Meet the Instructors

Director: Kate DeGood


Over the last 20 years, Kate’s competitive dancing career has brought worldwide championship success in every age category. Kate is a 2-time World First Runner-up, 2-time World 2nd Runner-up, and 11-time World Finalist. She is the holder of over 100 major championship titles throughout the United States, Canada, Scotland, and Australia. She is a 7–time US Champion and has placed in the top 6 in the World Championships 8 times. Kate is a Fellow of the BATD and SDTA, Chairperson of the BATD Great Lakes Region, and Coordinator of the North American BATD New Professionals Forum. She is an S.O.B.H.D. Judge, and passed the exam at the youngest possible age of 21. Kate is also a member of FUSTA, and has served on the Choreography Committee.

Kate teachers at Alma College as the Highland Dance Director and leader of the Kiltie Dance Company, and as director at the Kate DeGood School of Dance at the Detroit St. Andrew’s Society’s Kilgour Centre in Troy, MI. Her studio includes Champion dancers who have qualified as USIR Representatives for the Midwest, and placed at the USIR and North American Championships. Kate also judges, lectures, and performs internationally.

Kate earned a Bachelors of Science from Alma College with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Psychology, and a Masters in Medical Sciences from Wayne State University. She has taught Anatomy and Physiology and Dance Anatomy courses at Henry Ford College and Alma College, and has a special interest in connecting Physiology and Highland Dance!

Jennifer Craig-Lopez

Jennifer has been studying and competing in Highland dance for over 10 years. She currently studies under Kate DeGood, along with helping her to instruct classes. In her years competing, she has placed top 6 in numerous championships throughout the United States, Canada, and Scotland. This also includes placing top 10 in the United States twice and winning the WOHDA pre-championship. Along with success in competition, she has been a part of many performance groups. Jennifer has been one of two featured dancers for the Chelsea House Orchestra and North Creek Fiddlers, along with Lochanna Mora Highland Dance Company, an adult premier Highland dance performance group. Jennifer passed her BATD Highland Members Exam “highly commended” in 2014. She has been teaching ever since and has many students who have had many successes in competition and performances.

Jennifer completed her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Toledo and is currently finishing her degree to become a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. While being a full time student, competitive dancer, and teacher, she enjoys being able to use her knowledge on kinesiology to help Highland dancers.

Jessica Craig

For over 10 years, Jessica has studied Highland Dance, currently under the instruction of Kate DeGood. Her dance career has included winning the Midwest Regional Championships, placing top 10 in the United States, as well as numerous overall trophy winnings throughout the United States and Canada. Outside of competition, Jessica has been a member of several performance groups performing around the United States. Jessica passed her members exam with the top honor of, “Highly Commended” in 2016, qualifying her to teach Highland Dance.

Jessica has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Bachelors Degree in Music, as well as a Master’s in Marketing Research. She works as a Market Research professional alongside actively competing and teaching Highland Dance.