Dance Registration

2023 Dance Registration is closed.

Good luck to everyone at this year’s competition!

Please read and ensure you understand all information provided.
COMPETITION DATE: Saturday, August 26th 2023

R.S.O.B.H.D. Reg. No. C-ON-CO-23-2346

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Judge: Erin Mansfield


  • Entries MUST be submitted by August 8th, 2023 or be subject to late entry fee of $20.00
  • No entries will be accepted AFTER August 12th, 2023
  • A maximum of 125 dancers will be accepted.


  • Children under 12 years are free at the gate.
  • Advance gate tickets (12 yrs +) are available for purchase online. Please visit the Tickets page.
  • All competitors 12 yrs & older will receive an entry ticket with their registration.

Please advise immediately via email of any changes in a dancer’s status. On the day of the competition, if you are feeling unwell, waiting for the result of a COVID test, experiencing COVID-like symptoms, or if you have been asked by Public Health to self-isolate, please stay home

General Information

  • Please do not enter the grounds until Highland Games staff has arrived.
  • Morning registration to open at 8:00 am for Primary, Beginner & Novice.
  • Competition to start at 8:30 am with the Fling.
  • Afternoon registration to open at 10:30 am for Intermediate & Premier.
  • Competition to start immediately following the morning awards with the Hornpipe.

Dances & Entry Fees:

Primary ($20.00): PdB (16), PdB & HC (x4), Fling (4), Sword (2&1)

Beginner/Novice ($25.00): Fling (4), Sword (2&1), Seann Triubhas (3&1), Lilt (4)

Intermediate/Premier ($30.00): Fling (4), Seann Triubhas (3&1), Strathspey & Highland Reel, Hornpipe (4)

Note: The above dance fees include a $1 ScotDance Canada fee.


Dance Competition will be held on the outdoor stage, located in the West corner near the beach. There will be a set of bleachers for spectators, whoever, it is limited seating, please bring lawn chairs. In the event of rain, the Dance Competition will be held inside of the Agricultural Hall.


Limited parking is available onsite as a “First come, first served” basis for $10. Additional free parking located at the Almonte Arena, with a free shuttle to the grounds. Please do not enter the grounds until Highland Games staff are present. They will direct you accordingly.

Rules Governing Competition

The NLHG will not be responsible for loss of property or injury no matter how caused. The philosophies and applicable rules of the RSOBHD will govern the conduct of this competition. All dancers must present a valid dancer registration card, or proof that one has been applied for, on the day of the competition. Any dancer without a card must pay a $10 penalty and have any awards won withheld until such time as the dancer can present their valid card.

Technique and steps will be judged under RSOBHD regulations. Judge’s decision is final. Steps as indicated by numbers in brackets on this entry form. Dancers must dance in own category and age group. Age is determined as of the day of competition. Age groups formed at the discretion of the Games Committee according to entries. Age groups of fewer than 8 dancers will be avoided where possible. Swords will be placed for all competitors. Competitors will dance in reverse order of receipt of entries: “First to enter, last to dance”.

Please Note: As per ScotDance Canada’s “Child and Youth Abuse Prevention Program policy, dancers will not be permitted to change in public areas, nor be permitted to be in the competition area only wearing bra tops or sports bras with dickies. Dancers must wear their jacket/vest, sweatshirt, studio jacket or tank top over any bra-type top used for dancing whenever outside the designated change area. We ask all dancers and parents of dancers for their cooperation in this regard and to please use the designated change areas when changing.

Awards & Trophies

Prizes awarded to a maximum of 6 places with the appropriate dance points awarded (137, 91, 71, 53, 37, 23). Primary through to Premier will receive awards for 1st – 6th. Aggregate trophy will be awarded in each age category except Primary.

Cash Awards given to the most senior Premier age group as follows: 1st – $40, 2nd – $35, 3rd – $30, 4th – $25, 5th – $20, 6th – $15. Dancers must remain in appropriate costume for presentation of awards.

Most Promising Dancer: A perpetual and keeper trophy will be awarded to the Beginner or Novice dancer who is deemed most promising by the Judge.

Dancer of the Day: An overall perpetual and keeper trophy will be awarded to the Premier dancer with the highest total points over all events and all Premier age groups. As per RSOBHD rules, age groups must have a minimum of 6 competitors on the day of competition in order to be eligible for an overall perpetual trophy. If there are fewer than 6 competitors in any individual dance, then points gained in that dance will not be included in the total aggregate points for the overall perpetual trophy. If it has been decided to hold a ‘dance off’ for an overall award, then all eligible competitors may compete regardless of the number of competitors within their individual group.