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Highland
Dancing

Primary Beginner, Novice, Intermediate & Premier

8:15 AM - Registration
9:00 AM - Competition Begins

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The dancers will compete in The Sword Dance as well as the Highland Fling, Scottish Lilt, Sean Triubhas, Flora McDonald's Fancy, Irish Jig (Scottish Version) and the Hornpipe.

The judges scrutinize foot placement, arm movements of the dancer, as well as the posture. Technique, timing, and deportment are the main observances taken into consideration in judging.

Highland Dancing starts at 9AM and ends around 2PM.

The Dances

 

Highland Fling

This victory dance is perhaps the oldest dance and is said to have been done on the targ or shield of the defeated warrior. The entire dance is performed in one spot and precision footwork is a must.

Sword Dance

Prior to entering into battle, soldiers would perform this dance over crossed swords. If the dancer touched or displaced the sword, it was a bad omen.

Seann Truibhas

Following the unsuccessful rebellion of 1745, the English were in power over Scotland, and forbade the Scotsmen to wear their beloved kilts. This dance represents shedding the cumbersome trousers in favor of wearing free flowing kilts after that ban was lifted 40 years later.

Strathspey & Reel of Tulloch

Performed by four dancers competing individually, this dance is said to have originated one cold Sunday morning in Scotland when the minister was late arriving at the Kirk, or church, and the parishioners were left outside in the cold. In an attempt to keep warm, the dancers weave around each other.

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Dances 

This year's competitions

Primary

Pas de Basque (16)

Pas de Basque & High Cuts

Highland Fling (4Step)

Sword Dance (2&1)

Novice

Highland Fling (4 Step)

Sword (2&1)

Seann Truibhas (3&1)

Fora (4 Step)

Premier 7 -11

Highland Fling (4 Step)

Sword Dance (2&1)

Seann Triubhas (3&1)

Earl of Errol (4 Step)

Beginner

Highland Fling (4 Step)

Sword Dance (2&2)

Seann Tribuhas (3&1)

Scottish Lilt (4 Step)

Intermediate

Highland Fling (4 Step)

Sword (2&1)

Seann Truibhas (3&1)

Barracks Johnnie (4 Step)

Premier 12 & over

Highland Fling (4 Step)

Sword Dance (2&1)

Seann Triubhas (3&1)

Earl of Errol (4 Step)