2015 Competition Schedule
January 17th: Celtic Winter Gathering, VT
June 20th: Loon in June, Lincoln, NH
July 18th: Glasgow Lands, Northampton, MA
August 15th: Maine Highland Games, Topsham, ME
September 19th, 20th: New Hampshire Highland Games, Lincoln, NH
There are five levels of competitive Highland dance: Primary, Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, and Premier. Dancers new to Highland dancing are placed in Primary Class (through age 6), or Beginner Class (ages 7+).
SMSSD students will be encouraged (but not required) to participate in compeitions around New England as well as any community performances or workshops that may become available.
Dancers who choose to compete are ready to commit to regular practice at home, putting time and effort into improving their technique. There are many rewards for dancers who compete: increased self-esteem, opportunities for travel, strong friendships, increased strength and a confident presence, among others. Winning medals and trophies are only a small part of participating in dance competitions.
How do dancers advance from one level to the next?
Beginner level dancers will move to Novice level after placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at six separate competitions. Dancers must spend a minimum of six months as a Beginner, although there is no maximum time limit.
Novice dancers will move to Intermediate level after placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at six separate competitions. Dancers must spend a minimum of six months as a Novice, although there is no maximum time limit.
Intermediate dancers move to the Premier level one calendar year after their first competition as an Intermediate dancer