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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:

www.fusta.us – USA Scottish Highland Dancing

www.discoverscottishdance.com – to find a teacher

www.alasdairfraser.com – for more great music

FUSTA
www.fusta.us

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

 

To celebrate that the Discover Scottish Dance efforts have been going strong for over a year, we thought we’d change up the dancers on the banner. Thank you for submitting 3rd rear aerial photos to bring our logo to life. Keep submitting photos to the Discover Scottish Dance Facebook Group photo album so that you may find yourself on the banner in the future. Enjoy all the photos that have been posted in the Facebook group so far and continue to share the group with your Highland friends so that they know to join.  Thank you for all of your support in the first full year of DiscoverScottishDance.com.

- Sara Gilchrist

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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: http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=980308.

 

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.

 

Miss Vermont - Katie Levasseur performs a Scottish highland dance choreography in the 2012 Miss America Pageant Talent Competition

This year, we believe for the first time, one of the Miss America contestants is performing a Scottish highland dance choreography in the talent portion of the competition. Katie Levasseur, Miss Vermont, dances with the Saint Andrew’s Highland Dancers of Vermont and is a senior at the University of Vermont.

We can’t promise that they’ll show her choreography on national tv, but tune in tonight, Saturday, January 14, 2012 to support Katie as she competes for the title of Miss America! The broadcast will be at 9:00pm EST on ABC.

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Teachers and dancers show their support for USA Scottish Highland Dancing by displaying the “USA Scottish Highland Dancing – Strength in Tradition” banner at the United States Inter Regional Championship in Spokane, WA.  The stage was beautiful.  What a great opportunity for a photo and video shoot.

USA Scottish Highland Dance, Spokane WA, USIR 2011

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