Highland Dancing

Highland Dancing 2024-03-28T09:04:27+00:00

Walkers Shortbread Highland Dancing Championship

Cornhill Highland Games currently attracts the largest number of competitive Highland Dancers on the Grampian Highland Games circuit.

The Highland Dancing competition gets under way at 10am for the Primary, Beginner and Novice groups.

The Intermediate and Premier Highland Dancing starts at 1.30pm.

Entries should be made in advance.  Please download form and return with payment.

Entries to be emailed to dancing@cornhillhighlandgames.org

Entries open: 10am on Monday 13th May 2024

Entries close: 8pm on Sunday 26th May 2024

Enquires to Dancing Convenor, Mary McKilligan, email: gmckilligan@btinternet.com 

Download Highland Dancing Entry Form 2024


Highland Dancing includes:

The Highland Fling – The most famous of the solo Highland Dances, said to derive from the antics of a courting stag on a Scottish hillside.  The raised arms imitate the stag’s antlers.

The Sword Dance – Originated in 1054, the dance since became a ritual before battle in which clansmen would dance as close as possible to the sword blades – a sign of daring as to touch the blades was a bad omen for the next day.

Shean Truibhas – Meaning ‘old trousers’ in Gaelic.  The dance recognises the repression after the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 when bagpipes and kilts were banned.  Dancing is done in trousers and the slow tempo represents the disgust at having to do so, whilst the shaking movements represent shaking off the trousers and the quick steps are displays of pleasure when Scots were once more able to wear the kilt.


  • Class 1 – 9 years and under

  • Class 2 – 11 years and under

  • Class 3 – 13 years and under
  • Class 4 – 15 years and under
  • Class 5 – Adult


  • Highland Fling (4 steps)
  • Seann Truibhas (3 & 1)

  • Irish Jig (3 & 1)
  • Sword Dance (2 & 1)
  • Half Reel of Tulloch
  • Saliors Hornpipe (4 steps)
  • 16 Pas de Basque
  • Pas de Basques & Highcuts (4 times)
  • Flora MacDonald (4 steps)

  • Scottish Lilt (4 steps)