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HIGHLAND DANCING 2021 Registrations Are Now Closed

Highland Dancing requires the endurance and strength of an athlete and the artistry of a dancer. The spirit of Scottish culture, legend and history is often captured through Highland Dance.

The most familiar dances are the Highland Fling, which signified victory of battle; the Seann Triubhas, said to reflect political protest when the kilt was banned after the 1745 rebellion; the Sword Dance, the ancient dance of war dating back to 1054; and the Strathspey & Highland Reel, known to have been danced during the Jacobite days. Legend says the first Reel, named Reel O’Tulloch began in a churchyard on a cold winter morning, by parishioners trying to keep warm, when their minister was late for his service.

Stop by the Dance Tent to experience the spirit and athleticism of the competitors. Dancers compete on Saturday and Sunday.

HIGHLAND DANCING RULES:

  • Competition will conform to RSOBHD RULES.
  • Please bring a valid 2021 RSOBHD Registration card when registeringIf a dancer does not bring their RSOBHD card with them, they will not be allowed to compete.
  • Age will be computed as of the day before the competition. Age groups will be determined by entries received.
  • All judges’ decisions are final.
  • The Games’ Organization reserves the right to remove an event from the schedule and/or make any changes recommended by the Judges or the Highland Dancing Committee, so long as their actions are in the best interest of the competition.
  • Competitors must remain in dancing attire until all medals and trophies have been awarded.
  • Entry fees – Primary $15, Beginner, Novice $20, Intermediate and Premier $25. Entry deadline is September 4, 2021.
  • Entries for this year can only be entered online using the form below.
  • Entries are limited to the first 100 dancers.
  • Parent tickets can be ordered at time of entry and on the online entry form below for $30/each – limit 4 tickets.

Questions regarding the competition can be directed to Anne Donlan at [email protected]


Please see SDUSA COVID rules.  Masks must be worn at all times, except when dancing. 

SCOTDANCE USA COVID RULES

  • Dancers must arrive in costume, completed hair, and make-up.
  • Changing areas will not be available.
  • Each dancer must present a valid 2021 SDUSA Registration card with the new sticker on the back.
  • Socially distanced designated spaces will be available for dancers/family member.
  • SDUSA requires all dancers at US competitions to wear face masks over their mouth and nose when they are not dancing on the competition stage. All dancers must wear their mask when they enter the competition stage. Dancers may remove their masks and place them in a paper bag placed at the back of the competition stage or opt to compete wearing the mask, whichever is more comfortable for the dancer. Dancers must wear their masks over their mouth and nose when they exit the competition stage.
  • Extra masks will be available for those who forget to bring a mask or face covering.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the venue.
  • A paper bags with handles will be provided upon arrival for holding the dancer’s mask and a separate bag for SDUSA Registration card.
  • SDUSA Registration card must be in a zip lock bag when presenting at registration.
  • SDUSA “Day of Competition Certificate” will need to be signed upon arrival.
  • Only one dancer may register at a time and must practice social distancing while waiting in line.
  • Competition numbers will be issued in a zip lock bag.
  • The stage will not be available for warm-up. Dancer warm-up can be in either the designated family space or socially distanced outside the event perimeter.
  • Water will not be available; all dancers must provide their own water and snacks.
  • Awards will be placed in zip lock bags with the dancer’s name and available for pickup at the awards table.
  • Trophy winners will be awarded on stage.

On site parking not available.  Dance Competitors and their families will park at the Pemigewasset Base Camp and be shuttled to the dance venue (just to the rear of the Adventure Center) Please bring your own chairs.  Tents may be used pending approval from Loon Mountain and prevailing weather conditions and must be social distanced in the dance area.

Access to Pemigewasset Base Camp -take Copper Memorial Drive the right, just past the Lincoln Police Department.  Then take a left onto Crooked Mountain and continue until you get to the Pemigewasset Base Camp OR if you drop your belongings at the dance venue, take Loon Brook Dr, which becomes South Peak Road.  Then take a left onto Crooked Mountain Road and continue until you reach the Pemigewasset Base Camp.


NOTE: Please download the SDUSA Day of Competition Certificate which must be signed when you check in on the day of competition (Click HERE to download).