The 2021 Judges


Margaret Howard

Margaret began dancing at the age of 5.  She was a student under Mary Stewart in Kearny, NJ.  She was an award-winning competitor for approximately 17 years, accumulating over 100 overall trophies and 1000 medals.  She had the opportunity to compete once in Scotland, winning the British Overseas and qualifying for Worlds in the Juvenile section. In 1979, she moved to Dunedin, FL and opened her own studio.  Her students perform throughout the Tampa Bay area and compete throughout the Southeast U.S.

She has Fellows in Highland and National dance with the BATD.

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.

Scottish Dance Judge

Emma Trentman

Emma Trentman has been teaching Scottish Highland Dancing for 22 years.  She is a lifetime member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, and an RSOBHD judge.  She has taught in a variety of dance schools, including the Gail Bacon Scottish Highland Dancers, the Thistle Dancers, and the Mid-Michigan Highland Dance Academy.  During her competitive career, Emma represented the Eastern Region at the United States Inter-regional Championships four times, and successfully competed throughout the Eastern and Midwestern regions of the United States.

Emma moved to Albuquerque in 2012, and founded Highland Dance Albuquerque to share her love of Highland Dancing in New Mexico.  She also organizes New Mexico's two highland dance competitions, at the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and the Aztec Highland Games, as well as the competition at the Cortez Celtic Fair in Cortez, CO. Emma is an associate professor of Arabic at the University of New Mexico, and mother to two young dancers.


Lindsay Recknagel

Lindsay began competitive Highland Dancing at 8 years of age.  She was quite successful during her competitive years across the United States, Canada, Scotland, Australia, and South Africa.  Lindsay is a Member of the BATD (Highland and Nationals) and Adjudicator of the RSOBHD.  Lindsay was the co-chair of the 2015 USIR held in Atlanta, Georgia and is still the youngest person to hold this position.  Since then she volunteers as each USIR has moved to a different region.  Lindsay enjoys teaching, judging, and still dances at performances.  She is a costume technician working in the film/tv industry.  She is also a self-employed stitcher specializing in Highland Dance jackets, choreography and judges outfits.  Lindsay lives in a suburb of Atlanta.  She is thrilled to be judging at one of her favorite highland games.

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