Highland Dancing Classes

Nowadays, Highland dancing, which can be seen at nearly every modern day Highland games event, is a highly competitive and technical dance form which requires many hours of practice and training over a period of several years to perfect. In terms of its technical requirements and the training required for its performance, Highland dancing has much in common with ballet.

In Highland dancing, in contrast to, say, ballroom dancing, the dancers dance on the balls of the feet. In many ways, Highland dancing evolved from solo step dancing, but while some forms of step dancing are purely percussive in nature, Highland dancing involves not only a combination of steps but also some integral upper body, arm and hand movements. Even so, it is still considered a form of step dancing in that the main element of Highland dancing is concerned with footwork.

Common highland dances:

  • Highland Fling
  • Sword Dance
  • Seann Truibhas
  • Strathspey and Highland Reel
  • Strathspey and Half Tulloch
  • Strathspey, Highland Reel and Half Tulloch
  • Reel of Tulloch

Age requirement: 4 years+

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