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.
Classes Timetable 19 OCTOBER 2020 - 10 DECEMBER 2020
|Mon||4.00pm||4.45pm||Primary Highland||4,5,6 years|
Winter Term: 8 weeks Monday 19 October 2020 – Thursday 10 December 2020
No Medal Tests until 2021
Spring Term: 4 weeks Monday 11 January 2021 - Thursday 4 February 2021
Easter Term: 7 weeks Monday 15 February 2021 – Thursday 1 April 2021
Summer Term: 9 weeks Monday 19 April 2021 – Thursday 17 June 2021
Whilst a kilt is necessary for medal tests, exhibitions and competitions, class wear is not at all formal:
Please encourage responsible practice at home. “Practice makes perfect”!
If you are unsure of anything, please ask me to explain more fully.
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.
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. 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. You can also find competition entry forms by clicking here
Here are a few tips on looking good and on the conduct expected from dancers: