What is highland dance?

Equal parts athleticism and grace, highland dance is a form of dance originating from 16th century Scotland.

For traditional competitions, dancers compete individually, wear tartan kilts, and dance to bagpipe music. For performances, dancers perform choreographed dances as a group with creative costumes and music.

Never watched highland dance? Check out this video of our dancers:


Why choose Highland Dance?

  • Fun, social environment to make lifelong friends

  • Great cardiovascular exercise

  • Instills self confidence and discipline

  • Opportunities to perform in competitions and shows locally and internationally


When can my child register for classes?

We welcome new dancers anytime with year round enrollment.

Dancers can start at any age.


How many days a week will my child dance?

Time commitment is dependent on your dancer’s level of progress. Typically young children new to highland dance attend one class per week. As your dancer advances, the teachers will inform you of opportunities for additional classes.


What should my child wear to class?

Attire: Comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement. Please wear fitted T-shirts and shorts or bodysuits.

Footwear: New beginners may participate in their bare feet for their first classes. You’re welcome to bring footwear from other dance classes (such as ballet or jazz). Please do not purchase a pair of highland shoes before your dancer’s first class, we’re happy to help you find the best fit once you get started.


What type of Competitions and performances can my dancer participate in?

All dancers participate in a Year End Show at the Chief Sepass Theatre in June.

Dancers are not required to compete, however most Celtica dancers participate in numerous local competitions and highland games throughout the year. Some of our dancers have been fortunate enough to travel the world and compete at the provincial, national, and world championships.

Previous non-competitive performances available to our dancers have included: the PNE, Fort Langley Canada Day Celebrations, Robbie Burns Dinners, and others.


When and where are classes?

Classes are held after school on weekdays. For the 2019/2020 season, beginner classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays. Contact us to learn the day and time that is best for your dancer.

Group classes are held at Willoughby Hall and private lessons are held at Jennifer’s home studio in Langley.


How much do Classes cost?

Monthly fees begin at $55 (60 minutes, once per week) and increase with class duration and frequency. Contact us to learn more about the best class(es) for your dancer and the associated fee.


How Do I Learn more or enroll?

We’re thrilled you’re interest in joining Celtica! Send us an email (celticahighlanddance@gmail.com), call us or text us (778-865-8676), or complete the form on the Join Us page.

 

See more student photos in our Dancer Gallery