Kate Nealley has been dancing since she was 4 years old. Ballet was her first love, but after dancing professionally for 6 years and achieving the rank of soloist, she retired and went to college. While at Haverford College, near Philadelphia, she discovered that Scottish Country Dancing gave her fun with feet and friends at the same time. Attending the RSCDS Summer School at St Andrews 5 years in a row, she was honored to be asked to dance on both the Country Dance and Ladies' Highland Demonstration Teams. She now joyfully teaches SCD and Ladies' Step Dancing at all levels. She has held SCD parties, dances, classes, and demo rehearsals at her home, "Inverarity," for 32 years. Kate is also very involved in community theater in the Philadelphia area, and especially enjoys Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. She met Ed, her husband of 26 years, at a rehearsal with the Rose Valley Chorus. They continue to enjoy both English and Scottish Country Dancing and lots of musical theater together. Their daughter, Sara, is an enthusiastic dancer and excellent classical soprano.
Jim Stott started dancing in 1965. When he became a Primary Teacher in 1974 he started to teach dancing in schools. He entered many teams into the Aberdeen Festival and danced for the RSCDS Aberdeen Demonstration Team. He sat his Preliminary Certificate in 1992 and Full Certificate in 1994. He feels lucky to have taught at many Day and Weekend Schools in Britain, Europe, Japan and North America, the Australian Winter School in Perth and at the RSCDS's own Winter School in Pitlochry, Scotland. He has taught at St. Andrews Summer School for the past 14 years and became the School's Director in 2015. It is now his responsibility and privilege to run the Summer School, a fantastic opportunity to engage with hundreds of dancers from about 40 different countries. Jim became one of the first Medal Assessors in 2005 and then an adjudicator in 2007. He was Deputy Director of Summer School and served on Youth Services, Education and Training, and was two years on the Management Board. This winter past, he travelled to Kazan, Russia, to tutor eight candidates for Units 2 and 3. He enjoys teaching dancing and gets great pleasure seeing Scottish country dancing continue to thrive all over the world.