McConnell School of Highland Dance
Karen PillmanOriginally from Edmonton, Alberta, Karen Pillman started Highland Dance at the age of nine. Miss Karen was a successful competitor for over ten years dancing all over including Scotland. Upon retirement from competitive dance at the Premier level, Miss Karen taught for the Allison Lamont School of Dance in Lloydminster, Alberta, Freehouse Dance Plus in Calgary, Alberta and finally opening a studio of her own in Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1996.
The McConnell School of Highland Dance has grown over the years to become Medicine Hat's Premier Highland Dance studio. Miss Karen has had dancers compete locally and internationally, including the British Overseas and World Championships in Scotland. Miss Karen has trained numerous students to professional status with SDTA and her students continue to obtain high marks in exams each year. Dancers of the MSHD have traveled to Scotland with Miss Karen in 2003, 2008, 2012 and are going again in 2016.
Now with over twenty five years of teaching experience and knowledge, Miss Karen is a professional member with the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance, Secretary of ScotDance Alberta and longtime member of MHHDA. Miss Karen strives to give her dancers the highest level of training to reach their goals, whether it be recreationally or competitively.
Karen's daughter, Meghan retired 2012 after a successful career in Highland Dance competing in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Scotland. Meghan was the first dancer in Medicine Hat's history to enter the World Highland Dance Championships during the Cowal Gathering in Dunoon, Scotland.
She can be contacted at (403) 504-3390 or visit her web-site:
Leap Up Dance Studio
355 Lake Stafford Drive East
Home phone 1-403-794-0140
cell phone 1-403-363-0697
Diamond V Highland Dance Academy
Lee Vossler started dancing at the age of 12, and didn’t look back. Now 30 years old, Lee is married with two children, and lives on a working cattle ranch South of Irvine, Alberta. Together with her husband Curtis they run a commercial herd of cattle, and raise and train AQHA papered horses.
She has been dancing for 18 years, and in the summer of 2014, she took her members exam with the United Kingdom Alliance in the branch of Highland Dance.
She is currently teaching in both Medicine Hat and Irvine, Alberta, with the hopes of bringing her passion for Highland Dance, to the Hamlet of Irvine.
She is still actively competing in the premier level of dance. She has made two trips overseas to compete in Scotland, one being at the age of 28.
Lee feels strongly that a person is never too old to learn, as she is always trying to improve her skills as a dancer and as a new teacher.
To contact Lee call 403-834-2557
Put your ghillies on, and let’s dance!