The teachers for Asilomar Weekend 2022 are:
Jeff Corrigan, Placerville, CA
Arthur McNair, Pittsburgh, PA
Jennifer Reiner, Phoenix, AZ
Helen Russell, East Yorkshire, UK
Katherine Shearman, Vancouver, BC
JEFF CORRIGAN, Placerville, CA
Jeff discovered SCD in Duesseldorf Germany, and upon returning to California, he became active in the Sacramento Branch. Jeff has been teaching there since 1989, and continued teaching when work took him to Arkansas and Virginia.
Upon retiring in 2012, he and Patsy returned to California and to teaching in the Sacramento Branch.
Jeff has taught a variety of workshops throughout the United States, including the Thistle School of Scottish Dance in North Carolina.
The goal of every class is for students to have learned something new and to be eager to return for more!
ARTHUR McNAIR, Pittsburgh, PA
Arthur teaches classes weekly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has taught workshops throughout North America. Arthur's first emphasis in his teaching is for all dancers to enjoy dancing to whatever level they are able, with a secondary emphasis on the beauty that comes from dancing well with others.
JENNIFER REINER, Phoenix, AZ
Jennifer Reiner has been dancing, performing and competing in dance for most of her life. She began ballet at the age of 4 and continued through college. She took an interest in Scottish Country dancing while still in college and led a Scottish Dance performance group at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Around the same time, she also began taking classes in Highland dancing and competing in Highland dance competitions. Jennifer has been teaching Scottish Country Dancing in the Phoenix Branch since 1999, when she gained her preliminary teaching certificate and went on to get her full certificate in 2011. Jennifer has traveled through-out the U.S. and United Kingdom indulging this passion, and is currently a teacher for, and an active member of, the Phoenix Branch of the RSCDS. . In “real” life, Jennifer is a Director in the Compliance and Regulatory Affairs field. Jennifer lives in Phoenix with her husband and 3 teenage children, all avid travelers and Disney-lovers.
HELEN RUSSELL, East Yorkshire, UK
Originally from Scotland, Helen started dancing at the age of seven by attending highland dance classes. Since then she has taught classes wherever she has lived, from Aberdeen to Australia. She has delivered workshops in country dance, Ladies Step and ceilidh dance, teaching skills courses and tutor training courses in the UK, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. She has been a member of staff for the RSCDS Summer School in St Andrews for many years. She is currently an examiner for the RSCDS, and is recent past Chairman of RSCDS
KATHERINE SHEARMAN, Vancouver, B.C.
Katherine grew up attending Scottish gatherings, joining in with the ceilidh dancing from a young age. She competed in Highland Dancing, in Canada, USA, England, and Scotland. In 2005, she accompanied her mum to her first Scottish Country Dance class and was hooked immediately. She loves the lively music, the ever-changing formations and patterns, and how SCD can cross language and cultural divides. At any level of dance, SCD offers challenges in an environment of fun and friendship.
She has taught at youth workshops in Vancouver, adult workshops in British Columbia, Alberta, North West Territories, and Washington state, and ball walk-through classes at TAC Summer School. She also enjoys highland and ladies step dancing.