Highland Dance

Dancer Registration No. USSE 0405


Highland Dance Registration

Sanctioned by and conducted under the rules of the Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (RSOBHD)

FUSTA Competition Registration Number: USSE 0405


Competition Waiver

You will be required to agree with the following waivers to complete all dancer registrations: 

By proceeding with this online registration, I agree to the following:  

I am aware that participating in the 2023 GMHG Atlantic International Championship/Competition(s) (the “Event”) involves the potential for risks, dangers and hazards, including but not limited to: 
(a) injury to myself/my child as a result of the physical nature of dance competition and performance; and 
(b) the taking and/or release of unauthorized photographs, video and/or other recordings of myself and/or my child. 

In consideration of my/my child’s participation in the Event and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is acknowledged, I do hereby, for myself, my heirs, assigns, executors, and administrators, waive and release all rights and claims for damages I may have against the SDUSA, its directors, agents, employees, executive members, volunteers and organizers of the Event (the “Releasees”), Grandfather Mountain Highland Games/Lees MacRae Meadow, the Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dance (RSOBHD) and all its agents or representatives, for any/all injuries suffered by me or any member of my family or group at any/all events to be held. 

In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, I agree to release the Releasees from ANY AND ALL LIABILITY for any loss, damage, injury, or expense I / my child may incur as a result of my/my child’s participation in or attendance at the Event. 
I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees from ANY LOSS, DAMAGE, INJURY OR EXPENSE, including legal costs, that the Releasees may incur due to my/my child’s participation in or attendance at the Event, whether caused by the negligence of the Releasees or otherwise, and whether caused to my child or otherwise. 
I understand that the Releasees will photograph and otherwise record the Event, its participants and attendees. 

I consent to and authorize such recording. I further consent to authorize the Releasees to publish my/my child’s image, likeness and information in any medium, including but not limited to photographs, videos, DVDs, and webcasts. 

I understand that this publication will take place in the public domain, including in printed materials, public announcements, and on the internet. 

I specifically consent to the public release of the following information: 
1. Name; 2. Country of Residence; 3. Results. 

I acknowledge that by signing and submitting this entry, electronically or otherwise, that I have read this agreement carefully and fully understand it, and I agree to all the above terms and conditions. FUSTA/ScotDance USA (the “Organizers”) reserve the right to cancel the Event, or any part thereof, at any time if the Organizers deem such cancellation to be necessary due to events beyond its control or should it become necessary to cancel the Event at the Organizers’ sole discretion (the “Cancellation”). 

The Organizers shall not be responsible to any purchaser and/or attendees for any direct or indirect financial loss caused as a result of the Cancellation including, but not limited to, airfare, hotel deposits, entry fees, and tickets. 

The purchaser and/or attendees agree to indemnify and save harmless the Organizers from all claims arising from the Cancellation. 

I acknowledge the contagious nature of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and that the CDC and many other public health authorities still recommend practicing social distancing. 
I further acknowledge that ScotDance USA, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and the RSOBHD has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. 

I further acknowledge that ScotDance USA, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and the RSOBHD cannot guarantee that I will not become infected with the Coronavirus/Covid-19. 

I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to and/or infected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to other event participants and their families.

I voluntarily seek to participate with events provided by ScotDance USA and acknowledge that I am increasing my risk of exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19. 

I acknowledge that I must comply with all set procedures to reduce the spread while attending the event. 
I attest that: 
* I am not experiencing any symptoms of illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. 
* I do not believe I have been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. 
* I have not been diagnosed with Coronavirus/Covid-19 and not yet cleared as non contagious by state or local public health authorities. 
* I am following all CDC recommended guidelines as much as possible and limiting my exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

 I hereby release and agree to hold ScotDance USA, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and the RSOBHD harmless from, and waive on behalf of myself, my heirs, and any personal representatives any and all causes of action, claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses and compensation for damage or loss to myself and/or property that may be caused by any act, or failure to act of the organization, or that may otherwise arise in any way in connection with any events from ScotDance USA, Grandfather Mountain and the RSOBHD. 

