Teachers & Musicians
Fred DeMarse (Teacher)
Fred started Scottish Country Dancing in 1986 in the San Francisco area. He started training to be a Scottish Country Dance teacher in 1994. Fred attended St. Andrews Summer School for training and passed his Full Certificate in 1996. He achieved his Highland Dance teaching certificate in 1995 and his Highland Dance judging qualification in 2002 after retiring from dance competition.
In the Bay Area, Fred teaches Highland Dancing and Scottish Country Dancing to children and adults. His weekly schedule includes teaching an SCD adult class for the San Francisco Branch, several Highland Dance classes for children and adults, and one night practicing his own dancing as part of the Red Thistle Scottish Dancers performing group.
Fred is very fortunate to have traveled to different parts of the world and to have met many wonderful people – all because of Scottish dancing. As a dancer, teacher and judge, he has traveled to many beautiful places, including all around the US and Canada, Australia, Russia, Cyprus, the United Kingdom and many countries on the European continent. He is very excited to return again to Fort Worden to be a part of the magic this weekend and its participants create!
Fiona Miller (Teacher)
Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Fiona learned to dance almost as soon as she could walk. Her Scottish Country dance enthusiast parents were her first teachers. Fiona trained at Dunfermline College in Physical Education and Health and in 1978 she took her dance teachers' certificate under the watchful eye of Miss Milligan.
Fiona and her husband, David, immigrated to Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1981 and have raised two children, Emma Claire and Keith, both of whom are Scottish Country dancers.
As the founding teacher, Fiona has taught the social class, seniors, children, technique and the demonstration group for the Lethbridge Scottish Country Dance Club which is now celebrating its 35th Anniversary. She has taught at the TAC Summer School and many week-long summer camps and weekend workshops throughout North America. She has also tutored and mentored candidates to take their RSCDS Teachers’ Certification.
In her other life Fiona retired from teaching "English As A Second Language" (ESL) to Middle-School-aged refugee children and is loving being a “Nona” to 18 month old Machlan.
Currently Fiona is the Director of Summer Events for TAC running the Summer Schools and holds the position of Vice-Chairman of the TAC Executive Board. It is her philosophy that everyone should have fun dancing, while learning a little bit about Scottish Culture.
Irene Paterson (Teacher)
Irene has traveled far from the land of her birth, but Scotland has never left her. The dance, the music and the people of that land are never far from her thoughts. The passion that is Scottish country dancing started a long time ago, English country, ballroom, rock and roll and a whole host of other forms have come and gone, but SCD goes on forever.
What is technique? It is not just the feet, yes you do need two to get you where you want to go, but more important than the feet are your posture, your hands, your smile, the sociability and the sheer joy of moving to the music. Irene involves all these aspects in her teaching. Irene wants her classes to be a source of fun and laughter along with the art of learning the dance.
Irene has taught all levels of expertise across this vast continent and hopes to continue to do so for a few more years. When not dancing, talking or thinking about dancing, Irene can be found on a golf course trying to play golf, looking after her grand dogs in Ontario, and if really pushed she will do a little gardening.
Antoine Rousseau (Teacher)
Antoine started dancing in Paris when he was 15 in a group that later became the Paris Branch. He first attended the RSCDS Summer School in 1988 and it was a revelation: the good mixture of fun, technique and social activities.
Antoine began teaching SCD when he was 21 years old, first in Lyon during his studies, then in Paris. He received his teaching certificate in 2009. Since then, he has taught at RSCDS Summer School at St Andrews, and several workshops and schools in Northern America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, where he enjoys meeting wonderful people of the Scottish dancing scene.
Antoine currently dances and teaches at the Paris-Branch, in France.
Lisa Scott (Musician - piano)
Lisa, a native of Portland, Oregon, is an accomplished pianist and teacher. Coming from a musical heritage, she began her studies early and then earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Lewis and Clark College. She then studied the art of piano accompaniment at the University of Southern California and in New York City.
Through the years, Lisa has played for workshop classes and dances throughout the United States and Canada. Lisa’s energetic dance rhythms and lyrical melodies are a joy for dancers.
