Amy and Pat both studied highland dance with Jo Moore Kalat here in the triangle area. Amy attended the School of Scottish Arts, a highland dance camp near Linville, NC, prior to the competition at the Grandfather Mountain highland Games as a competing dancer, and Amy and Pat continue to be involved in that tradition as the current directors of the camp each July.
Amy Mooney has been teaching highland dance, creative movement, and modern dance for over 20 years. She was a champion highland dancer and is currently a Fellow with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD), which is one of three Scottish agencies granting highland dance teaching credentials. She has a bachelor’s degree in dance from UNCG, and a masters degree in psychology with an emphasis in expressive therapy from Lesley University.
Amy's modern dance training includes experience primarily in Cunningham and Graham technique, through the American Dance Festival in Durham and the Cunningham studio in New York. She studied ballet with a variety of teachers in the triangle area and at UNCG. She has also taught special education in public schools and worked in a variety of human services settings with clients of all ages.
Pat Johnston is a highland and Scottish country dance teacher, with full certificates from the BATD and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), which is the agency granting teaching credentials for Scottish country dancing. She is also the treasurer for Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators (FUSTA), our national Scottish dance organization, and a self employed CPA. Pat has been teaching dance for over 20 years.