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Seven Pipers Highland Dance group Pages

Highland dance was traditionally an art form that was performed by the Scottish Armed forces, specifically the Black Watch, for training in agility, stamina, and balance. There are many myths about where Highland's roots lay, but many concern victory dances before or after battle.

In the early 1900's Highland became a competitive sport. Highland dance has many members around the world including the US, Canada, Scotland, England, France, Austrailia, and New Zeland to name a few. Competitions for dance are generally held at Highland games. Highland games are colorful events which usually include pipeband, dance, and heavy weight competitions.

Highland has evolved over the years and now many dancers not only perform the traditional dances like the sword, fling, sean truibhas, and hornpipe; but also develop exciting and fun choreographies based on the traditional movements. For those unfamiliar with Highland dance it can best be described as a combination of gymnastics and ballet usually set to bagpipes. Highland dance is an artform that defies gravity.

Some helpful links if you are just starting highland or have been a dancer for awhile follow:

FUSTA: Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators

BATD: British Association of Dance Teachers

Toe and Heel: Current information on the world of Highland Dance


Highland Xpress: major US distributor for highland dance ware

Highland Dance supply:UK based

Tartantown: major Canadian distributor for Highland Dance ware

Highland Island: another major US distributor for Highland Dance

The Reel: UK distributor:

Dancing Themes: beautiful highland competition outfits- somewhat limited on "off-the-rack" tartans though

Second hand highland dance costumes

This is a great site for nice second hand costumes

Tartantown: they have a consignment page

Highland Island: they have a consignment page

Highland Xpress: they have a consignment page

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About Seven Pipers Highland Dance group July 15, 2011 8:28 AM anonymous

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