Deby Benton Grosjean (Musician - fiddle)
Deby is an resplendent fiddler, successfully melding the virtuosity of classical technique with the spontaneity of Celtic folk. Deby is delighted to perform for dancers at Port Townsend! She is a multifaceted musician expanding the dimensions as a workshop clinician, conductor, orchestrator and producer.
Deby loves to play for Scottish country dancers since mid-1990’s. She performed for TAC 2009, 2012 and is equally excited to perform at TAC 2017! Deby has played at RSCDS-SF’s Asilomar Dance Retreat for many years as a soloist and with the band “Reel of Seven”; she’s on all four of Ro7 live recordings Dance for Joy, Encore!, Gotta Dance and the new Magic of Summer School. Deby performed and taught in New Zealand’s summer school 2016 with Ro7. Besides teaming with Andy Imbrie, she’s performed with pianists David Weisler, Muriel Johnstone, and delighted to be playing again with Lisa Scott.
A talented independent artist, Deby has appeared on over forty recordings including Gourd Music’s Jefferson’s Fiddle and Windham Hill’s Celtic Requiem. Her CD productions include Healing Well, Beyond the Shore and O’er the Moor. Among Deby’s film score credits include Ken Burns’ Not For Ourselves Alone. A teacher of distinction, Deby’s on faculty at several music camps including Alasdair Fraser’s Scottish Fiddling School and Sierra Fiddle Camp for over 20 years. Besides NZ, Deby performs abroad spanning Taiwan, Canada, Ireland, Scotland and throughout the USA including Alaska and her hometown of Santa Cruz, California. She’s opened for Scotland’s singer Jim Malcom, England’s Maddy Prior, Ireland’s author Frank McCourt.
Since starting her formal classical training at age eight, Deby has received awards in national and regional fiddle championships. She received honors in music at college. Connection Magazine notes, “Her recordings will capture your heart and dance your feet.”
Judi Nicholson (Musician - fiddle)
Judi Nicolson, originally from Banchory, Scotland, is a consummate performer; her dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence and deep understanding of Scotland’s music has created a demand for her solo appearances, concerts, and dances throughout America and Canada. Judi was trained in both classical and traditional styles; however, from an early age, her passion has always been to play traditional Scottish fiddle music. By the age of fifteen, Judi had won three major open Scottish fiddle championships including the Golden Fiddle Award – a competition that attracted competitors from around the world. She went on to play at various music venues throughout the U.K., both as a soloist and alongside some of the finest Scottish dance bands.
In 1990, Judi relocated to Shetland, continuing her musical career and taking a position with the Shetland Musical Heritage Trust as Musical Archivist to transcribe Dr. Tom Anderson’s music collection. Shetland’s music and its many musicians became a huge influence to Judi, as she regularly played with Violet Tulloch at venues in addition to producing a multitude of recordings both for TV and Radio. She also had many opportunities to play with the late Willie Hunter who was a huge influence on her playing. Great times were had during these years. Throughout her time in Shetland, Judi taught traditional fiddle music across the islands, ensuring that traditional music would continue to thrive. Over the years, Judi has performed in television, radio and theater productions, and has recorded two solo albums as well as 14 albums with various musicians and bands. Judi is a qualified teacher of both classical violin and traditional fiddle in Scotland. In 2004, Judi, her husband Ian and their two children relocated to Inverurie, Scotland, and she quickly accepted a position to teach classical and traditional violin throughout schools in the area. During this time, she played with several of Scotland’s finest musicians. In 2008, Judi and her family moved once again to Katy, Texas, where Judi swiftly made her mark on the music scene throughout North America. She reconnected with the late Bobby Brown, who formed the “Cape Breton Symphony” at TAC week 2010, and formed a close bond with Kathy and Fred Collins, who, along with Rob Wolanski, played in the band, “Scottish Accent.” After several bookings, Kathy, Fred, Rob and Judi recorded a CD together. Judi continues to be in high demand for teaching, performing at concerts, and for Scottish country dances, workshops, and Balls worldwide.