SA State Committee
of Highland Dancing

Highland Dancing has existed in Scotland from the earliest recorded times.

It was performed at Clan Gatherings to Gaelic Mouth Music and later to Bagpipe accompaniment.  Tunes were written for specific dances and these have continued to be used and will be used as time goes by.  It is very much a traditional form of culture and has a very definite basic set of positions and steps.

As with all traditional formulae there were many small variations performed in different districts.

At a meeting in 1950 people intensely interested in Highland Dancing as a competitive “sport” – as performed at various Highland Games in Scotland and around the World – came together to try to bring some uniformity to the competitive area.  This was called the Scottish Official Board.

An Australian Board was set up and from the inaugural meeting a South Australian State Committee was formed.

These organisations act as governing bodies one affiliated with the other.  While the Scottish Board sets the technique, the Australian Board and the various State Committees have a degree of autonomy when it comes to aspects of local conditions where the competitions are being held.  The State Committee in South Australia has as its members the representatives of Caledonian Societies; Associations interested in Highland Dancing and the Principals of Highland Dancing Schools

The technique governed by these bodies is limited to the dances, which are used in competitions.  There are many other dances, which are carried on in traditional ways, which are used for displays for pure enjoyment.

The SA State Committee is committed to upholding the techniques of Highland Dancing as laid down by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing circulated through the Australian Board of Highland Dancing.  Our constitution gives as one of our objectives the fostering and continuing interest to keep the traditional forms current

The programme for all competitions is organised so that all stages of development are catered for.  There are sections for Primary (four to seven years), then various age groups (usually within two or three years) in sections for Beginners, Novice, Intermediate and Premier.  The Premier sections are those most experienced and expert dancers.  The age grouping in these sections cover the widest area from seven years to those in the adult age groups.