The 2023 Judges

Tracey Walton, Judge

Tracey Walton started Highland lessons at the age of five with Robert and Evelyn Clark and continued with Jill (Sweppy) Hodgins after the Clarks moved back to Scotland.  She enjoyed a long competitive career, dancing throughout the United States and Canada, and represented the Midwest Region at many USIR’s.  Tracey is a member of the BATD and has been teaching for over 25 years.  Her students have been successful at the regional and national level.  Several of her students have passed their professional exams and are sharing the love of Highland dance with the next generation.  Tracey has served as the SDUSA Midwest Delegate and is the current SDUSA Treasurer.  

Tracey lives in Birmingham, Michigan with her husband Bill and their two sons Jack and Calum, when they home from college.  She is an accountant at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.  

Margaret has been teaching line dance for 12 years. She is a published choreographer with numerous dances being danced worldwide. She is also an instructor with Highland Hustle, which is aerobic dance using highland movements.

Andrea Tronnes, Judge

As a third-generation dancer, Andrea was trained by her mother Dawn and has been involved with Highland Dancing throughout her life.  Andrea and her mother taught the Tronnes Highland Dancers together in Calgary until her move to Texas and now Arkansas where she currently resides.  She is very proud of the numerous Champions produced over the years in Calgary and now in the United States.  Andrea is a Fellow of the SDTA and an adjudicator of the SOBHD.

Catherine MacLeod, Judge

Catherine MacLeod is the director of the MacLeod Highland Dance Studio in Sault Ste. Marie, Kingston and Angus, Ontario, and holds her Fellows with the Scottish Dance Teacher’s Alliance. 

Catherine has taught highland dancing to cadets from the 155 Air, 2310 Army and the Newman Navy League in Sault Ste. Marie for over 20 years, and currently teaches at the Royal Military College (RMC) in  Kingston Ontario. Along with being a Pipe Band snare drummer, she has choreographed award-winning freestyle routines for the Pipe Bands and Dancers, as well performances for Tattoos and Ceilidh events.

She is a past tour coordinator for the SDTA’s Medal Examinations (Ontario, Quebec and Northeastern United States) and is a past executive member of the ScotDance Canada and ScotDance Ontario. 

Catherine also directed the Lock City International Highland Dance Weekend from 2004 – 2018 and co-directed “Pipes and Drums for ALS” a National Fundraiser to raise funds for ALS Research as part of her Studio’s annual Robert Burns Dinner & Ceilidh. 

Catherine has been a SOBHD Judge since 2000 and has judged throughout Canada and the United States. 

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