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Highland Dance Rules


•Competition is governed by the rules and regulations of the Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (RSOBHD) and Scotdance USA (SDUSA).

•The decision of the Adjudicator is final. Protests must be made in writing and submitted to the Competition Organizer within 7 days of the event accompanied by a $25 fee that will be refunded if the petition is warranted

•The competitor’s age will be as of Saturday, April 1st, 2023. Age groups will be determined after the closing date of entries. The Competition Committee reserves the right to change any event or time schedule as needed

•Last to enter, first to compete and “fill in” for Reels.

•Three-Month Rule – Judges may not adjudicate any competitor that they have instructed for a period of three months. If a competitor has entered a competition with a judge they have attended a class or workshop within the last three months, the dancer must step down from the competition.

•Entries must be received by Tuesday, March 21st, 2023 to avoid a late entry fee. Late entries will be accepted until Tuesday, March 27th, 2023 with an additional late entry fee of $25.00.

•All dancers must present their 2023 Registration card at the time of registration. Dancers without card WILL NOT be allowed to compete. Your registration card will also be used as your gate ticket.

•Dancers are not required, but may wear a mask while competing or remove the mask before dancing on stage in which case a bag should be used to place the mask at the entrance of stage.

•In accordance with ScotDance USA policies, dancers must not change costumes in public view. Dancers must arrive fully dressed and ready to dance.

•In accordance with ScotDance USA policies, dancers must not change costumes in public view.

•All dance competitors, teachers, and parents are expected to comply with the ScotDance USA Code of Ethics

•The above rules and procedures to be updated as needed with SDUSA and State updates.


  1. Registration begins at 9:00 AM.
  2. Dancing starts PROMPTLY at 9:30 AM.
  3. PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and PREMIER registration will begin at 12:00pm with competition immediately following lunch break.
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