Martha Morrison Veranth
Martha was born in Connecticut and lived there until she and John married and moved to Salt Lake City. Her childhood was the usual round of ballet and piano lessons and choir rehearsals; she choreographed her high school’s Gilbert and Sullivan productions of Gondoliers and Ruddigore. She received her B.A. in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College. Her senior project, Mobbing behavior in Black-Capped Chickadees in response to a stuffed Great Horned Owl, turned her into a life-long birder.
After holding various lab jobs she earned a M. Eng. in computer science and embarked on a career of writing medical software. However, her answer to “What do you do?” was always “I’m a Scottish Country Dance teacher who happens to write medical software.” After many years of ballet and folk dance she discovered Scottish Country Dancing and by the third lesson had decided that she needed to become a teacher. After training in Scotland and Canada, she received the Teacher’s Certificate of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. She has taught SCD at all levels from elementary school to university. She also combined her passions for dance and birding by publishing Feathered Friends: Scottish and English Country Dances with Ornithological Connections.
She started attending RDT’s community school classes in 1997 and has taken Modern, Ballet, Prime Movement, and Grey Matters. In 2001, out of a job and looking for a volunteer project, she learned from John, who was on the RDT Board, that RDT had a 35-year collection of playbills and videos in need of cataloging, and would probably welcome someone to take on the project. She has been working on the company archive ever since.
At the beginning of the pandemic, she and John moved to their vacation home in Boulder, Utah. They enjoy all the ZOOM dance classes they are able to take every week but are looking forward to attending classes in person again.