Kasey Hawkins Biography

Kasey Hawkins is the instructor for Lake City Highland Dance in Couer d'Alene Idaho. She has studied many different styles of dance, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and lyrical, along with her main passion, highland dancing.

Growing up in Canada, she learned the love of highland dancing from teacher Liela Cooper for many years. Kasey moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in 2014, where she continues to train under renowned teacher and judge Elizabeth Coyle.

During her career Kasey has won numerous trophies and awards dancing all over Canada, the United States, and even the Caribbean. Kasey dances at the championship level of highland dance, and is a multiple time Northwest Regional representative at the United States National Championships (USIR).

                                              SHONA MCHARG

                                                    Dance Judge

SHONA WAS BORN AND RAISED IN SOUTHWEST SCOTLAND AND BEGAN DANCING AT THE AGE OF THREE, STUDYING TAP, JAZZ, MODERN, DISCO AND GYMNASTICS, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DOREEN BOWIE (NEE WALLACE) OF STRANRAER, SCOTLAND. AT THE AGE OF SEVEN, SHE ADDED HIGHLAND TO HER REPERTOIRE. SHONA HAS SINCE RECEIVED HIGHLAND INSTRUCTION FROM IRENE BAIRD AND LINDA ARONSON, BOTH OF WINNIPEG, MANITOBA. SHONA BEGAN COMPETING IN HIGHLAND AT AGE 10. SHE COMPETED THROUGHOUT CANADA, USA AND SCOTLAND, AND ATTAINED PREMIER STATUS WITHIN 2 YEARS. SOME NON-COMPETITIVE DANCING HIGHLIGHTS HAVE INCLUDED VARIOUS DANCE-OUT OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN MANITOBA AND SASKATCHEWAN. TODAY, SHONA RUNS A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL OF OVER 70 DANCERS. SHE ENJOYS ACCOMPANYING HER STUDENTS TO MANY OF THEIR COMPETITIONS AS WELL AS COORDINATING PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR HER STUDENTS FROM TIME TO TIME. OUTSIDE OF DANCE, SHONA HAS A BUSINESS DEGREE AND WORKS IN REAL ESTATE SALES. SHONA IS A MEMBER OF THE SCOTTISH DANCE TEACHERS ALLIANCE AND A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF DANCING AND A PROFESSIONAL MEMBER OF SCOTDANCE CANADA. SHE IS ALSO A JUDGE ON THE WORLDWIDE PANEL OF JUDGES FOR THE SCOTTISH OFFICIAL BOARD OF HIGHLAND DANCING.