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Our Highland Program

A traditional and highly athletic dance form native to Scotland, often recognized by the bagpipe music, tartan kilts and ever-popular Sword dance. Our Highland students follow the Scottish Dance Teachers’ Alliance (SDTA) syllabus, beginning with learning the basic positions and movements, followed by the traditional Highland and National dances.

In the technique class, dancers are prepared and recommended for exams once the required skill level has been achieved. An additional competition class is required for students wishing to compete in registered Scottish Official Board Highland Dance (SOBHD) competitions. Highland choreography classes are also offered to students interested in group competition.

Ballet is a recommended prerequisite.

Highland classes available for Preschool, Primary, Junior, Senior & Adult dancers.

Technique

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The technique class is designed to develop the required skills and technique and learn the dances of each Highland dance stream (Highland, National, Jig & Hornpipe). Dancers will be recommended for exams to move through the levels of the SDTA syllabus, or can take the class purely for personal enjoyment.

An examiner from Scotland travels to the studio twice a year to evaluate those students recommended for their exams.

Visit our Highland dance resources to learn more about the requirements for each level of Highland exams.

Competition

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Dancers wanting to competing in SOBHD sanctioned Highland competitions must register in a competition class in addition to their technique classes. Competition classes are available based on the level the dancer is competing at; Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Premier.

These classes will focus on preparing dancers for the dances, technique and strength required for upcoming Highland competitions.

Visit our Highland dance resources for more information about Highland competitions and to download entry forms.

Choreography

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An additional class focused on creating group routine based on Highland steps and movements.

Dancers in our competitive choreography program must be able to commit to all rehearsals, competitions and performances, and will be expected to meet all dress, hair and makeup requirements as outlined by the choreographer. Due to the team nature of competing with a group, dancers must be fully dedicated as their fellow dancers and instructor count on them in order for the group to be successful.

Learn more about the Highland dance world, including outfit requirements, exams, competitions, and more
by visiting our Highland dance resources.