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Balmoral Highland Dancing Uniforms

The Victorian Scottish Union and it's Dancing Committee regulate the costumes that are to be worn for competitions and official dance-outs. The rules are updated from time to time and dancers and their parents must check changes with their teacher.

  • Summer Kilt
  • Winter Kilt or Full Kilt
  • Beginners Kilt
  • Sailors Costume
  • Irish Costume
  • Aboyne Costume



Afternoon Tea Roster

An afternoon tea roster for each dancing season gives families the opportunity to share in the workload of the club. Rostered parents are required to provide afternoon tea/lunch for the judge and their partner on the day. It is usual for the rostered family to sit with the judges party for afternoon tea.

Rules of the Association

A copy of the rules of the association for the Balmoral Highland Dancing Association Inc is attached for the information of members and intending members.

History and Legends of Highland Dancing

Originally, all Highland Dances were danced by men. They required great strength and agility with strong elevation and vigour. Highland Dancing is one of the most sophisticated forms of National dance in the world.

Highland Dancing is distinct from Scottish Country Dancing. It comprises four dances all of which are exclusively male, but now, the majority of dancers are female. In competition all the dances are solo, including the reels, though these are occasionally performed as team dances.

Many of these dances originated in the Outer Hebrides. Most of them were composed by itinerant dancing masters during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, for their young lady pupils to dance on special occasions at parties and balls. There are many more of these dances, which are not included in competitive dancing programs, but they are all most attractive.

The first woman recorded as competing in the all-male Highland Dancing events at Gatherings was a young lady named Jenny Douglas. She appeared in the same garb as that worn by the men - bonnet, sporran, plaid and all. This happened in the late 19th century.

Today, the position is reversed, more girls compete nowadays, although many boys and men still compete in Scotland. Girls' costume has been designed to produce the more feminine dress currently seen at Highland Games.


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