A team of teachers
Qualified Teaching Professionals
Director and Choreographer
B.A. B.Ed. M.Ed. C.C.C.
Kaitlyn is the director and main instructor of the Forever Highland Dance School. She is a professional member of ScotDance New Brunswick in which she is the Board of Director, as well as the Scottish Dance Teacher's Alliance. Kaitlyn has her Members Highland and Members National qualifications, and is studying for her fellowship examination.
Kaitlyn began dancing seriously since the age of eight. Since then, she has won 5 provincial championships, and has been a member of the provincial dance team for eleven years.
At first, she began helping out the former FHDA director with the younger classes and then gradually began teaching various classes until she was given the association by Rachelle Lanigan at the age of 19. She has since grown the association from under 15 dancers to over 40, turning the association into a school.
Kaitlyn has dancers making the provincial representatives team yearly, dancers representing Forever Highland at the SDTA conference, as well as competing at numerous competitions around Canada, the Atlantic provinces, Europe, and Scotland.
Kaitlyn was a co-chair for the ScotDance Canadian Championship Series, held in Moncton, July 2019, where there were close to 850 dancers competing at the Series.
Kaitlyn is currently working as a School Counsellor in ASD-S in NB and is the chair of the SJ Suicide Prevention Committee. She is very passionate about teaching and advocating for mental health.
Choreographer and Individual Lesson Instructor
Meghan Thorne is the choreographer for Forever Highland. She creates choreographies for students and groups both for competitions and performances. Meghan is a professional member of the Scottish Dance Teacher's Alliance and has her Associate's Highland qualification.
Meghan graduated from KVHS in 2016, and graduated from UNBSJ in 2020, majoring in Communications. She has also completed a semester at the University of Chichester in the UK and her highlight included dancing a Choreography and Highland competition in Paris at Disney! Meghan will be attending the Vancouver Film School in the Fall of 2020.
She enjoys creating short films and trailers in her spare time, as well as reading and outdoor activities.
Meghan has been highland dancing since the age of 4, and has represented New Brunswick for the past 4 years at the SDCCS events around Canada.
Junior School Instructor, Individual Lesson Instructor
Hannah Gray is the lead instructor of the younger classes (beginning dancers, second year students, and third year students). She is a professional member of the Scottish Dance Teacher's Alliance and has her Associate's Highland qualification.
She graduated from KV High School in 2016, and graduated from UNBSJ with Bachelor of Science degree. Hannah will be working on her Honours and is persuing further education.
When she's not dancing, Hannah enjoys running, reading, and doing yoga.
At the age of 3 she started highland dancing, and has enjoyed dancing for the past 17 years under various teachers. Hannah has attended the ScotDance Canada Championship Series for the past four years, and has represented New Brunswick multiple times.
Kendra Kilpatrick is a professional member of the Scottish Dance Teacher’s Alliance and has her Associate’s Highland qualification. For the last two years, she focused on individual private lessons.
Kendra graduated from KV High School in 2017 and is currently attending the Saint John Community College. She will be beginning studies at St. Thomas University in the Fall of 2020. Kendra has her bilingual certificate and her Standard Workplace First Aid.
When she’s not dancing or teaching, Kendra enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family.
Kendra started highland dancing at the age of 5. Throughout the years, earning several dance awards and even the St. Croix award at the local Heritage Fair. She presented how the Scottish culture influenced Canada.
Individual Lesson Instructor
Highland 3 and 4 Co-Teacher
Riel Nason is a Canadian author. She highland danced for many years, and after about a twenty-five year hiatus, she is again involved in the sport.
Riel is an SDTA associate.
Highland 1 and 2 Teacher Assistant
Emily Thomson graduated in 2019 from KVHS. She currently attends UNBSJ working towards studying Pathology and then plans on attending DalMed to become a doctor.
Emily enjoys reading, painting, and spending time with friends! She was also involved in the KVHS musical yearly as a dancer and singer.
Emily has been dancing for 14 years and both her younger sisters also dance at Forever Highland. She is a great role model for them and helps them along with their dancing whenever needed. She has been a teaching assistant for the past few years, however this past year she was the main Highland 1 and 2 teacher assistant due to her wonderful kindness and way of being with the youngest students.
Victoria is 15 years and in grade 10 at Saint John High School.
Victoria has been highland dancing for 7 years and now competes in Premier. She achieved runner up to represent the NB provincial team in 2018. Her goal this year is to be a representative for NB.
She keeps busy outside of dance hanging with her best friend Jillian McGrath, and other school friends. She also help our young neighbour, teaching her highland dance.
Victoria in the future would love to study Marine Biology.
Tess is a 12 year old grade 7 student at Harry Miller Middle School. She has been dancing for 5 years, and is a Premier level Highland Dancer. Last year, Tess became the 10 & under 12 Provincial Champion in New Brunswick, earning a spot to compete at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series in Moncton, NB.
Besides highland dance, Tess is involved in curling, going to the gym, playing the saxophone and volunteering at both her school and in her community. Her hilarious alter ego "The Silly Ghillies" are quite popular on Instagram with their funny "horrible highland jokes" videos. @thesillyghillies
Teacher Assistant to Highland 1 and 2 Dancers