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The Power of Highland Dance

Did you know that our body language affects how we feel? Research has shown that posing in expansive postures for as little as two minutes can make us feel and perform better. It makes us feel more powerful, confident, assertive, less stressed and anxious, happier and more optimistic. Specific experiments have shown that holding “power poses” give the following benefits:

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Image from Amy Cuddy’s book “Presence - Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges”

  • lowers the stress hormone cortisol and increases testosterone

  • increases our agility in abstract thinking

  • makes it easier to retrieve and focus on positive memories

  • makes us more likely to assert ourselves, to identify and seize opportunities, take risks and persist

  • toughens us to physical pain

  • elevates non-verbal presence, improving our performance in stressful situations like interviews

The crazy news is that you don’t even have to physically do the postures - you can IMAGINE them and experience the same benefits!

Now take a look at the basic positions and movements of Highland Dance. They are all Power Poses! With thousands of hours of power posing/dancing (often over swords!) under their belts, is it any wonder highland dancers go on to be the top of their professional fields?! Coincidence? We don’t think so!! The next time you are facing a challenging or stressful situation - try standing in first position or dancing a Highland Fling!

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Learn more about this fascinating research by watching Amy Cuddy’s viral TED Talk or reading her book “Presence - Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges”


Spring Highland Dance Classes Start Mar 3rd!

There may be more snow in the forecast, but Spring is just around the corner! Our 2019 Spring sessions start on Mar 3. . Register for both sessions and get a FREE class! Full details on the classes can be found HERE, and some quick details are below. Celebrate the new season with a Spring Fling!

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Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM: Premier

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM: Novice/Intermediate

Sundays 1:00-2:30 PM: Beginner

Ongoing Sunday adult classes are held at Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

Spring Session #1 - Mar 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, Apr 7, 14 & 28; 8 classes, $200, Max. 9 students per class

Spring Session #2 - May 5, 12 & 26, Jun 2, 9, 16 & 23; 7 classes, $175, Max. 9 students per class

Pre-registration and full session payment required (sorry no refunds). The fee for each regular session is payable at or before the first class of each session. Save your spot today as class size is limited! REGISTER online or CONTACT US for more info.

Are you at the Absolute Beginner Level? Want to learn the basics from the start?? Send us a message to get on the list for our next Absolute Beginner Workshop!

Crooked Fire Video Release!!

We are thrilled to reveal to you our latest creative project, directed and choreographed by our Artistic Director Susan Nase... Crooked Fire! Shot on a cold day in December, this video captures our newest choreography on film. Set to the infectious music of Skerryvore, our dancers push the boundaries of contemporary highland dance with precision, energy and just a wee bit of sass!

We had the great pleasure to work with a stellar crew, an amazing hair and makeup team and the fabulous shooting and editing talents of Philip Corr of Wee Beastie Productions. The dancers put in a long full day on set, not to mention weeks of rehearsals to make this vision come to life. We couldn't be happier with the results and hope you love it too!

Check out the full Crooked Fire video HERE!!

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Learn Highland Dance in 2019! Absolute Beginner Workshop in February!

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Have you always wanted to give Highland Dancing a try but didn't know where to begin? Looking for a new activity to get you moving in the New Year? No experience is necessary! This February we are thrilled to offer a 4-week workshop for absolute beginners! Learn all the basic positions and movements from the very beginning and walk away knowing how to dance a 4-step Highland Fling! If (when) at the end of the workshop you have been bitten by the Highland Dance bug, you'll have all the foundation you need to join our ongoing beginner classes. Go ahead and register today! We can't wait to dance with you!

Thursdays 8:30-9:30 pm, taught by Katherine Gray

Feb 7, 14, 21 & 28; 4 classes, $80

Scottish Cultural Centre (8886 Hudson St)

Save your spot today as class size is limited! REGISTER online or CONTACT US for more info.

Register for Winter Classes!

Before you sign off for the holidays, make sure to register for Winter Classes! Our Sunday classes start back on Jan 6, 2019 and we're thrilled to offer another Core and Cardio Workshop on Thursdays with Katherine Gray! Full details on the classes and workshop can be found HERE, and some quick details are below! See you in class in the New Year!

Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM: Premier

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM: Novice/Intermediate

Sundays 1:00-2:30 PM: Beginner

Ongoing Sunday classes are held at Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

Sunday Winter Session - Jan 6, 13, 20 & 27, Feb 3, 10 & 24; 7 classes, $175, Max. 9 students

Thursdays 7:30-8:30 PM: Core & Cardio, Open to all levels

Core & Cardio classes are at the Scottish Cultural Centre (8886 Hudson St)

Thursday Winter Session - Jan 10, 17, 24 & 31, Feb 7, 14, 21 & 28; 8 classes, $150

Pre-registration and full session commitment required. The cost for each regular session is payable at or before the first class of each session. 

Private and semi-private lessons are also available. Save your spot today as class size is limited! REGISTER online or CONTACT US for more info.