I understand that this release discharges ScotDance USA, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and the RSOBHD from any liability or claim that I, my heirs, or any personal representatives may have against the organization with respect to any bodily injury, illness, death, medical treatment, or property damage that may arise from, or in connection to, any services received from ScotDance USA. 

This liability waiver and release extends to ScotDance USA, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and the RSOBHD together with all organizational volunteers.


The 2024 Judges


At the age of five, Sharon Farrar started dancing with Miss Shirley Ashdown in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.  Sharon competed successfully in Ontario and Eastern United States until she married and relocated with husband Harry to Los Angeles, California in 1962.  Sharon continued to compete for many years in the Western US, Canada, and Scotland and also opened a dance school in Los Angeles.  Her students, including sons Harry and Bruce, won many championships and earned the title of US Champion several times.  Today, Sharon continues to enjoy judging and introducing the wonderful world of Highland Dance to young people including her granddaughter and the children of former students!  

Recently, her granddaughter became an Associate of the SDTA and is enjoying teaching with her grandmother!

In 2016, Sharon collaborated with Ann Johnson, Sandra Weyman, Christie Freestone and Lynne Eberz to write “Raising the Barre” using research on brain development to enrich and guide the teaching of Highland Dance.

Sharon is a Fellow of the SDTA, a Member of the SOBHD Judges’ Panel, and served FUSTA/ScotDance USA in many offices including President from 1981 to 2019. She also taught Middle School English and History and traveled the globe with her adventurous husband. 

Sharon looks forward to sharing her love of Highland and her experience as a teacher and a judge through the ScotDance USA mentoring program.

Marjorie Hart - Rocheleau

Marjorie is currently a Member and Fellow in both Highland and National Dance with the BATD and has been on the RSOBHD judges panel since 2002. She has been a past secretary of BATD Western Ontario and continues to assist with Windsor ‘s local competitions hosted by Windsor and District Highland Dance Association (WOHDA).

She began her passion for Highland Dance at the age of 5 in Windsor under Sheila Frazer from Scotland; introduced to competitive dance with Bill Weaver of the United States.  She completed her professional instruction and studies under Anne Sutherland of London, Ontario. 

Combining her mother’s passion for ballet and tap and her father’s passion for everything Scottish, she endeavored teaching the art and sport of Highland Dancing to students of all different ages and levels.   She has enjoyed many years of BATD Examinations, with several students achieving their professional standards, top finishes at the BATD North American Conference, as well as successfully competing in North America and Scotland. A highlight has been the many choreographed performances for the Windsor Symphony and Canadian Celtic Bands.

Marjorie continues to work as a Registered Occupational Therapist, specializing in Neurological rehabilitation as well as specializing in upper limb in the Outpatient Department in Windsor. She enjoys marrying the love of anatomy in rehab medicine, to that of the highland dancer. 

She will be celebrating 32 years of marriage to her husband Tim and continues to enjoy her family of her four adult children, who continue to be involved in Highland Dancing, drumming and bagpiping.

Dance Pipers

The 2024 Pipers

Doug F

Doug Frobese

Doug Frobese began playing bagpipes at age 9 at St. Thomas Episcopal School in Houston, Texas. In 1991, Doug joined the Hamilton (now St. Thomas Alumni) Pipe Band, served as pipe major from 1997-2000 when the band won grade 3A and took third place in Grade 2 at the World Pipe Band Championships, and he remains a piper in the band. Besides Hamilton/St. Thomas Alumni, Doug also played with the Kansas City St. Andrews Pipes and Drums and the Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band in Edinburgh Scotland. Doug also plays for Scottish highland dancing competitions and with the Celtic folk band, the Rogues.  When not piping, Doug is a lawyer in Dallas, TX.

Stanton 2

Stanton Man

Originally from California, Stanton began his piping career at Glendora High School, under Jen Debarr, followed by Ian Whitelaw. Stanton then attended Carnegie Mellon University, and under the direction of Andrew Carlisle, earned his minor in bagpipe performance. Stanton currently resides in Raleigh, NC, plays with the St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band and Open Solos, and receives instruction from Mike Cusack.


Highland Dance Contact

Mary Recknagel


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