Johnston School

MichelleJohnston School of Highland Dancing The Johnston School of Highland Dancing has developed from modest beginnings in the small town of Moneyreagh. The school has progressed from just four pupils in 2007 to now over 40 pupils. The school offers classes; the opportunity to become an SOBHD competitor; certified SDTA examinations and plenty of chances to perform to the adoring public.

The art of Scottish Highland and National Dancing helps children develop key skills which can be hugely beneficial in later years. Balance, co-ordination, discipline, confidence and social skills can be seen blossoming in every dancing experience.

Meet The Team

Michelle Johnston at the Basel Tattoo 2013 Director of the dance school, Michelle, has over 20 years experience of traditional dancing styles, beginning with Irish dancing aged six. In later years Michelle's love of dance has became focused on the art of Highland and Scottish National Dancing.

As a regular competitor on the World highland dancing circuit, Michelle won numerous awards and prizes. Having held the title of Adult Ulster Highland Dancing Champion for 8 consecutive years, she established herself as the foremost dancer in Ireland. Lifting medals and trophies at The United Kingdom, European, North American, and World Championships have all been highlights.

Michelle is now accustomed to travelling all around the World for the love of Highland Dancing. She has performed in international festivals and tattoos in Europe, America and Dubai. Michelle’s talent for choreography has also been in high demand and projects have included, The Belfast Tattoo from 2013-2016 and television productions “Santer” & “The Gatherin”.

Michelle’s most recent achievement is her appointment on the SOBHD adjudicators’ panel.



Auntie Betty Dressmaker for Johnston SChool of Highland Dancing Everybody's "Auntie Betty" is undoubtedly one of the most recognised characters at Highland Dancing events in Northern Ireland.

After 10 years of dressmaking experience for Highland and Scottish National Dancers, Betty still applies the same care and personal touch to every costume.

As a talented seamstress, Betty takes great pride in guiding all pupils and parents on their dancing journey. Should a young dancer require a complete outfit for their first Competition or a Championship dancer need a tidy up for the next big event, you can always rely on Betty's help and direction.