SDTA National Book 2018 Edition

The 2018 Edition of the SDTA Scottish National Dances book is now available to buy from the online shop at a cost of £10.

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Joan Murray

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the loss of Joan Murray, a member of the SOBHD Judges’ panel, who passed away on Saturday 20th January 2018.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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

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2018 SOBHD Constitution & Rules

An updated version of the SOBHD Constitution & Rules is now available to buy from the online shop at a cost of £8.

Make sure you are up to date with this latest 2018 edition of the Rules and Recommendations as laid down by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing.

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Isobel St. John

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the passing of Isobel St. John, a former member of the SOBHD Judges Panel and Competition Organiser..

Her funeral will be held on Thursday 18th January at Calvary Church, 344 Muir Street, Motherwell, ML1 1BN at 12pm and then 1pm at Holyrown Crematorium, Memorial Way, Holytown, ML1 5RU.

Our thoughts are with Isobel’s family at this time.


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Loree Martin Vellner

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the loss of Loree Martin Vellner who passed away on Sunday 31st December 2017.

Loree passed away peacefully while in hospital December 31, 2017.  She was a gracious, kind, compassionate and generous lady who will be missed by all she touched. Loree, a former Life Member of the SDTA and SOBHD judges’ panel,  served as ScotDance Canada’s second President, and was appointed as an Independent Member in 1998. Loree retired from her Independent Member status in 2011 and subsequently was appointed an Emeritus member of ScotDance Canada. For many years, Loree was the sole sponsor of the choreography competitions at the ScotDance Canada Championship event—a true ambassador for highland dancing within and outside of Canada.  She is survived by her husband Bob, daughter Susan and son Marty. “

Our thoughts are with Loree’s family at this time. 

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Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Dance Team

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Dance Team.

Please refer to the link below for further information.

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Tattoo Dance Company Application Form 2018

Applications for the 2018 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Dance Company are now being accepted.

For further details please click on the application form below.

REMT Tattoo Dance Company Application Form 2018

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Betty Sutherland, 2017 Atholl Clasp Recipient

Congratulations to SOBHD Independent Member Betty Sutherland, who was awarded the Atholl Clasp for 2017. Betty was presented with her award by the Atholl Dancing Association Chairman, Liz Douglas, at the 2017 SOBHD AGM.

Picture with SOBHD Chairman Christine Lacey MBE and President Billy Forsyth MBE, courtesy of Ronnie Cairns Photography.

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2016 – 2017 UK Champion of Champions

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 SOBHD UK Champion of Champions Oscar Winners and their Teachers:

Juvenile – Ellie Dalrymple (Teacher – Fiona MacNeil); Senior –  Michelle Gordon (Teacher – Brenda Gordon);  Adult –  Ellis Hayes (Teacher – Shendl Russell).

Photograph courtesy of Ronnie Cairns Photography.

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Highland Dancing Digital Marketing and Branding

The SOBHD is seeking assistance from the Highland Dancing community.  We are looking for support from anyone with Digital Marketing or Brand Development backgrounds to get involved in an exciting initiative.

We are looking to develop a new brand and logo for International Highland Dancing that will be used to market our dance form to new and current participants.  The brand we are looking for will not replace the current SOBHD logo.  This will form the core of a new Digital Marketing initiative aimed at increasing awareness of Highland Dancing with an aim of increasing dancer participation.

If you have either branding or digital marketing skills and a background in Highland Dancing and are willing to help, please get in touch with the SOBHD by emailing by 30th November 2017.

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