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13th Annual SDTA North American Conference & Elspeth G. Strathern and JL McKenzie Highland Scholarships

September 29 - October 1, 2023
Calgary, Alberta
The Conference

The Conference

Join us for a weekend full of dance classes, social events & learning opportunities. 

Classes will include:

  • Championship Steps

  • Premiership Steps

  • Choreography

  • and more...

Please note that you do not need to be affiliated with the SDTA in order to attend. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled weekend of dance!

All conference registrations include lunch & banquet dinner on Saturday & brunch on Sunday.

Schedule of Events


SDTA James L. Mckenzie & Elspeth Strathern NA Highland Scholarship

Judges' & Teachers' Reception

Saturday & Sunday

SDTA NA Conference

Scholarship Banquet & Reception (Sat)

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 Street NE Calgary, AB

When booking your guestroom(s), please use one of the following options:

*Please make sure to quote the Group Name: Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance 2023

Hotel Details

Hotel Information:

  • Check In: 3:00 PM, Check Out: 11:00 AM

  • Airport shuttle service available at $5.00/person each way. Please call the hotel directly to book!

  • Complimentary internet in all guestrooms

  • Onsite Restaurant and Lounge, 24 Hour Room Service

Rates without Breakfast:

  • Select Room (King or 2 Queens) $139+tax

  • Premier Room (King or 2 Queens) $164 +tax

  • Elite Room (King or 2 Queens) $224 +tax

  • Executive Suite (King) $269 +tax

*Group rates will be extended 3 days prior to and 3 days after the conference dates.


Peter Archibald, Canada


Originally from Winnipeg, Peter has made Vancouver his home since 1998. He is a Life Member of the Scottish Dance Teachers’ Alliance and has been a member of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing Judges Panel since 1990. Before moving to BC, Peter was Chairman of ScotDance Manitoba and the first National Registrar for ScotDance Canada.  He is an Independent Member and the Historian to ScotDance Canada, served as ScotDance Canada President from 2006-2010, and was Chair of the ScotDance Canada Scholarship Committee.  He is currently the competition organiser registrar for British Columbia.

He is a former student of and instructor with the Irene Baird School of Dance and has judged throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, and Scotland.

It is an honour to be asked to judge the SDTA James L. Mckenzie and Elspeth Strathern NA Highland Scholarship   Thanks to the Organising Committee for their time and efforts into making this event a great success!

- Flight Discount Codes -

Fly to YYC for less with Air Canada and WestJet using these promo codes:



Be sure to read the applicable rules for booking!



  • Travel dates: Sept 22, 2023 – Oct 8, 2023

  • Air Canada: For North America' 5% applies on standard fares, 10% on flex fares & higher.
    For International Travel' 10% on standard fares & higher.

  • WestJet: No discount will apply to Basic or Business class bookings.

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