About

Jennifer Worthen began highland dance at the age of 7.  Under the instruction of Janice Macquarrie, Jennifer successfully competed for 15 years, representing Nova Scotia at the Canadian Championships for 10 years.  Jennifer is a 4-time Provincial Champion dancer and a Silver Medalist in the Scottish Championships.

Jennifer is a Fellow and Examiner with the SDTA and has been a member of the RSOBHD Judges' Panel for over 25 years.  She has enjoyed judging throughout Canada, United States, Australia, and Scotland.  Jennifer had the honour of judging the World Championships in 2022!

Besides being an elementary school teacher for 20 years, Jennifer has been teaching highland dance for over 35 years and continues to run a large dance school in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Many of Jennifer's students are Associate, Member or Fellow professionals with the SDTA.  Her students have won Provincial Championships, Atlantic Canada Open Championships, numerous other Championships and have placed in the top 6 at the Canadian Championships and have placed 1st, 3rd and 6th overall at the SDTA North American Scholarships.

Jennifer has held many volunteer positions in her dancing community.  She was President of the Halifax Highland Dance Association.  She was Secretary, Competition Organizer, and Professional & Dancer Registrar of ScotDance Nova Scotia.  She was Secretary and is the current Vice-President of ScotDance Canada.  Jennifer is Chair of the SDC Nominations Committee and serves on the SDC Risk Management Committee.  Jennifer is Corporate Secretary of the Thistle Highland Dance Association.

As a Competition Organizer, Jennifer is regularly involved in organizing local events.  She was part of the Organizing Committee for the ScotDance Canada Championship Series in 2011, 2017, 2019 and Chair of this event in Halifax in 2023.  Jennifer is a member of the Organizing Committee for the SDTA North American Scholarship & Conference and was the host of this event in Dartmouth in 2022.

Jennifer's husband (Terry) and two boys (Josh and Brandon) are very supportive of her busy dancing career!