Highland Dancing Competition

FUSTA adjudicated


Richelle Saunders Augustine and Shari Gillette

Highland dancing (Scottish Gaelic: dannsa Gàidhealach) is a style of competitive solo dancing developed in the Scottish Highlands in the 19th and 20th centuries in the context of competitions at public events such as the Highland games.
It was 'created from the Gaelic folk dance repertoire, but formalized with the conventions of ballet', and has been subject to influences from outside the Highlands.
Highland dancing is often performed to the accompaniment of Highland bagpipe music and dancers wear specialized shoes called ghillies. It is now seen at nearly every modern-day Highland games event.


Highland dance should not be confused with Scottish country dance,

Irish dancecèilidh dancingstep dance, or clog dance, although they may be demonstrated at presentations and present at social events.

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