Gladys MacDonald

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the passing of Gladys MacDonald, a former member of the SOBHD Judges Panel, who passed away peacefully on Saturday 2nd November 2019.

Our thoughts are with Gladys’ family at this time.

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Joe Flannagan

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the loss of Joe Flannagan, the husband of the previous SOBHD Director of Administration Helen Ford, who passed away on Wednesday 28th August 2019.

Joe’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 10th September at 3pm at Linn Crematorium, Lainshaw Drive, Glasgow G45 9SP.

Our thoughts are with Helen and Joe’s family at this time.

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2019 World Champions

Many congratulations to our 2019 World Champions: Rosey Watt, Macduff – World Juvenile Champion; Beret Dernbach, California – World Junior Champion; Marielle Lesperance, Nova Scotia – World Adult Champion.

Photograph courtesy of Ronnie Cairns Photography

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Paulina McMaster

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the loss of Paulina McMaster, a member of the SOBHD Judges’ panel, who passed away on Wednesday 14th August 2019.

Our thoughts are with Paulina’s family and friends at this time.

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SOBHD Dancers perform at Scottish Parliament

SOBHD were honoured to be asked to provide dancers to perform at the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 29th June.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Many congratulations to June Roy, SOBHD Adjudicator, and Eileen Lindsay, member of the SDTA and UKA, who have both been awarded the Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Highland Dancing and the community.

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The Jaialdia Mix

The Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland are supporting Dance Base and Basque partners on a new dance performance project for young people.

This free-to-participate international exchange project is a unique cultural dance experience where selected participants will have the opportunity to visit, rehearse, socialise and perform together, creating a pop-up community of talented young dancers from two northern cultures sharing their indigenous music and dance.

They are looking for young people aged 16-25 years with some experience of traditional dance particularly Scottish Highland dance.

Further information, including dates of the project available at

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Sydney Australia – Tattoo Dance Company Application Form (Dancers based outside of the UK)

Applications for the Tattoo Dance Company who will perform at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney, Australia are now being accepted.
Applications will be accepted from any dancer based outside of the United Kingdom. All applicants must be affiliated to the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD).

For further details please click on the application form below.

REMT Sydney, Australia – Tattoo Dance Company (non UK based dancers)

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Sailors Hornpipe Book (February 2019)

The Sailors Hornpipe book (revised February 2019) is now available to buy from the online shop at a cost of £12.

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BATD Scottish National Book (January 2019) Edition

The BATD Scottish National Dances book (revised January 2019) is now available to buy from the online shop at a cost of £10.

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