Policies and Links
What to Bring:
A water bottle, notebook and writing utensil should be brought to every class if possible. Proper clothing is important for all students. Premier Class dancers should bring their dance theory books as well. But most importantly, bring a good attitude and lots of energy!
Please print and fill out this waiver before your first class!
Students are asked to arrive ready for class dressed in a fitted tank top or t-shirt, shorts with knee high socks (white or wool dance socks) or leggings, and dance ghillies (traditional Highland Dance shoes). New students can use ballet practice shoes temporarily. Long hair should be pulled back. No jeans or baggy clothing, please!
Please arrive on time dressed properly and ready to learn, work hard and have fun. Talking, making friends, and laughing is encouraged, but disruptive or rude behavior will not be tolerated. Parents are asked to not intrude on or disrupt their dancer's class time and under the FUSTA Child Protection Program, private lessons should be conducted with a parent or adult family member present wherever the lesson takes place. Practicing at home is one of the most important ways to prepare for class and is expected!
Because Scottish Highland Dance takes time to learn and perfect, classes should be taken regularly, and enrollment for the month will constitute a commitment of weekly dance classes.
Payments are due on the first lesson of every month. Late payments will incur a $25 fee unless prior arrangements are made and agreed upon.
Life happens and cancellations are understood, but refunds will not be issued with less than 24 hours notice except in the case of emergency. Dancers can request a private make-up class with a $10 courtesy fee in the event of a last minute cancellation. The make-up fee will be waived if the teacher needs to cancel class for any reason.
Important Links and Registration
FUSTA (Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators) registration is required for all competing dancers.
SHDA (Seattle Highland Dancing Association) is a volunteer run group that organizes and hosts competitions in the Seattle area. Registration is required to dance at Seattle competitions and grants the member the ability to vote within the organization.
PHDA (Portland Highland Dancing Assoication) is a volunteer run group that organizes and hosts competitions in the Portland area. Registration is required to dance at Portland competitions and grants the member the ability to vote within the organization.
SDTA (Scottish Dance Teacher Alliance) is one of the bodies governing style and technique in Highland as well as other forms of dance. Mehs School of Highland Dance is associated and certified with the SDTA and any testing will be done through this organization.
BATD (British Association Teachers of Dancing) is another governing body that supervises the growth and style of Scottish Highland Dance. While this school is not associated with the organization, it plays an important role in our community and many local teachers are BATD certified.
SOBHD (Scottish Official Board of Highland Dance is a supervisory organization that that governs and represents all other groups promoting Highland Dance.
Highland Xpress is one of the resources available providing Highland Dance costume and accessories and is a good place to start your Highland Dancing journey. Most items from kilts to theory books are available for order online.