San Jose School of Highland Dancing


Students are placed into appropriate classes by teachers based upon skill and age. See the Calendar for class and workshop dates/times.



Dancers who are 6 years old and under are considered primary. At age 7, primary dancers automatically become "beginners." Primary dancers learn: Pas de Basques, Pas de Basques and Highcuts, Highland Fling, and Sword Dance.


Beginner I

New dancers (age 7 or older) with little or no experience. These dancers learn: Highland Fling, Sword Dance, and Scottish Lilt.


Beginner II / Novice

Beginner and Novice dancers with experience. They are expected to know: Highland Fling, Sword Dance and Scottish Lilt. These dancers learn: Seann Truibhas, Strathspey and Highland Reel, and Flora MacDonald's Fancy.

Beginners become Novices when they earn six stamps at competitions. Novices become Intermediate when they earn six stamps at competitions.



Intermediate / Premier

Intermediate dancers spend 1-year learning all the dances that premiers perform in competitions. After one year they automatically become Premier.

Premiers compete at the highest level and learn all dances, including championship steps which change every year. These dancers know these additional dances: Strathspey and Highland Reel and Half Tulloch, Wilt thou go to the barracks, Johnny?, Highland Laddie (Hielan' Laddie), Blue Bonnets Over the Border, Village Maid, Scotch Measure (Twasome), Earl of Erroll, Sailor's Hornpipe, and Irish Jig.


Teen / Adult

Recreational class for new and continuing dancers with some, little or no experience.

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