1970     Gerarda MacDonald

1971     Rita Lynn MacDougall

1972     Debbie Robson

1973     Sheila MacNeil

1974     Clare Kiely

1975     Kathy MacKinnon

1976     Sherrie Green

1977     Debbie Robson

1978     Heather MacKinnon

1979     Patti Ann MacLeod

1980     Clare Kiely

1981     Clare Kiely

1982     Patti Ann MacLeod

1983     Sherrie Lynn Murray

1984     Clare Kiely

1985     Jennifer Richardson

1986     Donna Cameron

1987     Donna Cameron

1988     Michelle MacGillivray

1989     Michelle MacGillivray

1990     Donna Cameron

1991     Michelle MacGillivray

1992     Jesselyn Petrie

1993     Sabra MacGillivray

1994     Sabra MacGillivray

1995     Sabra MacGillivray

1996     Sara Cluett

1997     Sabra MacGillivray

1998     Sabra MacGillivray

1999     Stephanie Grant

2000     Stephanie Grant

2001     Stephanie Turnbull

2002     Stephanie Grant

2003     Stephanie Grant

2004     Stephanie Grant

2005     Stephanie Turnbull

2006     Sarah McKenna

2007     Stephanie Grant

2008     Sarah McKenna

2009     Sarah McKenna

2010     Sara McKegney

2011     Victoria Boily

2012     Jillian MacLeod

2013     Sara McKegney

2014     Leah Campbell

2015     Robin Scott

2016     Shelby Lynne Dalziel

2017     Scout McKee

2018     Scout McKee

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Mary Dundas Memorial Award 

 

See Previous Winners

Year     Name

1960     Leanne Pugsley

1961     Sheena Hold

1962     Terri Brean

1963     Eileen Pottie

1964     Eileen Pottie

1965     Eileen Pottie

1966     Frances Cooke

1967     Janice MacQuarrie

1968     Debbie Smith

1969     Janice MacQuarrie

1970     Janice MacQuarrie

1971     Heather MacKinnin

1972     Marianne Skinner

1973     Julia Ann BrayBrook

1974     Heather MacKinnin

1975     Heather MacKinnin

1976     Cheryl Verriere

1977     Sherri Green

1978     Clare Kiely

1979     Jill Young

1980     Claranne Floyd

1981     Glenda Landry

1982     Michelle MacGillivray

1983     Danielle Trudeau

1984     Krista Gunn

1985     Ann Milne

1986     Krista Gunn

1987     Sara Cluett

1988     Sabra MacGillivray

1989     Kelly Anne Carey

1990     Jennifer MacDonald

1991     Stephanie Grant

1992     Stephanie Grant

1993     Stephanie Grant

1994     Stephanie Grant

1995     Stephanie Grant

1996     Shelley Lynn Walsh

1997     Sonya Doucette

1998     Shelley Lynn Walsh

1999     Marielle Lesperance

2000     Marielle Lesperance

2001     Marielle Lesperance

2002     Marielle Lesperance

2003     Marielle Lesperance

2004     Marielle Lesperance

2005     Sarah McKenna

2006     Robin Scott

2007     Jillian MacLeod

2008     Jillian MacLeod

2009     Micayla Matthews

2010     Cornelia Geib

2011     Larissa Godin

2012     Abigail Maeg

2013     Morgan McDougall

2014     Morgan McDougall

2015     Carly MacDonald

2016     Hannah MacDonald

2017     Elise Berrevoets

2018     Olivia Burke

New Zealand Pre-Premier Award  

In 1989, a dance troupe with family and friends from various parts of New Zealand, chifley Auckland, Hamilton and Whangarei visited the Antigonish Highland Games. Some of the New Zealand delegations were descendants of Nova Scotia who left St. Ann’s for Waipu, New Zealand, in the late 1950’s.

The “Highland Games” culture is strong in New Zealand and members of this particular group made a habit of celebrating the midnight before the Waipu Games each New Years with a mass participation “all hands up and all feet dancing” hillside Highland Fling on Donald Fraser;s land overlooking the Bream Bay. For Games lovers, these games are a must to see.

Pat Bourgoyne on behalf of this dancing troupe presented the Antigonish Highland Society with an intricately carved Maori plaque to commemorate their visit. The warrior faces on the shield are inset with Paua (abalone) shells.

The late Peter Ryan of Auckland taught many of the dancers in this group, but illness prevented of making the trip to Nova Scotia. To commemorate his work with youth, the trip his mates took, and in in celebration of the links between Nova Scotia and Waipu, is presented annually to an Antigonish Town or County Pre-Premier dancer in Beginner, Novice, or Intermediate who has been chosen by the judges as the dancer demonstrating the “most promise”.

 

See Previous Winners

Previous Winners

Year     Name

1989     Julie MacPherson

1990     Jacklyn MacDonald

1991     Valerie Chisholm

1992     Shenna MacDonald

1993     Susan Boyd

1994     Jill Deyoung

1995     Susan Boyd

1996     Katie Rawding

1997     Bridget Coady

1998     Tara Chisholm

1999     Robin Scott

2000     Emily Ives

2001     Jillian Scott

2002     Katie MacDonald

2003     Kayla MacDonald

2004     Janelle Marchand

2005     Breah MacEachern

2006     Riely Wilson

2007     Maria Landry

2008     Courtney MacDonald

2009     Erin Gilfoy

2010     Hannah Delorey

2011     Megan Smith

2012     Julia Mae MacDonald

2013     Jaelyn Rovers

2014     Jaelyn Rovers

2015     Adelaide MacDonald

2016     Ava Rogers

2017     Yashita Ghore

2018     Brooke Hayne

Wilena MacInnis Penny Award 

Few exemplified more the spirit of love of the Gael than the late Wilena MacInnis Penny did.  Born in Cape George, she served the Antigonish Highland Society in many ways in addition to being the society’s first female President and then for several years Games Chairperson.

Wilena’s efforts helped sustain and invigorate the Highland Heart and gave an authentic voice to that which we are “Clanna Nan Giadheal” (Children of the Gael).

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the preservation of Scottish Culture and tradition, this trophy donated in her memory is presented annually to the Premier Dancer from Antigonish Town or County who accumulates the highest number of total points in the Premier Competitions. Originally, this included all events held during the games with the exception of Pre-Championships, Championships, some special events, and Restricted Premier because some dancers were ineligible to compete in these events.  Today, the New Scotland Open Championship, the Florence MacMillan Flora Special Event and the Highland Heart Open Premiership contributes to the accumulations of points.

See Previous Winners

Previous Winners

Year     Name

1994     Stephanie Grant

1995     Valerie Chisholm (tie)

1995     Stephanie Grant (tie)

1995     Kara Spencer (tie)

1996     Jessica McKenna

1997     Valerie Chisholm

1998     Sabra MacGillivray

1999     Jessica McKenna (tie)

1999     Stephanie Grant (tie)

2000     Holly Arsenault

2001     Holly Arsenault

2002     Stephanie Grant

2003     Stephanie Grant

2004     Stephanie Grant

2005     Robin Scott

2006     Robin Scott

2007     Sarah McKenna

2008     Sarah McKenna

2009     Sarah McKenna

2010     Breanna Heffernan

2011     Lindsay MacCormick

2012     Lindsay MacCormick

2013     Erin Gilfoy

2014     Megan Smith

2015     Megan Smith

2016     Jaelyn Rovers

2017     Erin Gilfoy

2018     Karly Boyle