There are different types of competitions a Highland Dancer can enter. At first, while in Primary, Beginner, Novice & Intermediate categories, a dancer competes in standard competitions organized by age & level. Once a dancer reaches the Premier level, they can compete in Pre-Championships and Championships.
Advantages of being a competitive Highland Dancer:
- Competitions are an excellent way to track progress and personal achievements aside from what is noticed in class.
- It is a great way to build self-confidence and motivation.
- It gives a dancer a goal to work toward besides just learning new dances.
- There is a great opportunity to see wonderful sights through Highland Dance, having competitions and Highland Games located all over the country, and the world.
- If you don’t want to travel far to compete, you don’t have to. In Utah specifically, there are three to four competitions each year. Just a short drive away are several in Arizona, Las Vegas, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado.
- A possibility to build lasting relationships with other dancers not only in the studio, but from all over the world.
- Competitions in conjunction with Highland games are a family event, generally including entertainment, exhibits and other athletics related to the Scottish heritage and culture.
These licenses allow FAHD Dancers to compete in any sanctioned Highland Dance competition throughout the world. FAHD Dancers are permitted to compete in any competition at all levels (age 4+) if registration has been approved by the instructor at least 2 months prior.
In order to compete, it is required that a dancer annually possess a personal FUSTA card & produce it at registration for all competitions.
*At Forsyth Academy of Highland Dance, instructors are required to hold high ethical standards and will never compete in competitions against students of any age or level, as our primary purpose is to support and focus on our students interests at these events.