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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 6th, 2024. 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 Friday, March 25th, 2024 to avoid a late entry fee. Late entries will be accepted until Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 with an additional late entry fee of $25.00.
  • All dancers must present their 2024 Registration card at the time of registration. Your registration card will also be used as your gate ticket.
  • 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


  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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