Described by some authorities as one of the most sophisticated forms of national dance in the world, Highland dance is a mixed heritage of war and ceremonial dance, competitive solo dances and social dances. Danced in competitions and Highland games all over the world, Highland dance is characterized by sharp precise leg movements and foot work, hops and leaps, and the use of both turn-out and a pointed foot. The most familiar dances are the Highland Fling and the Sword Dance; but Nova Scotians are pioneering a new form; choreographed Highland dances, and there are several Highland dance performance troupes in the province. *From “Dance! Nova Scotia”
Prerequisite: No previous dancing experience necessary. A New Beginner student may have never highland danced before, or, this student may have been taking classes for a period of one year or less but has not yet perfected the Highland Fling or Sword Dance.
Class time will be spent working on dances and developing the skills which are necessary to perfect them. Prerequisite: Student knows three dances (Fling, Sword, Sean Triubhas) and is currently working on at least two National Dances, Lilt, and Flora, as well as the Reel.
Students will be primarily working on technique, timing, stamina, and presentation. Class time will be spent working on these dances and developing the skills which are necessary to perfect them. Prerequisite: Dancer is competing at the intermediate level, and has competed in all four Highland Dances, as well as National Dances, the Jig, and Hornpipe.
This is the top level in Highland dance. Students will primarily work on technique, timing, stamina, and presentation in various dances. Prerequisite: Dancer has competed at the championship level.