Scottish Highland dancing is the embodiment of the Scottish spirit.
The traditional Highland dances tell stories about the proud Scottish Highland people centuries ago, who fought fiercely for their lands, their freedom and their families. Through dance, Scottish legends have persevered through the centuries. Dancers typically dance to traditional Scottish music such as Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes and Jigs all played by an accompanying bagpiper.
Scottish Highland dancing is a sport,
in the most literal sense of the word. Dancers must show strength, agility, endurance and control over even the tiniest muscle movements. Highland Dancing is a healthy workout for adults and children. It is a great way to develop good coordination, posture, and overall muscle tone, not to mention aerobic capacity and strength. One study showed that a half hour of dance was equal to a game of soccer. Dancers who have been perfecting their art for years are in fantastic physical shape.
Scottish Highland dancing is pageantry,
whether a dance is performed solo with a lone piper, or if many dancers are joyfully dancing a fling with a full pipe band. Unlike other dance mediums, Highland dances are generally danced solo and in competition. Whenever a dancer takes to her toes, everyone around turns to watch.
Scottish Highland dancing fosters confidence and personal pride.
Even tiny dancers learn to overcome fears of being in the spotlight, and many dancers go on to become leaders in their schools and communities.
Scottish Highland dancing teaches life lessons,
in that dancers are expected to abide by a strict code of ethics. Dancers must display high standards of personal behavior and good sportsmanship at all times.
Scottish Highland dancing is a legacy.
In the United States alone, there are thousands of registered Highland dancers. In some families, it’s a tradition passed from parent to child, but many first-time dancers are completely new to dancing. Our school and our students welcome everyone, and encourage each other on every step of the journey.
Scottish Highland dancing is inclusive of all cultures.
Many of our dancers have no Scottish ancestry, but sought out lessons after watching our dancers perform in the community. The allure of Highland dance is timeless and not bound by bloodlines. The skirl of the pipes appeals to everyone, but few have the ability to translate those haunting notes into the ancient stories.
Scottish Highland dancing is an adventure, a passion and a motivator for all who study it,
whether they compete or simply take lessons for fun. In addition to perpetuating a great cultural tradition, highland dancers appreciate the athletic challenges, competitive goals, performance opportunities as well as the opportunity to meet and become lifelong friends with dancers from other areas, both nationally and internationally, that participation in this ethnic art form/sport affords them. Regardless of skill level, age or ancestry, all dancers share a common denominator -- they come to class because they love to dance.