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Information: Kamrin MacKnight, teacher of Scottish dance.
Kamrin MacKnight is a teacher, performer, and former Championship-level comlpetitor in Scottish Highland dance. She continues to study Scottish Highland and other forms of Scottish dancing, including Cape Breton step and Country dancing, as well as international folk dancing. She is a member of the Highland Branch of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, as well as a member of the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators.
Kamrin is an Flower Essence Society certified practitioner, as well as an animal communicator, dog trainer, Usui Reiki and Violet Flame Reiki Master, and shamanic practitioner. She routinely utilizes flower essences and other tools to assist animals and their human companions. In addition to working with wild animals, Kamrin uses flower essences and other tools to help animals and their people work through behavioral issues that cause tension between them. In addition to a Ph.D. in Microbiology (UC Berkeley) and a J.D. (Santa Clara University Law), Kamrin earned her Diploma of Advanced Canine Nutrition and Fitness, and Diploma of Canine Behavior Science and Technology, both with Distinction, from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. While she is a practicing biotechnology patent attorney, Kamrin is also an advocate for the use of flower essences and alternative modalities for animals and humans. She is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and is involved with various other dog-related organizations. She promotes positive reinforcement training methods for all species, building strong bonds of empathy and understanding between people and their animals, and increasing acceptance of the use of flower essences and other healing modalities in "mainstream" animal training and pet ownership.
She teaches Scottish Highland and step dancing in Piedmont, California; co-directs and dances with the Piedmont Highlanders; performs with the Cairngorm Dancers (Scottish ladies' step dance performing group directed by Jo Hamilton), and Celtic Sprit (Scottish performing dance group directed by Jimmy Lomath); and directs and performs in the Highland dances of the Red Thistle Dancers (performing Scottish Country and Highland dances directed by Jennifer Kelly).
Kamrin was an editor of the Stockton Folk Dance Camp's Footnotes newsletter.
Dances Kamrin has taught include Alba's Jig, Miss Alison Little, Scotch Measure, and Yellow-Haired Laddie.
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