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A glimpse of the culture of Scottish Highland Dancing and FUSTA’s USA Scottish Highland Dancing. This public service announcement features the Thistle and Heather Highland Dancers of Chicagoland, under the direction of Nancy Strolle. The piper featured is Ben Peterson. Music is “Alien Ceilidh” by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas.

Visit the following sites for more information: – USA Scottish Highland Dancing – to find a teacher – for more great music


The Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators (FUSTA) was established in 1980 to promote Scottish Highland Dancing and culture in the United States and to provide a community system for teachers and judges of Highland dancing.

This video is brought to you by Tribeca Flashpoint Academy.

Directed by Jonathan Vaughn
Produced by Ryan Forkin
Cinematography by Emily Feller
Edited by Molly O’Callaghan
Assistant Editing by Eli Cantu
Production Assisted by Jordan Miller and Jeff Wisniewski


IGSHD at Disney Paris 2013 Complete Info

Following the success of the past two years events, I am pleased to advise we have just launched the 2013 International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance, which will see the event take place over the weekend of 23rd November 2013, with standard arrivals from Thursday 21st November for 4 nights or Friday 22nd November for 2 or 3 nights, all accommodation packages include continental buffet breakfast on each day. The 3 and 4 night packages also include 3 day hopper park passes, and the 2 night packages include 2 day hopper park passes, these passes are valid in the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studio each day allowing you to visit both parks multiple times each day should you choose to do so. For groups coming from overseas extended packages can be offered to incorporate for example, visits into Paris and onto London or Scotland.

Our standard accommodation packages are offered at Hotel Santa Fe, Hotel Cheyenne and Sequoia Lodge, however, we can also tailor a package to suit your needs to include additional extras such as half board options, additional park passes, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. These hotels are within walking distance of the parks and the Disney Village which offers dining, souvenir shops and entertainment opportunities throughout the day without using a park ticket, each hotel also offers a complimentary return shuttle bus service which operates approximately every 10 minutes directly to the bus station which is centralised between the Disney Village and parks. The hotels also have Disney character presence at various times each day giving plenty of photo opportunities!

Please note, in terms of pricing adults are aged 12 and over, children are aged 3-11 and infants are 0-2 and are not chargeable. Rooms can occupy a maximum of 4 guests plus a cot and by maximising room occupancy the price becomes more cost effective per person. Places can be secured with a £50 non-refundable deposit per person, with final balances being payable by 30th August 2013. Please note, inclusion within the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance event is only available as part of any accommodation package purchased through Take Us 2 The Magic Ltd.

Moving on to the performance opportunities which are aplenty, at no additional cost each school will be offered the opportunity to take part in a Disney Performing Arts workshop giving your dancers the unrivalled opportunity to learn from Disney professionals! Each school who has a minimum of 10 performers aged over 5 can also apply to perform on one of Disneyland Paris’ stages within the park, offering a fantastic experience for your dancers to perform for between 20-30 minutes to an audience of Disneyland Paris park guests. There will be a further amazing opportunity for your dancers to take part in a pre-choreographed pre-parade performance along Main Street, USA within the Disneyland Park, this opportunity is offered to performers aged 8 and over and is subject to weather conditions and minimum performer numbers.

Finally, in conjunction with Grampian Festivals I am pleased to advise, again at no additional cost, each school can enter and compete in the SOBHD registered Highland Dance Competition (reg no.A2). You are able to compete in as many divisions as you wish including Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Seann Triubhas, Half Reel or Tulloch, Trophy Fling, Barracks Johnnie, Scottish Lilt, Flora Macdonald, Village Maid, Blue Bonnets, 16 pas de Basque and Pas de Basque and Highcuts. There will also be an awards ceremony with trophies and medals, together with special Disney competition guest!

We aim to offer you and your school a fun filled weekend where you can experience the magic of Disney whilst having many performance opportunities creating memories that will last a lifetime; we will therefore work with you to create your perfect trip and aim to make it as stress free as possible!

The information flyer with pricing sheet giving some further information is downloadable above by clicking the link above the image. You may also wish to visit the following websites:
• See some footage from a Gaelic documentary filmed by Alba TV during the 2011 event and click on the Scottish Highland Dance link.
• Here is a link to a performance of a previous school attending
• Furthermore, the following You Tube link with pre-parade footage viewable from 2011
• Lastly, please keep updated by ‘liking” the Facebook page and also join the facebook Group –

If you have any questions once you have had chance to digest all of the information, please contact Greg Davidson at or David Bridge at


From coast to coast the June 22nd premier of Disney Pixar’s “Brave” brought with it the opportunity for dancers all over the nation to perform at their local movie theaters.  The experience was rich and exciting for Highland dancers.   Clementyne Vega wrote the following.

Highland Dancing has brought many interesting adventures and opportunities to my life.  Most recently, dancing at the BRAVE Hollywood Premiere After Party.    It was an exciting and rewarding experience.    We arrived in Hollywood early and walked up and down Hollywood Blvd.  We watched the crew roll out the red “green grass” carpet and erect a castle in front of the theater.    All of the dancers met up for dinner and then we headed up to the green room to prepare for rehearsal and the grand performance.

The ballroom we performed in was amazing.  It was decorated in true Disney fashion.  They created a Scottish highland forest theme, complete with fire pits and trees.   While we were on stage it was exciting to know that the movie cast and many celebrities were watching us dance!   I recognized several famous faces in the audience and was thrilled to be a part of this event.   It was a night I will always remember.  A night where I got to do what I love most, Highland Dance, in a truly awe-inspiring venue.   I am thankful and grateful to have been included with such a fine group of dancers.

The Minnesotta Highland Dancers were on T.V.! The video is below and the full article follow this link:


The Discover Scottish Dance Facebook Group provides a great place to upload your own photos.  You can share your own experiences there or in the comments section below.


By Kathleen Currie Hall

New York City is the place to be for Tartan Day. Or rather, Tartan Week. Or really – Tartan Month! From March 31st to April 29th, more than 25 Scotland-related events take place in the city, from a fashion show to museum exhibits, whisky tastings to Gaelic poetry readings, and lots of other things in between. The highlight of the celebration is the annual NYC Tartan Day Parade, which
was held this year on April 14th, and goes for ten blocks along the Avenue
of the Americas. Highland dancing is definitely a part of the celebrations! There are often visiting dancers from Scotland and Canada, as well as local talent. This is good, because events happen all over the city – often at the same time! While the New York Celtic Dancers ( “Scottish Dance – New York Attitude”) were performing for the crowds coming to Ellis Island to explore the history of immigration to the city, Shot of Scotch ( “New York City’s Premier Scottish Highland Dancers”) was performing for families at Lincoln Center as part of their “Meet the Artist” series.

Both groups participated in the parade…as well as the after-parade festivities. Some of the best moments for participants and parade-watchers alike were the impromptu jam sessions that formed when pipers, drummers, and dancers from various groups found each other and just started having fun.

So: start saving your money now – come join us in New York City for next year’s Tartan Day celebrations! This could be you:

Dancers from the New York Celtic Dancers pose on Ellis Island with the Statue of Liberty behind them! (photo from

Dancers from Shot of Scotch perform at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. (photo from

The New York Celtic Dancers perform for the reviewing stand during the Tartan Day Parade. (photo from

Shot of Scotch prepares to join the parade! (photo from

Dancers and musicians gather for an impromptu jam session after the parade. (photo from