Kate Shaw School of Highland Dance

Upcoming Competitions 

 COMPETITION LOCATION DATE ENTRY FORM
 SPOKANE VALLEY COMPETITION SPOKANE VALLEY, WA MARCH 28/15 
 KCHDA COMPETITION CRANBROOK, BC APRIL 18/15 
 K.E.S. MEMORIAL COMPETITION TRAIL, BC MAY 16/15ENTRY HERE
 CASTLEGAR HIGHLAND GAMES CASTLEGAR, BC MAY 17/15 ENTRY HERE
 PENTICTON SCOTTISH FESTIVAL  PENTICTON, BC JULY 4, 2015  ENTRY HERE
 KAMLOOPS HIGHLAND GAMES KAMLOOPS, BC JULY 11, 2015 ENTRY HERE
    

Competition Tips & Hints:

This website offers great tips for competing, including what to pack in your dance bag! Check it out: http://www.scottishdance.net/highland/Competing.html#Competing 

SOBHD Dress Code for competition can be found here: SOBHD Dress Code.pdf

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2014 Championship and Premiership Steps

The set steps for the 2014 Championships and Premierships have been released. Please note the changes to the 10 & Under 12 Years class ~ they now have short dances.

2014 CHAMPIONSHIP STEPS

2014 PREMIERSHIP STEPS

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Competitive Highland Dancing

It is the individual’s decision whether to participate in the various competitive highland dance competitions held in our area and around the world.  Participating in competitive highland dancing can be a very rewarding experience.  Dancers are encouraged to participate in competitions to challenge themselves, create friendships and reap personal rewards.  Highland Dancing Competitions occur locally, provincial-wide, nationally and internationally.  Dancers can choose to compete only a few times a year in local competitions or can incorporate competitions as part of a family vacation or visiting out-of-town family and friends.  Although competitions are not mandatory, the majority of studio members do choose to participate in the competitive program.

A dancer must register with ScotdanceBC in order to be allowed to dance in a competition.  Once registered, they can enter any local or open competition in the world. (for 2013 forms, click here: ScotDance Card ). Dancers are judged by one or more adjudicator and the marks are combined to determine the winner in each dance and the overall champion.  Highland competitions are offered to both Premier and Pre-Premier dancers (Primary/Beginner/Novice/Intermediate).  Each section is also divided based on age.

If you are thinking about competing, or having your child compete and would like to know more about competitions, please send an e-mail to Jen: jenglowa@gmail.com She has wonderful forms explaining what to expect at competitions, what to bring, what to wear etc.

Exams:

The British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D.), the Scottish Dance Teachers' Alliance (S.D.T.A.), and the United Kingdom Alliance (U.K.A.) are professional bodies based in the United Kingdom who conduct Highland Dance exams around the world and certify professional Highland Dance teachers.

Teachers who are members of any of these associations must pass a dancing exam as well as an oral theory test. The associations offer professional development for teachers while sometimes offering workshops for dancers. Highland dances are the same for all of these associations, only the national dances are different, however, they are all accepted in a competition.

Teachers must be full members of one of the three professional teaching associations to have their students compete worldwide in competitions sanctioned by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing. Betty and I belong to the B.A.T.D. These associations along with the SOBHD ensure that the standard and technique of Highland dancers continually improves, while allowing dancers to compete worldwide with the confidence that their technique will be universally recognized by SOBHD judges.

Exams are a great way for each dancer to receive individual feedback on their dancing and will assist on progressing to new and challenging levels. This is the progression a dancer would pursue if they wanted to become a teacher or judge. If they pass their exam, they will receive a medal and a certificate as well as a result sheet showing their feedback from the judge. This is the only time in highland dancing, that you will receive written feedback from a judge.

Syllabus:

The British Association of Teachers of Dancing offers Medal test exams for dancers from beginner levels through to certification. Click HERE for more.

Study Tool:

This website is a study tool for Highland Dancers worldwide to practice for grade theory exams. It lists requirements for all grades. Check it out by clicking HERE.