I was born in Timmins Ontario. Dancing has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. Dancing helped me overcome my shyness and as a result I became a very confident person.
I started teaching dance in 1984 at the Pat Picard School of Dance. I also traveled twice a week to teach in two other communities.
In 1992 the “J.D.’s Country Dancers” became very popular and hundred of adult dancers learned how to line dance and couple dance at a local Country Club.
In 1995 I got married moved to Red Deer and purchased the dance school “Studio Scott”
Over the years I have studied dance in Chicago, New York, Montreal, Vancouver, North Bay, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Florida, Las Vegas. I have had the opportunity to learn from great Dance Masters. These are some of my favorites: Al Gilbert, Frank Hatchett, Debbie Dee, Lynn Simonson, Julie Tomaino (Radio City Music Hall “Rockette”, Anthony Carr (from the movie “Step Up” & “Hairspray”), Nick Gonzalez (from “So You Think You Can Dance”), Tony Testa (from “Dance on Sunset”)Chloe Arnold (student of Savion Glover), Joe Lanteri, Richard Pierlon, Jeff Amsden, Joey Dowling (from the movie “Chicago” & “The Producers”), Mike Shulster, Barrett Martin (from “Wicked”,”Adams Family”, “Nice Work if you Can Get It” and “Young Frankenstein”) and many many more.
I have made it a priority to be a Qualified Dance Teacher. In 1990 I successfully passed my Professional Membership Examination in Tap Dancing with the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association. In 1991 I returned to Toronto to pass my Professional Jazz Dancing Exam. My Professional Ballet Exam was completed in 1995 in Alberta. My lastest certification is in Modern Dance and Acro. I am very involved with the Association, I am the CDTA Past President for both the National and Alberta Branch, and examiner for the Branch and I am on the National Syllabus Committee for Tap, Jazz and Ballet Division.
The Aim of the Association is to advance the education in the field of dance and maintain throughout Canada an organization of qualified Dance Teachers.
I am also a member in the Alberta Dance Educators Association their main purpose is the promotion and preservation of the art form of dancing through: the cultural development of children, the continual education of dance educators, the exchange of ideas and teaching philosophies.
I have also had the honor to adjudicate at Dance Competitions in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and British Columbia.
My goal is to educate dancers in a positive way and help them to be successful, proud and confident.
Teaching, Examining and Adjudicating has given me the opportunity to share my love of dance with everyone.