Ann Milne’s passion for dance has lead her around the entire world. This love started at the very young age of 3, with a 20 year competitive career yielding: 13 Ontario, 12 Canadian and 4 World Championship titles in Highland Dance. Ann also has extensive training in the dance disciplines of Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Ballroom.
Professionally, Ann has her full teaching Fellowship with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD). She has the distinct honour of being appointed an Examiner for this prestigious organization, qualifying Ann to examine both amateur dancers and candidates seeking professional teaching status. Ann has been awarded a Life Time Membership of the BATD. She is also an active member of the Judges panel for the world governing body of highland dance, the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD). Ann continues to travel across North & South America, Scotland, Australia, and Japan teaching and adjudicating
After her competitive career, Ann accepted the position of Director of Dance at The College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts of Canada based in Summerside, PEI. Furthering her professional dance qualifications, Ann became a certified Ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) , teaching Highland, Ballet and Jazz.
Ann was the Artistic Director of the professional company Celtic Accent, performing across North America, Britain, producing several videos and a BBC recording. She has won awards for her choreography in both Canada and the United States, and was featured in the prime-time cultural affairs program on CBC Television, Adrienne Clarkson Presents.
For over 20 years, Ann has owned and operated her own dance schools in PEI, Toronto and then relocated back to Owen Sound in 2006. Her students have gone on to attend dance at the National Ballet School of Canada, Quinte Ballet School of Canada, the Randolph Academy of Performing Arts (Toronto), York University, and Markham Performing Arts Secondary School. Many of her Highland students have followed in her footsteps, winning the Ontario’s, Canadian’s and North American Championships as well as the BATD North American Scholarship for theory and Choreography.
Since her return to Owen Sound, Ann has produced several dance shows including Dancing for Life (2009) followed by Dancing for Life…Because You Can (2010), which combined raised over $80,000 for many local charities. Ann has enjoyed assisting with YTC (Youth Theatre Coalition) and several local high school theatre productions. A rewarding endeavour for Ann is her continual work with IndepenDANCE, a performing group from Community Living.
With her unrelenting passion and extensive experience, Ann is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and training in her next stage of giving back to Owen Sound and the community by creating the Owen Sound Academy of Performing Arts.