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Kristin Gardiner 6 times Scottish Open Highland Champion

The Scottish Official Highland Dancing Association



The S.O.H.D.A  FAQ's Page

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How do I become a member of the S.O.H.D.A and what does it cost.

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Memberships can be obtained through your dance school or you can contact us direct our membership costs and application forms are available from the Membership Fees section of the website.
A membership entitles you to attend and vote at meetings of the S.O.H.D.A.

Dancers membership entitles dancers to compete in the members dances at competitions and highland games.

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I want to learn Highland Dancing but do not want to enter competitions.

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No you don't have to enter competitions, there are many dancers who only go to classes to learn the dances and enjoy the social side of the dance schools, making new friends, keeping fit as well as having fun.

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Do Dancers get banned or penalised for dancing at Non S.O.H.D.A competitions.

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No the Scottish Official Highland Dancing Association does not ban dancers or penalise them for competing at other competitions unlike some other highland dancing organisations we believe in freedom of choice.

Many reasons and excuses are made by other highland organisations as to why they ban their dancers for dancing outwith their organisation, unfortunately none of their reasons or excuses stand up to close scrutiny or make any sense in some cases except to deny their dancers the freedom of choice in the first place.

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Can dancers from another highland organisation compete at S.O.H.D.A competitions.

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Yes we welcome all dancers from all organisations at our competitions, the S.O.H.D.A does not run a closed shop policy where we tell the dancers you can only dance at our competitions as some highland organisations do, although these other organisations may ban a dancer for dancing outwith there own highland organisation if they are reported.

The S.O.H.D.A will never report dancers to other organisations as we believe that dancers should be able to choose to compete at any competition or Highland Games, free to dance all the dances and all the steps within a dance without fear of retribution and punishment.

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Are the outfits expensive and where do I go to get them.

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Outfits can be expensive to buy new from a shop as they are normally made to measure although there are other options second hand outfits are available to buy at competitions, through your dance school, online and of course there is always the local outfit maker who works from home. Your dance school or members of your dance school will be able to give you contact details for outfit suppliers.

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How many Highland and National Dances are there available to learn.

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At present there are over three dozen different dances that could be learned. There are also many variations of different / alternate steps within a single dance to be learned as well.

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Will I have to perform only certain steps within dances at competitions.

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No we do not set out the dance steps for the rest of the year that you can perform at competitions. We encourage dancers to learn the alternative steps within a dance and use them at competitions. Our aim is to keep the dances and the dance steps alive through teaching and performance.

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Do I need to have learned all the dances before I can enter a competition.

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No you don't have to learn all the dances prior to entering a competition you can enter for as many dances as you want or have learned.

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Will I have to take Highland Dancing examinations.

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No you won't have to take any of the Highland or National examinations if you don't want to.

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