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  • Next ADA meeting wil be held on Tuesday 28 May 2019 in the Studio at 7.30pm
  • Remember your easy fundraising donations for Logierait Dancers
  • Click here for competition results
  • Sun 12 May - Atholl Dancing Festival, Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry
  • Summer Term - 15 Apr - 13 Jun
  • Summer holiday classes will start week beginning 17 June to end of August
  • Autumn term - 2 Sept - 4 October

Dance School

Welcome to the world of Highland Dancing! Here are a few notes to give you an introduction to what happens in the dancing class and beyond.

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CLASSES TIMETABLE 27 AUGUST 2018 - 13 JUNE 2019

DAY START FINISH CLASS LEVEL
Mon 4.00pm  5.00pm  Primary Highland 4,5,6 years 
Mon 5.15pm  6.15pm  Highland/National  Beginner/Novice
Mon 6.30pm 8.00pm  Highland Premier 
Tues 6.00pm  7.30pm  Highland/National  Inter/Premier
Tues 7.30pm  8.30pm  Adult Dance Fitness/choreo
Wed 5.00pm 6.30pm General Pre-Premier
Wed 6.30pm  8.00pm  National/Choreo  Premier 
Thurs 5.15pm 6.15pm Highland/National Beg/Nov
Thurs 6.30pm 8.00pm Highland/National Premier
Fri  4.15pm  5.15pm Boys  

Autumn Term:   6 weeks     Monday 27 August 2018 – Friday 5 October 2018

Winter Term:   7 weeks     Monday 22 October 2018 – Friday 6 December 2018

Medal Test - 25 November 2018, Mid-Atholl Hall, Ballinluig 

Class Christmas outing: Pitlochry Festival Theatre December 2018

Spring Term:   5 weeks      Monday 7 January 2019 – Thursday 7 February 2019

Easter Term:  6 weeks      Monday 18 February 2019 – Friday 29 March 2019

SATURDAY 2 MARCH 2019, MEDAL TEST PRESENTATION CEILIDH, MID-ATHOLL HALL, BALLINLUIG 

£5 ADULTS - ALL CHILDREN FREE.  FAMILY AND FRIENDS WELCOME

Saturday 23 March 2019 – Class Competition click here for an entry form

Summer Term: 9 weeks      Monday 15 April 2019 – Thursday 13 June 2019

Sunday 12 May 2019 - Atholl Dancing Festival  click here for an entry form

TBA June 2019 – Medal Test provisional

 

INTRODUCTION TO HIGHLAND CLASSES

Whilst a kilt is necessary for medal tests, exhibitions and competitions, class wear is not at all formal: 

  • Shorts and neat fitting T-shirt OR
  • Tights and neat fitting T-shirt
  • No skirts, trousers or loose fitting leggings please
  • Knee length socks
  • Highland Dancing pumps.  (Links to suppliers are on the Links page)
  • Hair must be tied back off the face - preferably in a bun rather than a long pony tail
  • Water is supplied in the Studio, but you can bring your own non-fizzy drink

Please encourage responsible practice at home. “Practice makes perfect”!

If you are unsure of anything, please ask me to explain more fully 

MEDAL TESTS

Amateur medal tests are offered by the United Kingdom Alliance Ltd to ensure that the traditional steps are preserved and performed correctly. These tests provide an opportunity for the dancers to receive a written report, a certificate and an award.

Medal Tests are not competitions. Dancers are trying to achieve the standard for the various levels of skill, and it is one way for parents to know if their dancer is progressing and being taught the basic steps properly. Grades given are Fail, Pass, Pass Plus, Commended, Highly Commended, Honours and Distinction.

Professional exams are available for any dancer 16 years and over who wishes to become a certified teacher and a member of the UKA Ltd.

Minimum dress requirements for Medal Tests are: Kilt (above knee length), dark coloured pants (not shorts), white blouse, knee length white socks and Highland Dancing pumps.

 MEDAL TEST RESULTSPresentation ceilidh 2013

Results now moved to the Class News tab

 COMPETITIONS

Another side to Highland Dancing is the competitive arena. Whilst this is not a compulsory part of the class work, it can be good fun. There is nothing to beat dancing at Highland Games on a sunny day. The weather of course is not always favourable!!

Any dancer who plans to compete must register with the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing, the world governing body, to obtain a registration card which must be shown at each competitions prior to the start. The registration scheme is an effective way of tracking a dancer’s progress through the various levels – Primary (6 years & under), Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Premier.

Dancers wishing to compete should ask me for a registration form or download one from the SOBHD. Two recent passport size photographs, A copy of the dancer's birth certificate (NEW REQUIREMENT) and the current registration fee and a SAE are also required. These registration card applications are sent to the SOBHD office in Edinburgh once I sign the form and the photographs. You can also find competition entry forms by clicking here

 SOME DO’S AND DON’TS FOR PERFORMING           Highland Nights rota 2019

Here are a  few tips on looking good and on the conduct expected from dancers:

  • Do check your shoes are tied tightly in double knot, and that the laces are well tucked in. You don’t want to trip over……………
  • Do check the diamonds in your socks go straight up the front of your leg – from your foot to your knee. (You will look as if you have bandy legs if your socks are squint!)
  • Do check the centre line in the front of your kilt lines up with the centre of your waistcoat.
  • DO keep your hair away from your eyes. (Remember that hair which is tucked behind your ears falls forward in front of your face and looks very untidy.)
  • Do remember people are watching you not just when you dance but when you walk on and walk off. That is part of your performance.
  • DO SMILE (AUDIENCES AND JUDGES LIKE TO SEE YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU DO)
  • Do walk smartly and keep together as a group when doing displays.
  • Don’t run
  • Don’t fold your arms as you walk across to the board
  • Don’t have a chat with anybody on the board. Wait until you are well out of sight of the audience.
  • The SOBHD has a Code of Ethics for all taking part in competitions. This is now page 2 of all dancer registration forms but you can read this here